Engine: 3.8L I-6 (G 1178-8S)
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Mileage Reads: 72,484
Price: $129,900 *Includes Dealer Prep and Handling
*Rare ‘SE’ Spec Roadster
*Complete Frame-Off Restoration in 2005 by Marque Expert
*Completely Numbers Matching
*Known History From 1972
*3-Owner Colorado Car
The Jaguar XK-140 was a similar but much improved version of the XK-120. Offering new creature comforts (more cabin space, rear seats, fold-down boot partition) as well as mechanical improvements such as rack and pinion steering, more durable bumpers and options for an OD transmission, these vehicles paved the way for the successor “E-Type” and inspired designers the world around for generations to come.
Top among them was the “SE” specification car which boasted wire wheels with knock-on hubs, twin exhausts, a pair of Lucas Ft 576 fog lamps and the “C-Type” cylinder head. This cylinder head boosted output from the stout six to 210bhp and has always been highly desirable for the XK model line. Anecdotally, this head became available on production cars only after a racing outfit mistakenly placed an order for 1,000 of them – a massive product overrun that Jaguar creatively dealt with!
Verified by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate, this genuine numbers matching SE roadster was built on October 19th, 1954, and sent directly through Charles Hornburg to its first owner, right here in Denver, Colorado. Originally finished in “Birch Grey” over a black interior, the car underwent a gorgeous frame-off restoration (completed in 2005) at the hands of Dave Villalovos of Mountain View Auto Restoration -a well known restorer of the Jaguar marque in Denver. It was then that the car was converted to its current livery. The keen-eyed enthusiast may note that the cam covers fail to display the “Type C” designation. It is known by some, however, that the early 140 SE cars did not always receive this treatment and archival records corroborate the “S” stamped into the head itself.
Ownership of this car began in Denver in 1955 when a J.F. LeMon purchased the car new. While the record of ownership is absent until 1972, it is believed to have been solely owned by Mr. LeMon and remained in Colorado during this time. 1972 saw the 140 to its second owner, Norm McQueen, who purchased the car for an astounding $650! In the late 1970’s the car was treated to its first restoration, performed by the owner. October or 2012 saw the car change hands from Mr. McQueen to the current owner. At that juncture the odometer registered 69,450 miles – a number which had no reason to be questioned. The current owner has covered another 3,000 on pleasure cruises, to and from local events, and even a 750 mile Rallye in Arizona, reportedly performing very well; “easily keeping up with modern cars and cruising comfortably at 70-80 mph.”
Show history is another of this car’s many exciting facets – shown several times at JCNA/RMJC concours events, English Motoring Conclave and the Colorado Concours d’Elegance and has won Concours class and People’s Choice awards at nearly every one.
Fastidiously maintained, the car is stored in a climate-controlled, automotive museum environment. Receipts document maintenance and repairs for upwards of the last 5-years and have included: replacement of the fuel sending unity, carburetors rebuilt, minor cosmetic touch-ups and replacement of a single intake valve. The current owner has also had a custom tonneau cover made along with a bag in which to store the side curtains and protective rubber floor mats.
We are able to provide, on request, photos of the restoration performed in 2005 as well as the Heritage Certificate and additional details of the maintenance and event history of this car and are eager to address all of your questions. For the fastest answers, call Stephen at 303.668.4555.