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TYPES

In this area, you can learn a lot about the legendary production vehicles of the Jaguar XK series, from the Jaguar XK120 to the Series 3 of the Jaguar E-Type.

Due to the many technical innovations, which have been gained in motorsport but also from the experience with the previous model, it is time to bring a successor model to the market after six successful years of production. 1954 at the London Motor Show on Earls Court, it is time again, Jaguar presents the XK140. The result surprises only a few, what one wants to change in terms of appearance, especially the optics were already part of the success concept with the predecessor. With the chassis and the body, everything with its elegantly curved sideline stays the same. The export, especially to America, continues even after 6 years and so one corresponds to the customer's desire for more Chrome, which is very popular in the 50's. It comes with large, one-piece bumpers, trims and only 7 wide, instead of the 13 narrow longitudinal struts in the radiator grille. In the future, a Jaguar emblem will be emblazoned on the trunk, reminiscent of the victories at Le Mans. Even today, many years later, it will be said that this decision was a great admission to the market. Due to the further development of the engine, driven by commitment in motorsport, the driver is now pleased with 190 horsepower. The sport version (SE version) is equipped with the new cylinder heads of the XK120C short C-Type, which increases the horsepower to 210. The removal of the battery and the installation of the engine block by 76mm forward provides additional space in the interior. Thanks to the won space, a Laycock de Normanville Overdrive is now also available, as well as a three-speed automatic transmission from the company Borg-Warner for coupé and convertible from October 1956. The model variants remain unchanged. There is also an "Open Two Seater" (Roadster), a "Fixed Head Coupé", as well as a "Drop Head Coupé" (Cabrio). The production time of the XK140 will take just over two and a half years.

 

  • Jaguar XK140 OTS
  • Jaguar XK140 FHC
  • Jaguar XK140 DHC

Jaguar XK140 OTS (Copyright by Hugh Ilewelyn)

The Roadster, produced from October 1954, sells very well, especially in the USA, and is more popular there than its sister models. In contrast to the motherland, for which only 73 right-hand-drive roads are built, of which only 47 remain in the Kingdom of Great Britain. Maginal but strikingly beautiful: for the domestic market, the spoke wheels are often painted in the colour of the car body. Unlike the coupé and convertible, the additional space gained is not extended by two emergency seats in the rear area, it is good for the foot space. The roadster remains a pure two-seater.

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  • construction time, prices, production figures and vehicle numbers

    From October 1954 to February 1957, 3354 vehicles were built. A total of 73 right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles and 3281 left-hand-drive (LHD) vehicles will be produced by the end of production. The base price in the United Kingdom is 1127.-.
    The body numbers do not distinguish between left or right-hand-steered vehicles, they are numbered and start with F10001.
    The chassis numbers consist of 6 digit number combinations and differ in those for vehicles with right-hand drive (RHD) starting with the number 800xxx and for vehicles with left-hand drive (LHD) starting with the number 810xxx. Certain chassis numbers have additional letter designations before and after the number combination. These have the following meanings:
    Chassis numbers with a leading "A" are for vehicles of the "Special Equipment" versions, referred to in America as XK140 M.
    Chassis numbers with a leading "S" are for vehicles of the "Special Equipment" versions, with C-Type cylinder heads, referred to in America as the XK140 MC.
    Chassis numbers with a trailing "DN" stand for vehicles with built-in "overdrive"." DN" stands for the inventor of the Laycock Overdrive, De Normanville.
    Chassis numbers with a trailing "BW" stand for vehicles with built-in automatic transmissions. "BW" stands for the manufacturer Borg Warner.
    Built
    Chassis No. RHD
    Lot
    Chassis No. LHD
    Lot
    Body No.*
    Comment
    Oct. 54 to Dec. 54
    8
    810001 to 810617
    617
    F10001 to F10431
    No. 814001 goes to the development department without a body (not counted)
    Jan. 55 to Dec. 55
    54
    810618 to 811987
    1370
    F10629 to F12046
     
    Jan. 56 to Dec. 56
    12
    811988 to 813121
    1134
    F12048 to F13180
    In October 1956, the last RHD with the number 800074 is produced.
    Jan. 57 to Feb. 57
     
    0
    161
    F13198 to F13313
     
    * the bodies were not married to the chassis due to production, so the numbers shown show the lowest or highest body number found in the respective year on http://www.xkdata.com. This gives you a rough assessment of whether the body and chassis are consistent with each other in a direct comparison.
     
