Lot 103

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe

SOLD $112,000


$80,000 - $90,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Sophisticated Dark Blue and Pale Gray Color Combination
Superb Left-Hand-Drive Model with Overdrive
Restored by Wellwood Auto Restoration
Highly Refined and Perfect for Touring
Accompanied by JDHT Certificate and Extensive Documentation

Technical Specs

3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
210 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

The XK140 debuted in October 1954 and shared the same spirited 3.4-litre engine and admired silhouette of its predecessor, the XK120, but offered improved brakes, steering, and suspension with telescopic shock absorbers, and a slightly more spacious interior.

Only 2,310 left-hand-drive Drophead Coupes were built between 1954 and 1957, and this car cruised out of the factory on August 23, 1955, wearing Pearl Grey paint with a red interior and black top. It was immediately dispatched to Hornburg Jaguar in Los Angeles, and, although its early days are largely undocumented, at some point received a replacement 3.4-litre XK150 engine. It was later restored by Wellwood Auto Restoration of Ventura, California, a process that included a cosmetic restoration in dark blue paint with a gray top and pale gray interior. The engine was rebuilt by Frank Monise Motors of Montclair, California, and all systems were stringently addressed. Fresh from restoration, the car was acquired by its current owner on October 22, 2014.

In 2018, XKs Motorsport of San Luis Obispo, California, completed a full inspection and work, to the tune of over $30,000. The mechanical and electrical systems were rebuilt or renewed, as described in the accompanying documentation. A new top was also installed by XKs Unlimited. More recently, in late 2019, the mechanical systems were reviewed, serviced, and found to be in excellent order, including the overdrive.

Beautiful to behold and dynamic to drive, this lovely statesman of the Jaguar line is a superb choice for drivers with a penchant for power and pedigree.