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1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe - Factory SE & Automatic Transmission

Lot Number: 871

1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe - Factory SE & Automatic Transmission

An extraordinarily original XK140 in the more powerful SE (MC)-spec with extremely rare factory-fitted automatic transmission. One for the more fastidious collector.


LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 20th May, 2023 at 1.00pm BST at Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell, Northampton, NN6 0BN

  • Body Colour

    Old English White

  • Drive


  • Registration Number

    543 UYO

  • Odometer Reading

    19267 Miles


An extraordinarily original XK140 in the more powerful SE (MC)-spec with extremely rare factory-fitted automatic transmission. One for the more fastidious collector.


Offered here is a US-delivered, left-hand drive XK140 SE Drophead Coupé supplied new in February 1956 finished in Old English White (Cream) with special-order black piped-red leather seating and a black hood. The Jaguar remained in the same family, passing from father to daughter, until returning to the UK around 2015.

Its Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms that the XK140 left the factory as a Drophead Coupé in SE specification which included wire wheels and Lucas fog lamps and the option of an engine developing 210bhp courtesy of a C-type cylinder head. Unusually, it had been ordered with automatic transmission, the XK140 being the first Jaguar sports car to be available with an automatic gearbox. Such is the amazingly preserved condition of this venerable Jaguar that it features in Phillip Porter’s book The Original XK which is a reference piece for many of the worlds most respected restorers.

Remarkably, this 67-year-old XK displays a mileage of just under 20,000, a figure which is understood to be correct and is substantiated by a letter from the original owners and American Title documents. Well maintained over the years and subject to a more recent mechanical freshen-up, we are informed that the gleaming white Jaguar performs as well as it looks.

This is an unrepeatable opportunity to take ownership of what is likely to be the most original XK140 available currently on the market, a remarkable example that would fit nicely into any collection of landmark Jaguars.

*Further details and professional photography to follow shortly.



Lot Number
Registration Number
543 UYO
MOT Expiry
Chassis Number
Body Colour
Old English White



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