Jaguar XK 140

Jaguar XK 140

The Jaguar XK 140 was a two-seat sports car, the Jaguar in 1954 as a successor to the Jaguar XK 120 brought to the market.

History of development

Technically, the XK 140 was based on its predecessor. Its chassis and suspension were largely unchanged. The main modifications concern the engine. Jaguar now offered a Sport version, the so-called S- version, the engine took over the cylinder head of the Jaguar C -Type. The basic version of the 3442 cc six-cylinder in-line engine made ​​190 bhp, the S version, however, 210 bhp. The more powerful version was only available in conjunction with optional equipment " Special Equipment ", but you could also order with the simpler engine. Over a four-speed gearbox ( with optional overdrive ) with floor shift operation of these to the rear wheels. The top speed was just over 200 km / h For American customers were in the Fixed Head Coupé and the Drophead Coupé, a three -speed automatic transmission from Borg - Warner. The bodies were taken over from the predecessor with only a few changes.

Externally, the design of the XK 120 was largely taken over by hip swing and two-piece windshield. The XK 140 was a solid bumper with horns front bumper with bumper horns rear lights and indicators above the front bumper. The Jaguar emblem moved from the hood to the revised grille, which - instead of the current 13 - only seven had braces and was now in the casting process. Because the engine by 7.5 cm on sat in the front and the batteries were no longer positioned behind the seats, the interior was enlarged so that the Coupé and Cabriolet now had two jump seats and the roadster has more storage space.

The XK 140 was still offered in three body versions:

  • XK 140 OTS as (Open Two Seater )
  • XK 140 DHC as (Drop Head Coupe) and
  • XK 140 FHC as ( Fixed Head Coupe).

Within three years, a total of 3347 Roadster OTS, FHC 2797 coupes and convertibles in 2740 DHC were produced.

  • Jaguar XK 140 FHC

Special bodies

The Jaguar XK 140 was some independent body works as a basis for your own designs:


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