1956 JAGUAR XK140 MC DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis No. S818074DN
Engine No. G5933-8
Burgundy with beige leather interior and beige soft top
Engine: six-cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 3,442cc, 210bhp at 5,750rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual synchromesh with overdrive; Suspension: front, independent, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
October 1954 saw the introduction of the XK140 with major changes in appearance and engineering to the model. The classic XK lines were retained but were now protected by sturdier bumpers and a tougher grille. A chrome strip ran down the length of the hood, and another on the rear trunk lid drew attention to the medallion in the middle proclaiming the Le Mans wins of the marque. The rear bumper wrapped around the fenders and sported over riders.
Inside, the front seat and dashboard remained the same, but with considerably more leg room than the XK120 because the engine block was moved forward on the chassis. There was also space behind the front seat. The Special Equipment models designated "MC", like the car represented here, were fitted with wire wheels and Lucas FT576 foglamps mounted above the front bumper. With the C-Type head, developed for the C-Type Le Mans race car, the bhp was raised to 210 at 5,750rpm. Also with the C-Type head came a dual exhaust system which used two separate silencers with pipers running through holes in the chassis cross members and emerging below the rear overriders.
This fabulous XK140 MC Drophead Special Equipment model was originally supplied through Jaguar main agents Charles Hornburg, Inc. of Los Angeles having left the factory Works on 7 December 1955. It is a full matching numbers car that was fully and professionally restored to the highest of standards by marque experts in California. The body was removed and the chassis stripped, prepared and powder coated with all suspension bushes and running gear refurbished and replaced. A complete new braking system has been fitted, as well as a complete new electrical system. The engine was rebuilt and blueprinted with balanced crank and new pistons, etc. before dyno testing. The driveshaft was reconditioned and the differential received new seals. The Jaguar is also fitted with a new stainless steel exhaust system. The car has been beautifully repainted in deep burgundy and retrimmed throughout in beige Connolly leather upholstery with new carpets and new beige Stayfast soft top.
On a test drive last August the car drove superbly, having an excellent gearbox with overdrive, a responsive engine and proper brakes. The coachwork is unmarked and more recently the Jaguar won a JCNA Best of Class award in the Houston, Texas regional meeting.
In our opinion this is a superb example of the classic 3.4 litre Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe and one that drives and shows equally well.