One of only 74 examples built in RHD, this outstanding Jaguar XK 140 open two seater (OTS) is further desirable by being one of just 36 supplied with the Special Equipment option. In addition to the SE specification, it was also completed with the C-Type head and carburettors, considerably raising the engine power from 190 bhp to 210 bhp. Other noticeable additional extras from the SE package were twin exhausts, wire wheels with knock on hubs, twin fog lamps, high speed crankshaft damper and windscreen washers.
As per the Jaguar Heritage certificate, the 140 was ordered new by a USAF serviceman based at the NATO airbase in North East France. Delivered to him via the Jaguar agents in Paris, Delecroix finished in pastel blue with blue interior. Unsurprisingly, when it was time to return to the USA, Sgt Rinberg took his beloved 140 with him. The next owner was the celebrated Hollywood actor George Montgomery, the star of many westerns with roles including the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid.
The next known change of ownership was in 1988 when the car was bought by Lenhard Stevens who during his twenty year ownership embarked on a full restoration commencing in 1993. The work was entrusted to renown restorer Hector Castro. These comprehensive works included a body off restoration, powder coating the chassis and of course a superb job on the body and paintwork. At the same time the mechanicals were also attended to and rebuilt and refurbished as necessary. These exhaustive works were completed in 1997 and he continued to enjoy the car for another 10 years at which point it came to the UK and joined the private collection of none other than Henry Pearman, the founder of Eagle who with his infinite expertise undoubtedly made something great even better.
It must be stressed that not only is it visually still in beautiful condition throughout, as ever the proof in the pudding is how it drives. Good luck finding a better one. Truly impressive and reassuring. An absolute delight!