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The Jaguar XK140 significantly added to the standard set by the XK120. The engine was moved forward 3" and the cowl and steering wheel raised 1", increasing passenger comfort. The XK140 featured more substantial bumpers and fewer bars in the cast-aluminum grille improved cooling while giving the car a bolder appearance. New “J” headlights were paired with optional twin fog lights, rackand- pinion steering was more precise, and stiffer roll bars improved handling.
US-market MC models sported wire wheels, dual exhausts, fog lights, and the 210 bhp C-Type head – for only $295 over the base $3,745 price. The sporting Roadster model was most popular, and 3,281 of the 3,354 built were left-hand drive. This two-owner car is the 516th left-hand drive XK140 Roadster built. It was delivered to Hornburg Jaguar in Los Angeles on December 20, 1954, and sold to F.R. Salazar of Denver, Colorado. In recent years, Dave Villalovos of Mountain View Auto Restorations in Littleton, Colorado, performed a concours-quality restoration for the consignor, and the beautifully presented car won the JCNA’s XK140 National Championship. In 2014, it was the Southwest Regional JCNA Driven Champion.
Not simply a show car, this superb roadster was upgraded with a Borg-Warner 5-speed gearbox, and is accompanied by books, tools, and accessories. It offers its next owner the all-out thrill of open-air motoring.