The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. Exterior changes that distinguished it from the XK120 included more substantial front and rear bumpers with overriders, and flashing turn signals above the front bumper. The interior was made more comfortable for taller drivers by moving the engine, firewall and dash forward to give 3 inches more legroom. The XK140 was powered by the Jaguar XK engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, which raised the specified power by 10 bhp. The C-Type cylinder head, carried over from the XK120 catalogue, and producing 210 bhp was optional equipment. When fitted with the C-type head. Heavier torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes, the car was designated XK140 SE.
The Roadster had a light canvas top that folded out of sight behind the seats. The interior was trimmed in leather and leatherette, including the dash. Like the XK120 Roadster, the XK140 version had removable canvas and plastic side curtains on light alloy barchetta-type doors, and a tonneau cover. Realistically, a stock XK-140 SE could achieve a top speed of 120–125 mph. Road & Track 's XK-140 SE test in June 1955 recorded a best two-way average of 120.3 mph. All three models were outstanding, however, and only the most expensive exotica could match them either under real driving conditions or for kerbside presence. Taking into account reliability, refinement and sheer pleasure of driving, the XK140 was one of the outstanding cars of its day and it remains one of the greatest classic cars.
The Rarest of All XK’s is the XK140. It is believed that the total production run of 30,357 XK’s only 8,884 were XK140s, of these only 3,354 were roadsters. This particular car, a 1955 XK 140 Roadster SE, was originally a USA car, converted to RHD. Originally only 73 Right hand drive XK140 Roadsters were built. This stunning 1955 XK140 3.4 SE Roadster, finished in Old English White, red leather interior, black hood, tonneau and wire wheels is truly one of the most loved British Sports cars. This 140 Roadster SE is a matching Numbers car. The Engine is the correct 3.4 (C-type Head) that was in the car when it left the factory. This can be confirmed by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate which comes in the history folder. The “SE” model is a much rarer and sort after model, fitted with the C-type head, 2-inch sand-cast H8 carburettors, heavier torsion bars, twin exhaust pipes, wire wheels and fog lamps this is truly the Ultimate XK.
The XK comes with a substantial history file which contains old registration documents from both the UK and US. Old MOT’s going back to 1988 and old TAX Discs going back to 1990. The car came to the UK in 1988 and underwent a full detailed restoration, no expense spared. Photographs of its bare metal re-spray can be seen in the history folder. Many Receipts and Invoices included in the history folder, including work carried out by Martin Garrett (Jaguar Specialist). The most recent work has been carried out March 2015, where the car has had a lovely refresh and update. The spare wire wheel, Jack, Side screens and Tonneau cover are all included with the car. The Roof is in fabulous condition and appears to fairly new. Mot’d until March 2016 next year to continue on the history and ready to be driven and enjoyed for the Great British Summer. Described in Excellent Stunning condition this Iconic British sports car which is as exciting to drive today as it was in the 1950s. Viewing highly recommend, A great investment for the future.