Restoration - XK140 OTS SE Roadster - Completed Sept 02 (multiple concours winner)

Every once in a while a truly special Jaguar is found, and this is one of them. Not only is this car one of 73 right hand drive XK140 roadsters built, but it is one of only four delivered to Sydney and one of two known in the world ordered specially for racing with a 9.0:1 compression engine, C Type cylinder head and 2in sandcast carburettors. Combined with these desirable options, the car was also ordered as a special equipment model with chrome wire wheels, foglamps, twin exhaust system and windscreen washers. The car was raced successfully between 1956 and 1958.

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This actual car being raced by Alan Gray when almost new.


In 1991 the owner for the previous 10 years decided a restoration was due and the car was completely dismantled and some restoration work undertaken. But, as so often happens, the restoration was abandoned and the car was stored in a barn in rural Victoria until found by the current owner. The car was transported to Concours Sportscar Restoration in May 2000 and restoration began.

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As found in a barn, XK140 roadster chassis number 800040 was complete (except for the grille) and all numbers match.

The first task was to remove all of the old primer and surface rust from the body, which was achieved by immersing the body in an alkaline solution. The result is a bare steel / aluminium body ready to prepare properly and primed ready for restoration. The chassis was checked and was in excellent condition, requiring no work at all. The body required extensive restoration and had suffered some accident damage to the left side, which damaged the guard and the bulkhead. The front guards were removed and the bulkhead dismantled. Whilst the top of the scuttle / bulkhead was restored, an entire new firewall and side bulkhead sections were fabricated. New sills and floors were made, as usual, and then the bulkhead was reunited with the chassis. The rear end was in better shape, needing only a new sparewheel floor, rear bever panel and the remainder was repaired.

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These photos show the early stages of the body restoration and the newly fabricated bulkhead.

Whilst the body was taking shape in the body department, attention turned to the mechanics. The 3.4 C Type headed engine was carefully dismantled, cleaned and assessed. The cylinder head required a full rebuild with new guides, seats and valves, but the very rare 9.0:1 pistons were in excellent condition. The bore was unsatisfactory so we decided to resleeve the block and bore it to suit the pistons. The gearbox was in exceptional condition requiring only new bearings, seals and gaskets. Unfortunately the differential had suffered a small amount of corrosion damage, which necessitated the replacement of the crownwheel and pinion.

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These photos show the engine before dismantling, the engine internals (including the 9.0:1 pistons) and the 2in sandcast SU carburettors.

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As found in a barn, XK140 roadster chassis number 800040 was complete (except for the grille) and all numbers match.

This actual car being raced by Alan Gray when almost new.

In 1991 the owner for the previous 10 years decided a restoration was due and the car was completely dismantled and some restoration work undertaken. But, as so often happens, the restoration was abandoned and the car was stored in a barn in rural Victoria until found by the current owner. The car was transported to Concours Sportscar Restoration in May 2000 and restoration began.

The first task was to remove all of the old primer and surface rust from the body, which was achieved by immersing the body in an alkaline solution. The result is a bare steel / aluminium body ready to prepare properly and primed ready for restoration. The chassis was checked and was in excellent condition, requiring no work at all. The body required extensive restoration and had suffered some accident damage to the left side, which damaged the guard and the bulkhead. The front guards were removed and the bulkhead dismantled. Whilst the top of the scuttle / bulkhead was restored, an entire new firewall and side bulkhead sections were fabricated. New sills and floors were made, as usual, and then the bulkhead was reunited with the chassis. The rear end was in better shape, needing only a new sparewheel floor, rear bever panel and the remainder was repaired.