C-Type Head: ’56 Jaguar XK140 MC
No, the headline isn’t some perverse trick to get you to read the story of today’s featured Jaguar. The XK140 is the second iteration of road going post-war Jaguar sports cars. The first being the fabulous XK120, the darling of the Hollywood set and yes, the rest of the world too. XKs came in 3 body configurations: a Fixed Head Coupe (FHC), a Roadster or Open Two Seat (OTS) and the Drophead Coupe (DHC). That continued in 1955 when the XK140 was introduced. The XK140 made things a little more livable for driver and passenger by moving the firewall and engine forward 3 inches. The bumpers were redesigned to afford more protection for those gorgeous flanks. The XK140 is powered by the Jaguar engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, which raised the specified power by 10 bhp to 190 bhp at 5500 rpm, as standard. The C-Type cylinder head (see headline), carried over from the XK120 catalogue, produced 210 bhp at 5750 rpm, was optional equipment. When fitted with the C-type head, 2-inch sand-cast H8 carburetors, heavier torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes, the car was designated XK140 SE in the UK and XK140 MC in North America. Today’s featured 1956 XK140 has the MC option making it the most desirable of Jaguars of the period. And if that isn’t enough, this Jaguar has had only 3 longterm owners (2 were a father and son) and accumulated a scant 26,500 miles to date – all documented with flawless records from day one. If you had the choice of every color on earth, you couldn’t select a more elegant and appropriate color combination. Offered through one of our favorite people in the business, Matt deGarmo, who is representing the owner. The asking price is $139,500. You can reach Matt by clicking here.