This 1956 Jaguar XK140 SE is a sold project that has been recently imported back over from America, where it spent its life in a dry state. It is a matching numbers car and has the rare factory fitted ‘C’ cylinder head, giving the car 210BHP. This car is being restored for a customer to his own specifications. Given the originality of the car, it is being methodically stripped so that the original nuts and bolts can be reused where applicable, helping keep the heritage of this rare unmolested XK140.
Now that the body has been removed from the chassis, we have stripped all the steering and suspension components from the chassis. The bare chassis has been sand blasted, etch primed, primed and painted in 2 pack satin black. Due to their excellent original condition, the suspension arms / components have been treated the same way. These have been painted and new polybushes fitted. The suspension has been built back up, reusing all original nuts and bolts where possible. The front brakes have been upgraded to disc brakes, with upgraded AVO shock absorbers also fitted.
To properly assess the condition of the bodyshell, it has been gently blasted to reveal any potential corrosion. Once blasted it has been sprayed and left in etch primer. We then carried out substantial fabrication works, including to weld in place body panels and plates where needed, e.g boot floor, outer sills, B posts etc. This involved a lot of re-fitting and removing the body from the chassis, to make sure all panel gaps and alignments are correct. A substantial amount of time has been put in to assuring panel gaps and alignment are correct. The shell was then transported to the paint shop and fully resprayed in Pearl Grey.
The original engine has been fully rebuilt, with a new 5 speed Tremec gearbox installed. These has been fitted to the chassis with a new full Bell stainless exhaust system.
When back from the bodyshop, the painted shell was fitted on to the rebuilt chassis. We are now in the process of fitting new/reconditioned parts, including all of the original chrome that has been re-chromed, plus various engine bay components.
If you are interested in having a similar vehicle restored to either factory or your own standards, please contact us.