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*Please note that the correct Chassis Number for this car is S 811059, not S 811049 as stated in the catalogue. Please also note that this car does not feature overdrive.
According to its accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this striking XK140 MC Roadster from 1955 is an original left-hand-drive, US-delivery example factory equipped with the top-of-the-line “MC” package. A comprehensive performance and appearance combination, and a phenomenal value, the MC option comprised the “M” or “Special Equipment” package, including a crankshaft damper, dual exhaust pipes, enlarged SU H8 carburetors, twin fog lamps, and wire-spoke wheels. The “C” designation indicated the addition of a high-compression, Le Mans-proven C-Type cylinder head raising engine output to a heady 210 bhp.
Assembly of this XK140 MC was completed on February 28, 1955, and on March 30, 1955, it was shipped stateside to Charles Hornburg’s Los Angeles-based Jaguar distributorship. While intervening history remains unknown at the time of cataloguing, the Jaguar received a concours-quality restoration during the early to mid-1980s, and it then joined a private collection where it was sparingly used and carefully stored.
As offered, the Jaguar remains impressive in every respect with a straight body, proper panel alignment, lustrous paint and brightwork, and a handsome cockpit trimmed in biscuit Connolly hides. Recently, the consignor entrusted it to a Jaguar specialist, who expertly attended to mechanical systems to ensure a brisk driving experience. As confirmed by receipts accompanying the car, work included new front and rear brake cylinders, a new master cylinder, a rebuild of the original radiator, and resurfacing of the cylinder head, plus new gaskets, hoses, and more.
Impressive throughout, this matching- numbers XK140 MC Roadster is ready to show and enjoy with equal amounts of pleasure, effectively “ticking all the boxes” for an astute classic Jaguar purchase. Accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and receipts for the mechanical work performed under the current owner, it will never fail to draw admiration wherever it goes.