The Jaguar XK140 is all to often overshadowed by its predecessor, the XK120. Jaguar launched the XK140 at the London Motor Show in late 1954 with a slew of improvements over the now legendary XK120, rack and pinion steering and telescopic dampers had been added to improve handling and a revised grill, larger bumpers and new rear lights were added for largely cosmetic reasons.
This particular Jaguar XK140 was purchased in by Reverend John Fellingham in the ’70s, he used it for racing to great acclaim, particularly as he wore his ‘dog collar’ behind the wheel at each race. For obvious reasons she went on to become known as ‘The Vicar’s Car”, the Reverend had a slew of improvements made to the original car including converting it to lightweight specification and fitting it with a ‘D’ Type cylinder head to increase power.
The car has since been fully reworked specifically for classic racing by David Sedge of Maidstone, over £60,000 was spent on her – she now produces over 300hp, has a race spec Getrag 5 speed transmission, an integral roll cage, full racing harnesses and a D Type alloy filler cap.
If you’re in the market for a Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupé you’ll need to find between £58,000 and £65,000 in the sofa cushions before the Race Retro & Classic Car Auction on the 23rd of February, held by Silverstone Auctions.