    The engine numbers are not listed here, as depending on the order they are not only installed in OTS models, but in all Jaguar XK140 types, they start with the designation G1001. Some of the first Jaguar XK140 stake still uses engines from the XK120 production. In total, it is a Jaguar XK140 OTS (LHD) whose engine starts with the letter "F". According to research in the Jaguar archives, the last engine probably bears the number G9980. The addition -8 or -9 after the number describes the compression ratio of the motor. An additional "S" directly behind the compression ratio is available for C-Type cylinder heads ex works.

  • changes in production

    Over the years of production, technical development did not stop. Economic and technical peculiarities are gradually incorporated into production after extensive consideration. In the following list there are some important adjustments according to chronological order.
    Modified
    from Model (RHD / LHD)
    Description
    March 1955
    800022 and 811193
    Fixing nut in the cardan shaft flange on the differential with fuse plate. Applies to vehicles with overdrive and 4.09:1 translated rear axle.
    June 1955
    800025 and 811284
    new wheel brake cylinders (parts number 39677) introduced at the rear
     
    800031 and 811382
    Relays are integrated into the overdrive control circuit
     
    800037 and 811424
    Cooler C.9619 with new bracket C.8830 introduced
    September 1955
    800052 and 811562
    Torque of steering is reduced. The trailing angle is shortened from 2.1/2o-3o to 1.1/2o-2o.
    December 1955
    Throttle valve switch introduced on vehicles with overdrive.
    Prevents switching from the overdrive to the highest gear, when braking with closed throttle valves.
    April 1956
    800071 and 812311
    Reinforcement of the rear-axle drive in the differential housing for road stars with standard gearbox from 9.5 to 11 mm
    September 1956
    800072 and 812647
    new handbrake lever introduced
     

  • technical specifications

    Here you will find the most important technical data of the Jaguar XK140 OTS, divided into the areas of engine, chassis and performance values.
    Engine
    Type
    Rows 6 cylinders 4-stroke engine
    Drive
    two overhead camshafts, which are driven by chain
    Valves
    Valve angle 70o, hanging valves
    Bore x Stroke
    83 x 106 mm
    Displacement
    3442 cm3
    Performance
    142 kw at 5500 rpm
     
    157 kw at 5750 rpm at "Special Equipment" version
    maximum torque
    285 Nm at 2500 rpm
     
    289 Nm at 4000 rpm at "Special Equipment" version
    Compression ratio
    8:1
    Cooling
    Water
     
    Chassis
    Brakes
    front: drum brake
     
    rear: drum brake
    Transmissions
    4 gear, synchronized from 2nd gear, transmission via cardan shaft to the rear axle
    Suspension
    front: Triangular wishbone with rotary rod springs and hydraulic shock absorbers
     
    rear: rigid axle with leaf springs and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers
    Wheelbase
    2591 mm
    Length
    4470 mm
    Width
    1575 mm
    Height
    1346 mm
    Dry weight
    1245 kg
    Weight
    1372 kg
     
    Performance
    Speed
    195 km/h
     
    208 km/h at "Special Equipment" version
    Acceleration 0-100 km/h
    9 sec
     
    8.4 sec on "Special Equipment" version

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Jaguar XK140 FHC - Copyright by Steve Harris

The coupé comes on the market at the same time as the Roadster and the Drop Head Coupé and undergoes the most major changes. Due to the magnification of the interior, it is equipped with larger side and larger rear window, for better all-round visibility. In order to achieve the magnification, the spray wall, which now encloses the rear part of the engine, and the A-pillar with window front is moved forward. The bonnet is shortened somewhat according to the total length. In the rear, two emergency seats are created, which makes it a 2+2 seater and more space in the footwell.

