Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster

This is the highly desirable XK 140 MC Roadster (Open Two Seater) model, fitted with the competition C-type heads, competition carburetors, and Fog lamps. Notable on this car are the rack and pinion steering, increased performance with the optional “C-Type” cylinder head and dual exhausts, which increased horsepower from 190 for a standard XK140 to 210 hp.

John Bolster, technical editor of Britain’s Autosport, said the 140 was “a great improvement in every important respect” over the 120. He added, “140s took two gear changes and 10 seconds to reach 60 mph,” but its real appeal was an ability to get to 100 mph quickly and cruise there “with only a whiff of throttle.” In June 1955, Road & Track tested a $3,745 MC roadster and saw 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds. That, it said, was “performance per dollar excelled by no other car . . .”

These cars had their XK engines upgraded at the factory with a cylinder head of the same design as the C-Type works cars built for Le Mans. The MC package also included improved cooling and stopping power and much-improved cabin comfort and legroom gained from repositioning the engine and firewall.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

210 bhp, 3,442 cc twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, leaf spring rear suspension and hydraulic front and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

Source: RM Auctions

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