This beautiful XK140 roadster is a highly desirable “MC” model with factory fitted C-Type head and the very rare 2 inch Sand Cast carburettors, originally provided by the factory as optional tuning equipment.
1954 saw the latest iteration of Jaguar’s classic XK series of sports cars with the debut of the XK140. Preserving the curvaceous wing lines of the XK120 but featuring much needed improvements in handling, leg room and overall power, the 140 quickly proved to be a worthy heir to its iconic predecessor. Of these latest 140s, the most desirable models were those finished to Special Equipment standard and fitted with the C-Type cylinder head – such models were given the moniker “MC” in the critical North American market where demand was large and growing, particularly among the sports car fraternity.
It is likely that the first owner of this XK140 MC, a Mr A F Edmonson of Hollywood, California, was one of these enthusiasts as he also ordered the rare 2 inch Sand Cast carburettors from the factory, which were a special tuning kit normally fitted to cars with competition in mind. While it is not known if this car ever saw competition it is clear that the car was well looked after by its various owners in the US and the agreeable climate certainly contributed to its overall state of preservation. Imported into the UK in recent years the car’s incredibly solid condition made it an excellent candidate for a body-off, concours standard restoration, which was undertaken by JD Classics for its previous owner. During the work it was decided to incorporate a number of upgrades to the car including 5 speed gearbox, electric power steering, all round disc brakes, JD cooling system and alloy radiator, radial tyres, lap diagonal period seatbelts and JD rally seats finished to original factory specification. Finished in Imperial Maroon paint with Light Tan hide the car saw little use since completion of the work and consequently remains in near freshly restored condition at this time. Offered with its correct and original engine it provides a fantastic opportunity to acquire a very special and sensibly uprated XK140 MC roadster that will be sure to delight any sports car enthusiast today and is Mille Miglia eligible.
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