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  • construction time, prices, production figures and vehicle numbers

    From October 1954 to February 1957, 2808 vehicles were built. A total of 843 right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles and 1965 left-hand-drive (LHD) vehicles will be produced by the end of production. The base price in the United Kingdom is 1140.-.
    The body numbers do not distinguish between left or right-hand-steered vehicles, they are numbered and start with J4001.
    The chassis numbers consist of 6 digit number combinations and differ in those for vehicles with right-hand drive (RHD) starting with the number 804xxx and for vehicles with left-hand drive (LHD) starting with the number 814xxx. Certain chassis numbers have additional letter designations before and after the number combination. These have the following meanings:
    Chassis numbers with a leading "A" are for vehicles of the "Special Equipment" versions, referred to in America as XK140 M.
    Chassis numbers with a leading "S" are for vehicles of the "Special Equipment" versions, with C-Type cylinder heads, referred to in America as the XK140 MC.
    Chassis numbers with a trailing "DN" stand for vehicles with built-in "overdrive"." DN" stands for the inventor of the Laycock Overdrive, De Normanville.
    Chassis numbers with a trailing "BW" stand for vehicles with built-in automatic transmissions. "BW" stands for the manufacturer Borg Warner.
    Built
    Chassis No. RHD
    Lot
    Chassis No. LHD
    Lot
    Body No.*
    Comment
    Oct. 54 to Dec. 54
    6
    814001 to 814003
    3
    J4001 to J4006
    No. 814001 goes to the development department without a body (not counted)
    Jan. 55 to Dec. 55
    804007 to 804591
    585
    814004 to 815268
    1265
    J4007 to J5848
     
    Jan. 56 to Dec. 56
    252
    693
    J5864 to J6803
    In November 1956, the last RHD with the number 804843 is produced.
    Jan. 57 to Feb. 57
     
    0
    815962 to 815966
    5
    J6804 to J6808
     
    * the bodies were not married to the chassis due to production, so the numbers shown show the lowest or highest body number found in the respective year on http://www.xkdata.com. This gives you a rough assessment of whether the body and chassis are consistent with each other in a direct comparison.
     
    The engine numbers are not listed here, as depending on the order they are not only used in FHC models, but in all Jaguar XK140 types, they start with the designation G1001. Some of the first Jaguar XK140 stake still uses engines from the XK120 production. In total, there are four Jaguar XK140 FHC (RHD) whose engines begin with the letter "F". According to research in the Jaguar archives, the last engine probably bears the number G9980. The addition -7 or -8 after the number describes the compression ratio of the motor. An additional "S" directly behind the compression ratio is available for C-Type cylinder heads ex works.

  • changes in production

    Over the years of production, technical development did not stop. Economic and technical peculiarities are gradually incorporated into production after extensive consideration. In the following list there are some important adjustments according to chronological order.
    Modified
    from Model (RHD / LHD)
    Description
    March 1955
    804031 and 814053
    Fixing nut in the cardan shaft flange on the differential with fuse plate. Applies to vehicles with overdrive and 4.09:1 translated rear axle.
    June 1955
    804020 and 814035
    Cooler C.7523 with new bracket C.8830 introduced.
    The fan wheel with a diameter of 394 mm is replaced by a larger one with a diameter of 406 mm.
     
