1956 Jaguar XK140 3.4 Fixed Head Coupe

Make: Jaguar
Model: XK140 3.4 Fixed Head Coupe
Year: 1956
Registration Number: UPW 750
Chassis Number: 804674
Engine Number: G 7338-8S
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: 22 July 2014 / Exempt
Sold For: £63800

Auction Date: 19 September 2013
Lot No: 234

Launched at Earls Court in 1948, the first of Jaguar’s XK line, the 120, immediately caused a sensation. It was to become a great dollar earner for Britain as most XKs were exported to America. The XK140 arrived in 1954, sharing much of its forerunner’s styling, but was improved with upgrades such as an enhanced braking system, superior shock absorbers and rack-and-pinion steering. These models are considered amongst the greatest classics of all; the twin-cam, straight six engine survived well into the 1990s and powered motor cars from Le Mans winners to luxurious saloons.

This superb XK was the subject of a careful restoration (which included the replacement of corroded panel work) and a bare metal respray in 2004. The majority of the restoration was carried out by respected Jaguar specialist Sigma Engineering who used where possible all genuine Jaguar parts.

Attention to the mechanics included the replacement of the crankshaft, pistons and con rods etc… The motor car was rewired, the cylinder head gas-flowed and a new twin stainless steel exhaust system were also installed. The braking department was upgraded with front disc brakes, a servo and twin brake lines. The fitting of poly-bushes have improved the thoroughly checked steering system. Chrome wire wheels, shod with Pirelli P4000 Radial Ply tyres (205/70 ZR 15) replace the standard road wheels.

The original headlining and upholstery remain in place. The seats were carefully dismantled by Tarrant Valley Trimmers and the interior cushion supports replaced, retaining the original leather outer covers. This has preserved the interior’s original character.

All works were completed in 2005 and are documented on CD. UPW 750 has covered some four thousand miles since the rebuild and has been well-maintained and loved by its current custodian.

The comprehensive history file contains the original handbook, the V5C registration certificate, a CD produced by Jaguar containing service and parts manuals, the aforementioned disc detailing the restoration and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate. A quality car cover is also supplied.

This important XK140 is featured in the Encyclopedia of the World’s Most Fabulous Cars, the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Classic Cars and the XK Club Magazine.