20-21 January 2011


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Lot 133

1957 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe

  • Chassis no. S815802

Sold for $99,000

210 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, dual SU sidedraft carburetors, C-Type cylinder head, close-ratio four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

- Matching numbers, factory “MC” with close-ratio gearbox

- Body-off restoration

- Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate

When the sleek XK120 debuted at Earl’s Court in October 1948, it stole the show, prompting one journalist to comment, “all preconceived notions as to what was a series-production sports car disappeared overnight.” In 1954, the improved XK140 offered improved cooling, braking and precise rack-and-pinion steering, as well as greater passenger comfort and legroom, while retaining the 102-inch wheelbase and essential styling of its predecessor. During a brief three-year run, approximately 9,000 XK140s were manufactured, including about 2,800 fixed head coupes.

For those wanting more performance and style, the rare “MC” or “Special Equipment” option was available for only an additional $295. Engine output rose to 210 hp with the addition of a C-Type cylinder head, a crankshaft damper and a dual exhaust system, while wire wheels, fog lamps, windshield washers and upscale trunk fittings added further appeal.

This matching-numbers, factory-equipped 1957 Jaguar XK140 MC is equipped with a factory-fitted close-ratio gearbox and benefits from a body-off restoration completed in 2004 to JCNA concours-quality standards. Handsomely finished in red with tan upholstery, the XK140 has virtually perfect brightwork, Lucas headlamps, correct Lucas fog lamps and reproduction period Firestone whitewall tires, as well as a correct trunk compartment with a spare tire and tools. An auxiliary fan was added, and while originally equipped with four-wheel drum brakes, the car is presently fitted with four-wheel disc brakes. The woodwork is correctly restored, and the weather stripping remains tight and virtually as new. A stunning “turn-key” example, this splendid XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe has covered less than 3,100 miles since restoration and is complete with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate.


Please note this car now has a five-speed transmission and has been equipped with XK150 Jaguar disc brakes as well as an alternator instead of the original generator. The title for this vehicle is in transit.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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