Historic Classics

1956 Jaguar XK140 SE 3.4 DHC

£195,000 | Location: United Kingdom

Surely one of the most well preserved Jaguar XK140s in existence.

It’s fair to say that Mr Peter Burnett was something of a Jaguar fanatic. As a friend of Sir William Lyons, Lofty England and indeed Mike Hawthorn during Jaguar’s halcyon years, there was little else that Burnett would have wanted to drive. He had, after all, driven Jaguars from the beginning; starting in 1938 with an SS100, which was sold in order to buy the ‘new’ XK120 in 1951 before that was part-exchanged for the XK140 you see here on 17th March 1956.

Ordered in British Racing Green and specified to the full Special Equipment level, this XK140 featured a host of extras including the desirable C-Type cylinder head, contrasting red piping to the Suede Green leather, close ratio gearbox and tonneau cover.

Another nice detail was the original registration number of WKO 140, which the car retains to this day.

Mr Burnett cherished the XK140 for 11 years, covering approximately just 28,000 miles, before selling it in May 1967 to his friend Mr I. Menzies of Loch Ussie, Scotland. This remarkable car remained in the Menzies family for almost 45 years and their careful ownership has preserved the condition impeccably.

Just prior to us acquiring the XK140 for our collection in 2015 a professional yet sympathetic exterior repaint was performed, all the while retaining as much originality as possible. The result is a car that outwardly presents beautifully, and yet has retained its evocative and irreplaceable original interior.

With its stunning originality backed by an incredibly detailed history file of original paperwork, back to the 1956 order form, this is not just a special XK140 – it is special full stop. With fully restored XK140s not uncommon, this is likely to be one of a kind.

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