Transmission: Manual with overdrive

Engine Type: 6 Cylinder

VIN/Chassis: S804519DN / J5755

Engine Number: 635885

Build Date: 28 November 1955

Odometer Reading: 65350 Miles Showing

Recently discovered in a shed in Blackburn Vic and being sold to finalise a deceased estate.

Here for genuine sale the car presents in “as found condition??? and appears to be complete in most respects.

Boasts C type head and is manual transmission with overdrive.

Given the below provenance we believe mileage shown to be original.

The car was first registered on the 7th December 1955 in Coventry, England (chassis completed on 28th November 1955) and home delivered to Derek.E.Jolly of Robe Terrace,Menindie,SA to the of Dominion, Adelaide.

Derek Jolly, a wealthy horticulturalist from South Australia used it mainly as a tow car for his racing specials (Decca I,II,III)… see photos.

This car was advertised for sale in February 1961 and by 1962 the car appears to have been sold to the current estate without having been further registered in Vic as the car currently still has the original Sth Australian number plates 7329.

A rare find and sure to keenly sought given its originality and condition.


(Some information and photos supplied courtesy of Terry McGrath Motoring Archives)

Built between 1954 and 1957, Jaguar’s XK140 offers all the beauty, performance and luxury of the original legendary XK120 sports car with the added benefit of numerous improvements. These include a more powerful version of the legendary straight-six engine, rack and pinion steering and more cockpit room thanks to the relocated engine. With lines that can still take one’s breath away, William Lyons’ curvaceous styling was largely unchanged other than the addition of full-width bumpers and some additional brightwork. Once again, three different body styles were offered, including the luxurious drophead coupe, sporting roadster and practical fixed-head coupe as offered here, with just 2,808 of the latter produced, the majority destined for the American market, with only 843 built in right-hand drive guise. The XK140 is a real thoroughbred, powered by one of the most remarkable engines ever built and remains a delight to drive even in modern traffic thanks to the ample torque from the 3.4-litre straight six. Developing 190 horsepower at 5500 rpm in standard form and with 210 lbs/ft of torque on tap, the XK unit propelled the 140 to a top speed of 120mph, while cars fitted with the C-type cylinder head were capable of even higher speeds. The gearbox was a four-speed manual unit with 3.19:1 overdrive optional, as designated by the ‘DN’ suffix on the chassis number. Jaguar’s XK sports cars have always been amongst the most sought after 1950s sports cars, offering stunning looks, performance and style at a price that seems downright affordable when compared with more exclusive rivals like Aston Martin. The XK140 combines the purity of the original XK120’s stunning lines with numerous improvements that make the model easier to live with day to day.


The full history of this car will appear in the soon to be released book: “The Jaguar XK140 in the Southern Hemisphere” by John Elmgreen & Terry McGrath, Sample of the front cover of the book attached

To protect your investment vehicle bidders should consider at a minimum replacement of fuel, oil, fluids, filters and thorough brake inspection as vehicles may have been stationary for some time. Vehicles are sold as is off the floor – unregistered. No warranty expressed or implied, sold with all or any faults, and where applicable sold with Australian Government Import Approval.