BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

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This 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe is finished in black over a tan leather interior and has been with the current owner since 1964. A comprehensive restoration was carried out by RMR Restorations of Hollis, New Hampshire between 2005 and 2014, reportedly entailing more than 3,100 hours of work and over $300k in cost. Power is supplied by a 3.4-liter DOHC inline-six, which retains a numbers-matching block and comes paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. Approximately 6,000 miles have been added since the restoration was completed, and this XK140 is now being offered on dealer consignment with a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, photos and receipts from the restoration, and a clear New Hampshire title.

The XK140 features large full-width bumpers with overriders and a body-length chrome center spear, exterior fittings not found on its predecessor, the XK120. This exterior has been refinished in the factory black and received new or refurbished brightwork during the restoration.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

The Drophead Coupe features an integrated windshield frame, insulated convertible top, and roll-up side windows. Close-ups of the black canvas top have been provided in the gallery below.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

As an MC model, this XK140 left the factory with stiffer suspension and chrome wire wheels. A set of Michelin X radials are fitted, and a matching spare resides in the trunk.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

Relative to the XK120, the 140 features a roomier cockpit. Jaguar moved the bulkhead three inches forward, affording more legroom for tall drivers. The dashboard was also raised an inch to give extra room beneath the steering wheel.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

A 4-spoke Moto-Lita wheel complements burled walnut dash and door caps. Tan leather and matching carpet were chosen during the restoration in place of the original red. 13k miles are shown on the odometer, approximately 6k of which have been added since the restoration was completed.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

In MC trim, the 3.4-liter DOHC inline-six came equipped from the factory with a C-type cylinder head, which raised the factory-rated output from 190 to 210 horsepower. The engine block remains numbers matching, though a replacement C-type head was fitted at some point in the past. Close-ups of the engine stampings and data plate have been provided in the gallery below.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

A 4-speed manual gearbox transfers power to the solid rear axle, and subtle upgrades include a stainless exhaust system and JAZ shocks. Additional lift photos have been provided in the gallery below.

BaT Auction: 54-Years Owned 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe

The included Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate shows that the car left Coventry on December 12, 1955 finished in black over a red interior. Photos and receipts from the restoration can be viewed in the gallery, including $219k for work performed from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2013. Another $100k was reportedly spent to finish the restoration in 2014. In-person inspections are welcome at the seller’s facility, Historic Motor Sports in Candia, New Hampshire.

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