1954 Jaguar XK140: The Smith of Success

1954 Jaguar XK140: The Smith of Success

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 190 BHP (139.84 KW) @ 5500 RPMTorque 210 Ft-Lbs (285 NM) @ 2500 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 2750 lbs | 1247.379 kg Transmission 4-step manual overdrive

The Jaguar brand’s global recognition was significantly influenced by the XK series. This range essentially catalyzed success for the British automaker in the aftermath of World War II. The remarkable triumph of the XK120 opened doors for the development of the more sophisticated XK140 model.

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After the resounding success of the XK120 introduced in 1948, the XK140 replaced its stellar predecessor in 1954 with an initial output of 190 hp, which was then increased to 210 hp. Interestingly, most of the produced cars found their owners in the USA, where they were especially popular. The engine of the exported models had a C-type head, 2-inch H8 carburetor, heavier torsion bars, and twin exhaust pipes. Smooth lines, a comfortable interior for taller drivers, and a 3.4-liter engine designed by William Haynes made it a sought-after trophy for style and speed lovers. Interestingly, in the USA the model was called the XK140 MC (in the UK it was designated as the XK140 SE).

The origins

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The 140th appeared in 1954 as an upgraded Jaguar XK120. It was more powerful (190 hp) with a new 3442 cm3 inline 6-cylinder engine, even though its maximum speed did not reach the declared 140 mph. Moreover, in addition to the standard version, the company also produced a high-performance modification – the XK140 SE (in the USA – XK140 MC), which was equipped with a 210 hp Jaguar C-Type racing engine with dual exhaust. Other differences from the XK120 included increased interior space on the same 102″ wheelbase, replacement of the lever telescopic shock absorbers, and the rack and pinion steering. The overdrive version received a 4-speed manual transmission. Later, in 1956, a   Borg Warner automatic transmission with a steering column selector was added to the options list. The design of the 140th also differed from its famous predecessor. It had one-piece front and rear bumpers with vertical fangs, turn signals, and a cast grille with fewer vertical bars. Jaguar offered three body types for this model: Open Two Seater (OTS), Drophead Coupe (DHC), and Fixed Head Coupe (FHC). The roadster featured a removable canvas top with plastic side windows, a leather-trimmed dashboard, and doors without external handles. The convertible and coupe had a wood veneer instrument panel and a small extra seat in the back. In total, the company sold 9051 XK140 from 1954-1957.

The 1954 model year

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The 1954 model debuted at the London Motor Show in October. As an improved version of the XK120, the 1954 release received better brakes, steering, and suspension. It was equipped with an improved (shortened and simplified) box-type Mark V chassis. To give the driver more room, the model’s front bulkhead had been moved forward 3 inches compared to previous editions of the XK series. Telescoping rear shocks instead of link arms increased the 1954 edition’s handling. The model also received 12-inch Lockheed drum brakes and a half-inch wider than the XK120 rims. Crossply Dunlop tires were standard, and Pirelli Cinturato radial wheels were available as an option. In technical terms, the 1954 edition received the latest version of the Jaguar six-cylinder inline engine, which, even after 6 years after launch, was competitive in the market. This engine had a cast iron block and an aluminum alloy head with two overhead camshafts. The transmission was through a Moss four-speed manual gearbox. Compared to the XK120, the 140th had several changes in appearance. The most obvious change was the larger bumpers. Moreover, it was full-sized at the front and a quarter of the bumper at the rear. Also, the 1954 car had larger doors, which made it easier to access the cab. Round, flashing turn signals were fitted above the front bumper, and new taillights were added at the rear. The grille was unchanged but cast as a single unit.

Did you know?

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Recently, the Beckhams’ offspring Brooklyn received a truly luxurious wedding gift from his celebrity parents. It was a completely restored 1954 Jaguar XK140, fitted with a massive electric engine instead of the original 190 hp 3.4-liter inline 6. The car was upgraded by Beckham’s EV company Lunaz.

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1954 Jaguar XK140: The Smith of Success

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 190 BHP (139.84 KW) @ 5500 RPMTorque 210 Ft-Lbs (285 NM) @ 2500 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 2750 lbs | 1247.379 kg Transmission 4-step manual overdrive

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