31 Jul Car of the Month – August
1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster
- Engine – 3.4 liter, straight six
- Horsepower – 210 hp
- Transmission – 4-speed manual
- Curb Weight – 3135 lbs
- 0-60 time – 8.4 seconds
- ¼ mile time – 16.5 seconds
- Top speed – 140 mph
- Number built – 3,301
- MSRP price – $3,595.00
The Jaguar XK140 was a sports car manufactured between 1954 and 1957. It was an updated version of the XK120, Jaguar’s iconic post-war sports car that claimed 120 mph top speed (hence the number in the name). The updates included better brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and modern tube-type shock absorbers instead of the older lever-arm design.
The primary visual changes were the more substantial front and rear bumpers and chrome accent trim on the hood and trunk. The XK140 features a 3.4-liter, straight-six engine with dual overhead cams, factory experimental heads and twin two-inch SU carburetors, delivering 210 horsepower at 5750 rpm.
The Jaguar XK140 Roadster was the British supercar of the 1950s.