    new wheel brake cylinders (parts number 39677) introduced at the rear
     
    804121 and 814216
    Relays are integrated into the overdrive control circuit
     
    804124 and 814241
    new cooler C.9619 is introduced
    September 1955
    804308 and 814532
    Torque of steering is reduced. The trailing angle is shortened from 2.1/2o-3o to 1.1/2o-2o.
    December 1955
    804523 and 815252
    Throttle valve switch introduced on vehicles with overdrive.
    Prevents switching from the overdrive to the highest gear, when braking with closed throttle valves.
    April 1956
    804676 and 815528
    Reinforcement of the rear-axle drive in the differential housing from 9.5 to 11 mm
    September 1956
    804767 and 815755
    new handbrake lever introduced
    October 1956
    804781 and 815773
    Steel doors with wooden frame introduced
     

  • technical specifications

    Here you will find the most important technical data of the Jaguar XK140 FHC, divided into the areas of engine, chassis and performance values.
    Engine
    Type
    Rows 6 cylinders 4-stroke engine
    Drive
    two overhead camshafts, which are driven by chain
    Valves
    Valve angle 70o, hanging valves
    Bore x Stroke
    82 x 106 mm
    Displacement
    3442 cm3
    Performance
    142 kw at 5500 rpm
     
    157 kw at 5750 rpm at "Special Equipment" version
    maximum torque
    285 Nm at 2500 rpm
     
    289 Nm at 4000 rpm at "Special Equipment" version
    Compression ratio
    8:1
    Cooling
    Water
     
    Chassis
    Brakes
    front: drum brake
     
    rear: drum brake
    Transmissions
    4 gear, synchronized from 2nd gear, transmission via cardan shaft to the rear axle
    Suspension
    front: Triangular wishbone with rotary rod springs and hydraulic shock absorbers
     
    rear: rigid axle with leaf springs and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers
    Wheelbase
    2591 mm
    Length
    4470 mm
    Width
    1638 mm
    Height
    1397 mm
    Dry weight
    1308 kg
    Weight
    1422 kg
     
    Performance
    Speed
    195 km/h
     
    208 km/h at "Special Equipment" version
    Acceleration 0-100 km/h
    11 sec
     
    9 sec at "Special Equipment" version

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Jaguar XK140 DHC

The Drop Head Coupé is by no means just a modified XK140 coupé with top, although it also has two emergency seats, while the XK120 Drop Head Coupé was a pure two-seater. Unlike the XK140 Coupé, the space for this is not created by changes to the spray wall, A-pillar and windshield, but only by the general installation of the engine block and a reduction in the trunk. The proportions of the doors and the top remain almost identical to the previous model. Only in the case of the convertible is the two 6 volt batteries behind the seats, a 12 volt block in the engine compartment.

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  • construction time, prices, production figures and vehicle numbers

    From October 1954 to February 1957, 2789 vehicles were built. A total of 479 right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles and 2310 left-hand-drive (LHD) vehicles will be produced by the end of production. The base price in the United Kingdom is 1160.-.
    The body numbers do not distinguish between left or right-hand-steered vehicles, they are numbered and start with P3001.
    The chassis numbers consist of 6 digit number combinations and differ in those for vehicles with right-hand drive (RHD) starting with the number 807xxx and for vehicles with left-hand drive (LHD) starting with the number 817xxx. Certain chassis numbers have additional letter designations before and after the number combination. These have the following meanings:
    Chassis numbers with a leading "A" are for vehicles of the "Special Equipment" versions, referred to in America as XK140 M.
    Chassis numbers with a leading "S" are for vehicles of the "Special Equipment" versions, with C-Type cylinder heads, referred to in America as the XK140 MC.
    Chassis numbers with a trailing "DN" stand for vehicles with built-in "overdrive"." DN" stands for the inventor of the Laycock Overdrive, De Normanville.
    Chassis numbers with a trailing "BW" stand for vehicles with built-in automatic transmissions. "BW" stands for the manufacturer Borg Warner.
    Built
    Chassis No. RHD
    Lot
    Chassis No. LHD
    Lot
    Body No.*
    Comment
    Oct. 54 to Dec. 54
    6
    111
    P3001 to P3118
     
