Lot 127

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe

SOLD $120,400


$120,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve




G 6258-8

Car Highlights

Matching-Numbers XK140 Drophead Coupe; One of 2,790 Built
A Two-Owner Car for Approximately 55 Years
Recipient of Recent Restoration Work Totaling Approximately $130,000
Exquisitely Detailed Presentation, Highlighted by Beautifully Preserved Original Upholstery
Accompanied by Restoration Records, Tool Kit, and JDHT Certificate

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
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

Launched at Earls Court in 1954, and sporting the flowing lines of its predecessor, the XK140 presented several improvements. Of the XK140 Series, the Drophead Coupe was the elite model, appointed to provide ultimate luxurious open-top touring with its opulent wooden dash, comfortable leather seats, roll-up windows, and an all-weather convertible top.

Originally finished in red, this XK140 was first delivered in Buffalo, New York. In 1991, the daughter of its longtime owner placed the Jaguar in storage, where it remained until 2002, when it was sold and sympathetically restored. Acquired by the current owner in 2010, the XK140 was shipped to Zürich, where it essentially received a new restoration. Receipts totaling approximately $130,000 document the new top, mechanical overhaul, and a show-level refinish in the handsome Battleship Gray it wears today. Nearly $30,000 was spent on the interior alone, a remarkable number considering the Jaguar retains its original black leather upholstery. Copious documentation of the meticulous work attests to the particular affection the consignor has for this XK140. The Drophead retains its original matching-numbers engine (per its JDHT Certificate), beautifully patinated black leather interior, burled wooden dash, painted steel wheels, and rear wheel spats.

This impressive Jaguar, accompanied by its top boot, original tool roll, and restoration records, is a truly superb example of the sophisticated open XK140, and worthy of close inspection.