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History of the Jaguar XK140
The Jaguar XK140 was the upgraded Jag following on from the XK120, and was released to the world by Jaguar in 1954. A true sports car of its age, the Jaguar XK140 was enthusiastically received in all corners of the globe and almost instantly rose to fame as the car to own if you could afford it.
As the upgraded version of the XK120, the Jaguar XK140 came with several notable changes and improvements. The first of these was the then cutting edge rack and pinion steering, which gave the driver more control and a tighter, more manoeuvrable ride in general. Also adding to ride comfort was the tube style shock absorbers, rare indeed in the 1950’s and highly desired by those in the know.
The engine was essentially the same as the XK’s older brother, although the SE version managed to cram a few more horses under the hood. The Jaguar XK140 SE rates at 180 bhp on the single exhaust engine and an impressive 210 bhp on the high compression type C head and twin exhaust model. More importantly than this though, the engine had been moved forward by a whole 76 mm, which made the interior significantly more spacious and improved weight distribution. Overdrive made by Laycock was available as an optional extra too.
The overall result was a stunning looking, comfortable and high performance sports car that wouldn’t be out of place in any millionaire’s garage. Having only been produced for two years, with production ending in 1956, the Jaguar XK140 is a rare vehicle in today’s market. The XK140MC, with the twin exhausts and C type head, is an even rarer breed, and with a 0 – 60 time of just 8.5 seconds, is the version the collectors would die to own.