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Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number.
According to an accompanying JDHT certificate, this XK140 completed assembly on April 18, 1956, finished in Pastel Blue paint over a red leather interior. Dispatched to the US on May 11th, the Jaguar was distributed to Charles Hornburg’s famed dealership in Los Angeles.
Featuring a more powerful version of the XK120’s 3.4-litre dual overhead cam engine, the XK140 also offered improved cabin space and amenities, particularly with the Special Equipment versions, such as the car offered here. In addition to its fine options, this handsome roadster also boasts a strong claim to former ownership by Roy Rogers, the world-renowned television cowboy.
While there is no single piece of unequivocal documentation proving the original owner’s identity, strong evidence suggests that this XK’s first owner was Roy Rogers. The roadster’s second owner, Robert Robeson of Arden, North Carolina, states that he purchased the Jaguar directly from Mr. Rogers in 1958. As Rogers was known to be a car enthusiast, racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats and even co-owning a Jaguar dealership at one point, he could have easily arranged for the purchase of such a well-appointed XK. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the roadster’s paint finish in Pastel Blue closely mirrors the colors of the stylized Nudie-designed suits that Rogers was known to wear.
An original North Carolina title demonstrates that Mr. Robeson owned the Jaguar as early as 1965, and a concours placard from sometime in the mid-1980s identifies an association with Roy Rogers, further supporting the connection. Mr. Robeson retained ownership over four decades, consistently maintaining the beautiful roadster in its original color scheme. Other than an older repaint, the XK is believed to be almost entirely original, still featuring its factory-fitted upholstery, trim, rubber seals, glass, and brightwork, as well as its matching-numbers drivetrain.
Recently acquired from Mr. Robeson’s son by the consignor, this fascinating XK140 offers great mechanical and cosmetic features with its Special Equipment package, including wire wheels, twin fog lamps, dual exhausts, a crankshaft damper, and the important C-Type cylinder head, the car’s most direct link to the famed factory Le Mans winners.
This Jaguar is offered with a premium interior kit from Original Specification Jaguar Interiors, a file of documentation, the original toolkit, and an owners manual. This striking XK was maintained by just two caretakers over the majority of its existence, with one owner retaining the car for 55 years. This lovely Jaguar has just undergone a full tune-up, and now deserves consideration by marque enthusiasts, who are bound to appreciate this limited-ownership mid-century British treasure.