Year of manufacture #1955
Recorded mileage 88,127
Asking price £69,950
Vendor Runnymede Motor Co, Burnham Beeches, Bucks;
Price £1616 2s 6d
Max power 210bhp
Max torque 213lb ft
0-60mph 11 secs
Top speed 129mph
This smart left-hooker #XK
has recently been sprayed, by a #Bentley
and R-R specialist, because the paint was lifting after it was done in 2011. It was originally exported to Canada and repatriated in 1991, being mostly in Scotland since then, and barely used judging by the #SORN
applications and old MoTs confirming limited mileages. Bills for things such as not starting and seized brakes help to confirm that at times it’s had little use.
As an SE it’s fitted with overdrive, the so-called #C-type
cylinder head and bucket seats. It also sports a period Motorola pushbutton radio (with twin speakers cut into the rear panel) and a Moto-Lita wood-rim wheel.
Door fit is pretty close for an XK, the paint is excellent as you’d expect and the chrome is all good save for some pickling on the reverse light plinth. The tyres are fresh Blockleys on new-looking chrome wires, the same on the spare except that the wheel is painted. The chassis looks very solid, with newish stainless-steel exhaust, fuel pump and pipes. Inside, the hide doesn’t look very old and is holding up well, with a few scrapes on the door trims from the window winders. The dash veneer is good, but the ammeter doesn’t appear to work and neither does the radio. The motor is tidy with no major leaks, just the usual small drips from the rear main and the sump plug. The coolant is full and blue, while the oil dark and between levels, and there’s a Pacet electric fan fitted.
It starts instantly on the button, so the electric choke is working. Oil pressure is 40psi warm and temperature steady at 70ºC – what you want to see. The steering is fluid with no slop, but it feels as if it’s following every road imperfection. This could be due to the tyres, which had been standing. The gearchange is slick for an XK, with instant overdrive on top. Its brakes are firm, with enough bite to lock the wheels on damp roads. Sold with spare keys, a lubrication chart and an MoT current until March.
XK140 Fixed Head Coupé
Straight and recently repainted.
Nice leather trim and veneers; just a few scrapes on door trims.
Sorted, after recent fettling.
For + A great-looking example that goes and handles well.
Against - Tall drivers will struggle to get into the cockpit.
SHOULD I BUY #Jaguar-XK140
It ticks all the right boxes and it’s in its original configuration. Have a proper feel of it first, though.