    Jan. 55 to Dec. 55
    336
    817112 to 818239
    1128
    P3121 to P4577
    No. 807312 is the first with automatic transmission / No. 817378 is damaged on the transport to the dealer and rebuilt as RHD
    Jan. 56 to Dec. 56
    137
    818240 to 819304
    1065
    P4588 to P5785
     
    Jan. 57 to Feb. 57
    1
    7
    P5789 to P5796
     
    * the bodies were not married to the chassis due to production, so the numbers shown show the lowest or highest body number found in the respective year on http://www.xkdata.com. This gives you a rough assessment of whether the body and chassis are consistent with each other in a direct comparison.
     
    The engine numbers are not listed here, as depending on the order they are not only installed in DHC models, but in all Jaguar XK140 types, they start with the designation G1001. Some of the first Jaguar XK140 stake still uses engines from the XK120 production. In total, there are two Jaguar XK140 DHC (RHD) whose engines begin with the letter "F". According to research in the Jaguar archives, the last engine probably bears the number G9980. The addition -7 or -8 after the number describes the compression ratio of the motor. An additional "S" directly behind the compression ratio is available for C-Type cylinder heads ex works.

  • changes in production

    Over the years of production, technical development did not stop. Economic and technical peculiarities are gradually incorporated into production after extensive consideration. In the following list there are some important adjustments according to chronological order.
    Modified
    from Model (RHD / LHD)
    Description
    March 1955
    807047 and 817268
    Fixing nut in the cardan shaft flange on the differential with fuse plate. Applies to vehicles with overdrive and 4.09:1 translated rear axle.
    June 1955
    807080 and 817356
    new wheel brake cylinders (parts number 39677) introduced at the rear
     
    807113 and 817426
    Relays are integrated into the overdrive control circuit
     
    807128 and 817460
    Cooler C.9619 with new bracket C.8830 introduced
    September 1955
    Torque of steering is reduced. The trailing angle is shortened from 2.1/2o-3o to 1.1/2o-2o.
    December 1955
    Throttle valve switch introduced on vehicles with overdrive.
    Prevents switching from the overdrive to the highest gear, when braking with closed throttle valves.
    April 1956
    Reinforcement of the rear-axle drive in the differential housing from 9.5 to 11 mm
    September 1956
    807441 and 818729
    new handbrake lever introduced
    October 1956
    807447 and 818796
    Steel doors with wooden frame introduced
     

  • technical specifications

    Here you will find the most important technical data of the Jaguar XK140 DHC, divided into the areas of engine, chassis and performance values.
    Engine
    Type
    Rows 6 cylinders 4-stroke engine
    Drive
    two overhead camshafts, which are driven by chain
    Valves
    Valve angle 70o, hanging valves
    Bore x Stroke
    83 x 106 mm
    Displacement
    3442 cm3
    Performance
    142 kw at 5000 rpm
     
    157 kw at 5000 rpm at "Special Equipment" version
    maximum torque
    285 Nm at 2500 rpm
     
    289 Nm at 4000 rpm at "Special Equipment" version
    Compression ratio
    8:1
    Cooling
    Water
     
    Chassis
    Brakes
    front: drum brake
     
    rear: drum brake
    Transmissions
    4 gear, synchronized from 2nd gear, transmission via cardan shaft to the rear axle
    Suspension
    front: Triangular wishbone with rotary rod springs and hydraulic shock absorbers
     
    rear: rigid axle with leaf springs and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers
    Wheelbase
    2591 mm
    Length
    4470 mm
    Width
    1575 mm
    Height
    1346 mm
    Dry weight
    1359 kg
    Weight
    1473 kg
     
    Performance
    Speed
    195 km/h
     
    201 km/h at "Special Equipment" version
    Acceleration 0-100 km/h
    9 sec
     
    8.4 sec on "Special Equipment" version

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