Jaguar XK140 MC

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 car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

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"

Source: RM Auctions

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