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The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. Exterior changes that distinguished it from the XK120 included more substantial front and rear bumpers with overriders, and flashing turn signals (operated by a switch on the dash) above the front bumper.
The grille remained the same size but became a one-piece cast unit with fewer, and broader, vertical bars. The Jaguar badge was incorporated into the grille surround. A chrome trim strip ran along the centre of the bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) lid. An emblem on the boot lid contained the words “Winner Le Mans 1951–3″.
The interior was made more comfortable for taller drivers by moving the engine, firewall and dash forward to give 3 inches (76 mm) more legroom. The single battery was relocated from behind the seats to inside the wing (fender) on the inlet side.
The Roadster (designated OTS – Open Two Seater – in America) had a light canvas top that folded out of sight behind the seats. The interior was trimmed in leather and leatherette, including the dash. Like the XK120 Roadster, the XK140 version had removable canvas and plastic side curtains on light alloy barchetta-type doors, and a tonneau cover.
Sporting a striking combination of red exterior with biscuit leather interior, our 1957 Jaguar XK140 Roadster is highlighted by chromed wire wheels and Lucas driving lights. The previous owners have completed a minor freshening, including paint and interior. The car has a new complete top with side curtains.
The car presents nicely and is well suited for driving. In addition, this example benefits from new tires and an engine rebuild to enhance its touring potential and overall enjoyment and reliability. A service manual and tool roll are also included. As one of the few XK140 roadsters produced during the model run, this car is a fitting addition to any enthusiast’s collection.
190 bhp, 3,442 cc twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent wishbone front suspension with torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rear live axle with semi-elliptic springs, and servo-assisted Lockheed drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102″