Lot 7

2022   |   London Auction

1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe

SOLD £104,063


£90,000 - £130,000| Without Reserve


S 818123 DN


G 6411 8S

Car Highlights

Remarkably Original and Just Two Long-Term Owners from New

Desirable High-Performance SE Model in Distinctive Colors

Offered with Extensive Service Records and Purchase Documents

Benefits from a Recommission by CKL Developments in 2021

Retains Matching-Numbers Engine per Accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate

Accompanied by Rare Factory Spare Parts Kit

Technical Specs

3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Twin SU Carburetors

210 BHP at 5,750 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Electric Overdrive

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Front Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Torsion Bars and Anti-Roll Bar

Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Register to Bid

Joe Twyman

Temporary UK Import
See UK Registration/Import Status Guide in catalogue.

In 1954, Jaguar introduced the new XK140 sports car. It was in almost every respect a direct development of the highly acclaimed XK120. Many of the modifications focused on making the car a little more comfortable. The engine was moved forward in the chassis to increase the interior space, and more refined dampers were fitted. The elegant lines and powerful XK engine of the XK120 were carried over. In the high-performance Special Equipment or SE model, the 3.4-litre unit, fitted with the C-Type head, was good for 210 bhp.

According to its accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this XK140 was completed on November 9, 1956, finished in Pastel Blue with a red leather interior and equipped with a French Grey soft top. An SE model, its options included the competition-inspired C-Type head, twin exhaust system, wire wheels with knock-offs, and twin fog lights. Sold through Jaguar Cars New York, the car’s first owner was Earl R. Lawson from Rochdale, Massachusetts. Through Jaguar specialist “Doc” Scadron, it was then sold to its second and current owner in 1994.

Never fully restored and retaining a high level of originality, it has formed part of a fabulous collection of Jaguars. Preserving its remarkably original condition, the XK140 was recommissioned in 2021 by marque experts CKL Developments at a cost of approximately £45,000. For the collector searching for a high-performance SE model in original condition, this is an opportunity not to be missed.