wonderfully original and very special XK140 is the FIRST Left Hand Drive XK140
Drophead Coupe (DHC) built. Chassis Number 817001.
As the very
first left hand Drophead Coupe produced it was very likely the
Paris and New York Auto Show display car. Records show that it was
imported as a new model to Max Hoffman's Jaguar dealership in New York.
Its first owner was A.F. Knowles of San Francisco.
Signs of its
likely display car days remain with chrome uprights for the front hood and
bonnet, chrome surrounds for the seats and even a period radio. The
original bolt on wires and skirts are included with the car. All numbers
match on chassis, body, engine block and gearbox.
This rare and
unusual XK140 is mechanically very strong and runs and drives very well. It is
100% ready for touring and could be something very special for its next owner.
The Jaguar Heritage Certificate is available for downloading under
"PDF" on this page.
Coast car was owned since the mid 1
s by a gentleman in Seattle and is still
owned by a friend of this long-term owner. With only 89K original miles
on the odometer , the car has recently been freshened with new wiring, new
stainless steel dual exhaust system, rebuilt carburetors, a re-cored radiator
and new brakes on all 4 wheels completed to the highest standards. It also has
just had a complete new interior and new top installed, using factory-correct
materials. The chrome is all original. The body tags show no signs
of ever having been removed as paint in the engine compartment appears to be
original. The chassis throughout is solid with no signs of accident
or rust repair. The paint has an aging patina with a respray in the 60s.
This XK140 was
introduced in built in October 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. Some signs
remain as it transitioned from the XK120 model, including a carryover of the
cushion on the transmission tunnel. The primary visual change was the more
substantial front and rear bumpers. Another new feature was modern
flashing turn signals, operated by a separate switch on the dash.
The Drop Head
Coupe is perhaps the most user friendly and luxurious of the early XKs.
Interior space increased considerably over the 120, allowing for taller drivers
to be comfortable in the car. One feature is real wind-up windows.
Its permanently mounted padded soft top is quiet and rich appearing when
closed, but also allows for open air motoring. The DHC has a very elegant
walnut-veneered dash and door cappings. As a gesture to practicality, a
jump seat was added to this model.
example is located and available for inspection in Seattle, WA by contacting
Dominic Dobson at 206-660-0399.