Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster
From 1948 through 1954, the brilliant XK120 established Jaguar at the forefront of sports car manufacturers with its graceful lines and impressive performance. While approximately 12,000 XK120s were built, its sound original design could easily be improved and updated. The resulting XK140 arrived in late 1954 with a comprehensive list of improvements designed to maintain Jaguar’s appeal, especially in the all-important U.S. market.
Notable upgrades included the addition of precise rack and pinion steering, improved brakes and cooling, plus more cabin comfort and legroom, an improvement made possible by the relocation of the batteries. The most popular model in America remained the OTS (open two seater), otherwise known as the Roadster.
Part of the RM Auctions event in Michigan in August, 2009; in California in August, 2011 and in Arizona in January, 2013.
210 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, “C”-Type cylinder head, twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox with Laycock de Normanville overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
Source: RM Auctions
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