The XK140 Drop Head Coupe presented here is an original UK RHD car; manufactured in
September 1956 and delivered to its first owner: A. T. Harrison of Hove, in October of the
same year. The car was specified with the desirable overdrive manual gearbox to ensure
comfort on longer journeys. This XK140 remains in it’s original colour of Pearl Grey, a now
rare and sought-after hue. The original Red leather interior has since been retrimmed in
Black, to match the Black hood that the car originally came with.
This particular XK was supplied to the current family ownership by Jaguar specialists JD
Classics in 2007. The car, amazingly has only 4 registered keepers, two of which are
members of the same family.
The XK has been maintained to an impeccable standard with every emphasis placed on its
mechanical reliability and usability. The invoices on file amount to over £17,500 spent since
2011; the car therefore drives exceptionally well.
The exterior of the XK presents nicely with no signs of rust or corrosion. The Pearl Grey
paint has various marks and chips on it, however these are in keeping with the age of the
vehicle and therefore mean the car can be used as intended, without worry. The Black
leather interior is an older retrim, so has been worn-in nicely unlike some newer restorations.
Again, the leather has a few minor wear and tear marks but nothing that will need immediate
attention. The beautiful walnut dashboard and door cappings were restored in 2014 and
therefore are in excellent condition, as are the Grey carpets. The Black hood and headlining
was fully replaced in 2020 at a cost of £6,000, the wooden frame was restored at the same
The engine and gearbox are the original, matching numbers items and due to the great
sums spent on maintenance, the mechanical aspects of this car are excellent.
It is often rare to find an original UK-market Jaguar in an unrestored and usable condition
such as this. Too many of these cars have been over-restored, with their character and
originality lost in the process. This low-owner XK140 DHC comes from a longterm collector
ownership and is truly ready to be enjoyed and used as intended.