The 1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC is one of those luxurious classic cars that evoke old-time gangsters and high-rollers highfaluting around New York‘s streets in one of those old black-and-white vintage movies. With its slender grill and large circular headlights bestowing upon the Jaguar XK140 DHC a cartoon character appearance, it is only when you take in the muscular and intense bodywork do you realise that this Jaguar is not an amusing joke. The legacy and reputation of Jaguar as a maker of cars that could dominate racing tracks at all the big circuits meant the XK140 was very much a statement of brute force in competition, yet sufficiently ordinary for the everyday driver with a fat wallet and very little time.
The XK140 series of classic cars first rolled off the production line in 1954 with the last models built in 1957, and was designed as the successor to the XK120. The model was designed to capitalise on Jaguar’s then reputation as a manufacturer of award-winning racing cars, of which one had won the Le Mans Rally in 1951. The main differences between the XK140 and XK120 Jaguars were that the former had larger bumpers with overriders and new flashing turn signals which were operated by a special switch added to the dashboard. It was also a bonus for taller drivers as an extra three inches of legroom was incorporated into the driver’s seat. In 1956 the XK140 became the first Jaguar sports car to be offered with automatic transmission. The DHC part of the car’s model name stands for Drop Head Coupe.
The pictures above were issued by Wexonmart, a luxury cars retailer based in Denver, United States, and the car featured was restored in 2010. It is being sold for a very massive sum of money due to the high demand for these rare classic motors among collectors and investors.
(courtesy of Wexonmart)
Engine: 3400 ccm 192 HP
Rare 3-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission
Drive type: RWD
Mileage: 900 miles