This specific car started life on 25 November 1954, it is the secondly of the 74 RHD vehicles constructed, and was initially offered in the London area. It is the basic design with the 190 bhp engine rather than the 210 bhp engine with the C-type cylinder head which was located on the ‘Special Tools’ design. Nonetheless, the top speed of this design was still in the region of 125 miles per hour, or simply over 200 km/h. It has been restored to a high standard in its original black palette with tan hide interior and also hood as well as its initial disc wheels have actually been replaced with chrome cable wheels.
At the Electric Motor Show in October 1954, the XK120 design was replaced by the upgraded as well as enhanced Jaguar XK140 collection. The new model could be determined by the actors radiator grille with 7 bars, as well as by the larger area bumpers, front and also back, which were specifically required in the essential North American market, even if they did not boost the appearances of the automobile. Just like the XK120, the door home windows are removable side-screens– end up home windows not showing up until the arrival of the XK 150.
Under the skin, a worthwhile improvement was that the XK 140 had rack-and-pinion guiding, and since the engine was relocated 3 inches onward, a comparable amount of added room was liberated for guests. It additionally came to be possible to fit small occasional rear seats on the coupé designs. The engine was uprated, with power now estimated as 190 as opposed to the 160 bhp of the original XK 120.
The three body styles provided on the XK140 were the open two-seater, the decline head coupé as well as the set head coupé. Of these the open two-seater was still one of the most popular, with 3,356 built out of a total of 8,956 cars and trucks till early 1957. Originally, there were only 74 two-seaters with right-hand drive. In the home market, the two-seater expense ₤ 1,598 eights 4d without extras, however just 45 of these cars and trucks located home market customers. The main market for the open two-seater was now the U.S.A., with various other markets favoring the much more comfy coupé models.