1957 Jaguar XK140 SE/MC
Chassis: S 819172
Engine: G 9503-8S
Body: P 5660
Gearbox: JL 36624 CR
1 of 300 XK140 MC/SE Drophead Coupes
Meticulously documented restoration
Matching numbers 3.4 liter MC engine, and 4-speed transmission
Jaguar Heritage Certificate
In 1955 the XK140 followed up the hugely influential and successful XK120. It retained all of the beautiful looks of the XK120, but included a myriad of improvements including the moving of the engine, firewall and dash forward 3 inches to make room for taller drivers. This example, built on November 14th 1956, is the Special Equipment version (SE in the UK, and MC in North America), which included the more powerful C-type head, 2-inch sand-cast H8 carburetors, heavier torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes. The car also had the optional SE wire wheels, and Lucas Flamethrower fog lamps.
Earliest records show the car in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 60s. On September 1st 1984 an AT&T engineer named David McKay from Georgia purchased the car from its California owner, Michael Valencia. McKay recalled how original and unmolested the car was when he received it; I found only one wire out of place when I purchased it. Being an engineer by trade McKay kept meticulous documentation on the car from the day he received it, and all the way through its restoration.
Over 200 pages of hand-written notes and a complete book of photos show every step taken and every decision made throughout the process. The car was completely disassembled and painstakingly rebuilt, including the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, and electrical. The restoration began in 1985 and would be completed in 1991, just in time for the car to be sent out to compete at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance. As a JCNA Chief judge, McKay had prepped the car well and it took 2nd in class at it first Concours. With the challenge of getting the car finished completed McKay moved on to other projects and the Jaguar sat under a cover in his garage until 2005. With a bit of fettling the car came back to life and McKay began driving it to local events in Georgia, including collecting another 2nd place at the 2011 AJS Concours d'Elegance, scoring an impressive 99.2/100.
Since arriving at Canepa the XK140 has been thoroughly serviced and mechanically inspected. Over 100 hours have been invested in the detailing of this stunning car, and it is ready once again to grace a concours lawn.
Few cars deliver the true, original sports car experience better than the XK140. Whether it is the wind in your hair, or the vintage power and handling at your fingertips you will never be disappointed driving this British legend. And if the rain catches you off guard this Drophead Coupe has true roll up windows and a fully functional soft top. It is truly the best of all worlds.