1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupe

Beautifully Restored, Harrah Delivered, Automatic, 1 of 3 Made!

$89,800

Harry's Thoughts

The Fixed Head Coupes are about as sexy as you can get. Well, yes, the E-Types are sexy, but these are very close! This is an original, rust-free, restored 88k mile example that has a long history of being shown and toured in. And in Carmen Red with its SE Spec'd chrome wires, this is one to look at! It is one of three ever built with the automatic transmission.

THE ESSENTIALS

This is a beautifully restored 1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupe that has accumulated 88,000 miles from new and is stunning in its Carmen Red livery.  This Special Equipment (SE) Coupe is incredibly rare, reported to be one of only three built from new with left-hand drive and a 3-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission.  Having lived much of its life in the dry climates of Western US and then benefitting from a complete restoration, this SE Coupe is ready for concours exhibition or touring alike. 

This XK140SE was completed at the factory on June 7, 1956 and was dispatched through Hornburg of Los Angeles to Harrah’s in Reno, Nevada, as confirmed by the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certification.   We could easily picture Bill Harrah driving this Jaguar as one of his new daily drivers.  The SE or also know as the MC, is the top-of-the-line offering with wire wheels, dual exhaust, fog lamps and a higher performance head from the C-Type. 

Over the years, this SE Coupe has been a regular entrant at numerous shows throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, just after its restoration in 1989. This Jaguar was repainted and the interior upholstered while the drivetrain was out. It was also during this time that the engine was upgraded to a 3.8-liter block from a MkII with a head fitted with hardened valves and seats.  In 2002, the previous enthusiastic owner participated in a Jaguar sanctioned tour covering over 4,000 miles from Reno, Nevada to Albuquerque, New Mexico, all done without any incidents.  By 2007, this Jaguar was acquired and became part of a 3,500 car collection, one of the most valuable collections in the world. 

The livery is sexy and sporty in its rare original Carmen Red that is in overall very nice show quality condition.  The paint has excellent shine and luster with only a few very small chips that have been touched up. The chrome overall is in very good to excellent condition.  We love the chrome wire wheels offering a perfect contrast to the Carmen Red paint.  The correct wide white wall tires are as specified on its build records.

The interior is stunning in its gray leather which remains soft and supple today.   The gray contrasts well and looks more contemporary today.  The gray carpet looks nice but shows some wear and use due to its history of touring.  The gorgeous burl walnut dash and trim are luxurious and elegant.  The wood was beautifully restored and looks very nice today. This Jaguar has the extended legroom in the cockpit which makes its roomy and comfortable. The space behind the front seats allows for the storage of luggage during longer tours.

This SE Coupe has a later model upgraded 3.8 liter DOHC engine with dual SU Carburetors delivering 220 bhp.  The three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission with its upgraded engine makes for ease of driving along with spirited performance.  The entire drivetrain was restored and rebuilt, including the engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, and rear end.  In our recommissioning of the SE Coupe, we went through the brakes, tuned and serviced it, as needed.  All of the instruments function well with only a wobble in the speedometer reading.  Overall, this Jaguar performs beautifully and is without issues.  

The Jaguar comes with a file history, Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate and includes a full spare, tools, and jack.  We love the stunning color combination and reliable drivetrain. This Coupe would make a terrific classic daily driver or weekend fun car.

We have this competitively priced.  The Hagerty No. 2 Value is $102,000 and the NADA Retail Value is $106,495.  We have this priced to sell. 

For more information and details, please call, text or email Tina Smith at +1.602.730.1244 or sales@classicpromenade.com.  It is available for inspection at our Phoenix showroom.

1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupe

$89,800

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
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LOCATION USA
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1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupe
1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupe

$89,800

VIN S815710BW
BODY STYLE Fixed Head Coupe (FHC)
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 88,000
GEARBOX Automatic
DOORS 2
INT COLOR Gray Leather
EXT COLOR Carmen Red
YEAR 1957
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 386

Jaguar XK140 SE

The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. Exterior changes that distinguished it from the XK120 included more substantial front and rear bumpers with overriders, and flashing turn signals (operated by a switch on the dash) above the front bumper. The interior was made more comfortable for taller drivers by…
The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. Exterior changes that distinguished it from the XK120 included more substantial front and rear bumpers with overriders, and flashing turn signals (operated by a switch on the dash) above the front bumper. The interior was made more comfortable for taller drivers by moving the engine, firewall and dash forward to give 3 inches (76 mm) more legroom. Two 6-volt batteries, one in each front wing were fitted to the Fixed Head Coupe, but Drop Heads and the Open Two Seater had a single 12-volt battery installed in the front wing on the passenger side. The XK140 was powered by the William Heynes designed 3.4 litre Jaguar XK double overhead camshaft inline-6 engine, with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, which raised the specified power by 10 bhp to 190 bhp (142 kW) gross at 5500 rpm, as standard. The optional C-Type cylinder head carried over from the XK120 catalogue, and produced 210 bhp (157 kW) gross at 5750 rpm. When fitted with the C-type head, 2-inch sand-cast H8 carburettors, heavier torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes, the car was designated XK140 SE in the UK and XK140 MC in North America. In 1956 the XK140 became the first Jaguar sports car to be offered with automatic transmission. As with the XK120, wire wheels and dual exhausts were options, with most XK140s imported into the United States having the optional wheels. Cars with the standard disc wheels had spats (fender skirts) over the rear wheel opening. Factory spec 6.00 × 16 inch crossply tyres or optional 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 radials could be fitted on either 16 × 5K½ solid wheels or 16 × 5K (special equipment) wire wheels.

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