Jaguar XK140 DHC 1956

Jaguar XK140 DHC 1956


restored by AS Classic Engineering


Delivered new to  Hoffman, New York, USA on the 21/09/1955

First registration - 01/01/1956

Km - 109,000



Colour - Carmen Red



Condition - 85% restored in 2018

Chassis number - 817838

Matching Numbers - Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate 



key facts


Hood was restored in 2018

Great Original interior 


Disc brakes with two pistons per calliper at the front

Restoration & service

Over 97K€ spent on restauration in 2018.



About the XK 140

The Jaguar XK 140 replaced the famous XK 120 and was brought onto the market in 1954. The XK 140 was an evolution of the XK 120 with some visual differences and technical improvements. The handsome and dynamic features remained largely unchanged. New was the grille, which counted fewer vertical bars; the rear lights were larger, the bumpers were thicker, and the front indicators, which were placed on the front of the front wing.
The important technical improvement was that the XK 140 was provided with a rack and pinion steering which greatly improved steering and driving.
The 3.4-litre XK engine was increased by an extra 30 hp. and produced a standard 190 hp. from that time onwards. Like the XK 120, the XK 140 was available as roadster, a larger DHC (Drop Head Coupe) and as FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) with a fixed steel roof. The XK 140 was built until 1957 was succeeded by the XK 150. 

About this car

Imported to the US by Hoffman in 1955, this Jaguar XK 140  Drophead Coupé (DHC), left-hand drive was manufactured in Sept 1955. Chassis number: 817838 this car is matching numbers.  It was bought in 1982 by Mr Canal and restored in 1984 in South of France. It was then acquired in 1992 by the founder of Eligor Miniatures, a famous french toy car maker, Louis Surber based in Martignat, France.
Mr Surber used this car with his wife and family to do numerous rallies through France and Europe and took great care of it until he gave it to his son, Alexandre Surber, founder of AS Classic Engineering. Alexandre studied mechanics and spent a few years in the UK working alongside the best classic cars specialists, such as Guy Broad and Martin Greaves.
In 2016, he got approached by a family friend looking to buy an XK140 and decided to sell him his family XK and agreed to restore it before to hand it to him.  The car comes with a lovely Carmen red paint on black leather interior with black carpet, the paint is in great conditions and the interior as a nice patina with no damage. Black mohair hood and hood cover also in excellent conditions as it was part of the restoration in 2018.. 

This fantastic Jaguar XK140 SE DHC features black enameled 16 inch wire wheels, eared chrome 'knock off' hub nuts, disc brakes all round, high torque starter motor, aluminium radiator, 5-speed manual gearbox, AC dynamo, Mallory electronic ignition, a Stainless Steel exhaust, aluminium petrol tank, power brakes, up rated rear axle with stabilizer, bonnet louvres, J-type driving lamps, sump protection plate, modern electric fuel pump, hood cover and storage bag, Motolita sports steering wheel, classic bucket seats (original seats are present), heater and a class 5 alarm system. this is a highly desirable Jaguar XK 140 Special equipment model. a sound investment and a fantastic car to enjoy on the open road!


The suspension, braking and steering mechanisms have been removed, restored and optimised according to the rules of the art. The history of this automobile (27 years in the same family) is known and the complete Jaguar heritage certificate is its origin story.



The aesthetic presentation is excellent, the general line has no visual defects, the waistline dress has been restored, everything is perfectly aligned. The paint is new, does not reveal any shock or deformation.



the electronic has been made reliable


Technical Data

six-cylinder engine (DOHC)
cylinder capacity: 3442 cc.
carburettors: 2 x S.U. H6 1¾ inch
capacity: 210 bhp. at 5750 rpm.
top-speed: 129,3 mph. - 208 km/h.
acceleration 0-60 mph.: 8.4 sec.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual 
weight: approx. 1300 kg.

source: The Jaguar File


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