|Drop Head Coupe|
|Left Hand Drive|
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2019-11-01 04:52:22 | Reno writes:
private sale: www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/jaguar/xk-140se/2325033.html
Description: 1957 Jaguar XK-140SE DHC, The original owner is believed to be Briggs Cunningham famous car racer, collector and car builder. An appraisal from Chicago 1996 proves it and my telephone conversations with Lady Cunningham from 1990 confirmed it by her personally after I identified to her car combination and the model.
I owned the car for over 23 years and decided to offer it for sale.
It is matching number car and it is a SE - special edition model with an extra 20HP motor, wire wheels, and racing headlamps etc.
The car runs presently but due to breaks condition and exhaust, it is not road worthy. So I am selling it As is where is, my warehouse in Oregon where the car was stored since mid-1990s
Please contact me for more details, copies of documents and all questions you might have.
2020-02-01 07:53:49 | pauls writes:
Car on BAT:
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
76k Miles Shown, TMU
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Red with Black Soft Top
Red Wire Wheels
Spare Cylinder Head
Stored in 1992
Started in Nov 2019, After 27 Years
Private Party or Dealer: Private Party
This 1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe was acquired by the seller in 1992 from a neighbor in Illinois. The fuel tank was removed and cleaned at that point but never installed, and the car has been stored for the past 27 years. Paperwork indicates that the car was previously owned and raced in Europe by the family of Briggs Cunningham, an American entrepreneur who modified and raced ’50s Jaguars, yachts, and more. The bodywork has been refinished in red with a black soft top, while the black interior has sustained damage from rodents, and the carpet has been removed. The engine bay is equipped with a 3.4-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission, and the seller reports that the engine was started in November 2019 for the first time since being stored in the early ’90s. This XK140 convertible is now offered with some records and paperwork, an SE cylinder head, and a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name.
The exterior has been refinished in red with a black soft top. The paintwork and exterior includs chips in the finish noted by the seller.
Red wire wheels are mounted with BFGoodrich Silvertown whitewall tires. The seller notes that the insert for the spare tire was damaged by rust and has been discarded.
The interior features individual bucket seats with black upholstery over painted metal flooring that shows wear. Black door cards feature stowage pockets and wooden cappings. The seller reports that the seats have been damaged by rodents and that rust in the trunk has been cut out. The trunk area and other interior details can be seen in the gallery.
A factory four-spoke steering wheel sits in front of a wooden dashboard with Smiths instrumentation including an analog clock, a 6k-rpm tachometer, and a 140-mph speedometer. The five-digit odometer shows 76k miles, and true mileage is unknown.
The 3.4-liter DOHC inline-six is equipped with dual SU carburetors and a C-type cylinder head. The seller reports that the engine ran in 1992, after which point the fuel tank was removed and professionally cleaned. The engine was then started again in November 2019 after 27 years of storage. A spare SE cylinder head will accompany the sale and is shown in the gallery below.
The engine is paired with a four-speed manual transmission and a solid rear axle. Additional photos of the underside are presented in the gallery.
The data plate shown above lists the original chassis, body, and powertrain numbers. The S suffix on the engine number indicates the fitment of special equipment. The Oregon title and the previous title both list the engine number as the car’s identification number, with a 5 instead of an S.
An evaluation from 1995 states that the car was owned by Briggs Cunningham and raced in Europe in the 1950s.
2020-02-08 09:50:53 | Capt RD writes:
Bid To $45,000 On 2/7/20
Reserve Not Met -- Bring a Trailer online auction
2021-01-07 08:55:43 | pauls writes:
Car to be at auction 1/21
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupé
The Ex-Briggs Cunningham
CHASSIS NO: S818207
• Certified by Cunningham Motorsports Historian as a Former Briggs Cunningham race car
• Raced by Briggs and continually raced by famed journalist Denise McCluggage
• Matching numbers car
• Rare piece of history and believed to be all-original
Race log - Cunningham XK140 MC DHC.pdf
3.4-litre DOHC straight six-cylinder engine, double SU H6 carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, front suspension transverse wishbones with torsion bars, rear rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, rack and pinion steering; wheelbase: 102”
This 1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé possesses legendary American racing history. Purchased new by Briggs Cunningham and raced by Briggs as well as famed lady journalist and racer Denise McCluggage, this may be the unexpected find of the decade. It had been sitting in a garage for almost 30 years when the current owner found the long-lost car and gave it a careful tune up. Presented here in what is believed to be all-original condition, it brings with it not just well-earned patina, but early American SCCA racing pedigree.
The Drophead Coupé model, presented here, offered a sturdier canvas top that stowed behind the seat, a fixed windscreen, side windows and a small backseat as well as a walnut-veneered dashboard and door trim that reminded the driver they were in the lap of British luxury as well as behind the wheel of a racer. This particular MC (SC, special equipment in the UK) boasted a 3,442 cc, dual overhead cam, straight six-cylinder engine, which breathed through double SU H6 carburetors and was undeniably formidable on the blacktop.
During this period, Briggs Swift Cunningham became a Jaguar dealer and also purchased his first batch of Jaguars for his racing team. This car was actually among that first batch. Heir to the Swift meatpacking family, Briggs was independently wealthy and had an unquenchable thirst for sports. He was well-known, not just for his own exploits, but for launching careers and backing people he believed in, and Denise McCluggage was one of the lucky, albeit worthy, recipients of his generosity. McCluggage isn’t merely famous because she was a female journalist-turned-racer. She is celebrated because she was one of the true great car journalists in history and a seriously talented driver. The only journalist to ever be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, she garnered countless awards and was founder of what would become AutoWeek. Early in her career, McCluggage, working as a sportswriter, was on assignment at a Yacht Club in Connecticut when she met Briggs scooping ice cream for the kids. A friendship was forged, and the legendary journalist got her true start in racing. Among the most famous of Denise’s cars was a XK140 Drophead Coupé. This legendary Jaguar was the second competition car Denise McCluggage continually raced for Briggs in the SCCA and photographs of her with the car are included in the sale.
This particular Jaguar, chassis number S818207, was certified by Cunningham Motorsports Historian, Lawrence Berman, to be the original XK140 Briggs raced at Beverly Airport in 1956. Records show the car was raced there by Briggs then officially raced six more times on record by Denise McCluggage, which led to a first-place class C victory at Montgomery Airport in New York on August 19, 1956. This well-known piece of history was thought to have been lost to time by a myriad of Briggs and McCluggage enthusiasts until the current owner uncovered it in a garage. So, the story goes, Briggs held onto the Jaguar for a few years. Around the time McCluggage moved on to a Porsche, Briggs sold the XK to a close friend who kept it and stored it properly until he was elderly. He then sold it to a gentleman who let it sit in his garage for almost three decades. When the current owner uncovered this legendary Jag, he put it through a gentle but thorough tune up but left the presumed all-original car unaltered. In seeking certification by Lawrence Berman, the tell-tale sign for him was the pedals. Briggs chief mechanic, Alfred Momo, always bent Briggs’ cars’ pedals in a specific way to enable easier toe-heeling while racing. When the bent pedals were confirmed, all the pieces to the puzzle began to fit.
So, here it is at last, Denise McCluggage’s long-lost Briggs Jaguar. She spoke of it in numerous interviews and the car existed in photographs, but it wasn’t until a lucky twist of fate that it was uncovered, sleeping in a California garage. This numbers-matching piece of history appears to be all-original; it has matching chassis and engine numbers, a nod from the Cunningham Motorsports Historian and all the glorious patina that this storied racer has earned. This rare car presents an even rarer opportunity.