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Jaguar XK 140

Jaguar XK 140
EngineSix-cylinder in-line
Displacement (bore*stroke)3442 cm³ (83,0 mm * 106,0 mm)
Compression ratio
Engine controlDohc
Mixture preparation2, single carburetors
Drivetrain designFront engine, rear drive
TransmissionManual four-speed
Front suspensionDouble wishbone
Rear suspensionRigid axle
Wheelbase2.590 mm
Length4.470 mm
Width1.640 mm
Kerb weight1410 kg + driver
Maximum speed198 km/h
Manufactured1954 - 1957

Yes, '130' it should undoubtedly be called. And that's yet something much if you look at the real top speed. Probably only the stronger model creates 130 miles per hour (= nearly 210 km/h). Because the XK 140 is indeed a direct descendant of the XK 120 but has gained some performance. Easiest identifying feature are the bumpers which are perceived as something too dominant.

In the UK and on the continent still can not very many people afford a Jaguar, although the time for example in Germany already falls within the scope of the economic miracle. So America is the main sales market for Jaguar. And here one defends himself against the filigree competition, such as MG tries, with demands for not filigree details. One reasons this, of course, with safety requirements.

Whether these giant bumper is now anticipatory obedience or really necessary, can no longer be cleared afterwards. However, the XK 140 also has still more obvious news. This includes relocation of the engine to create more space for the front passengers. Also important is the space behind the seats, which makes from the car a conditionally usable four-seater.

Further concession to export is the automatic available as an option. The now available overdrive is beneficial for all, switch on electromagnetically in fourth gear. The engine has at least at rated speed a mean piston speed of about 20 m/s. The acceptable limit at about 16 m/s at the time. You can consider the XK 140 than the more comfortable variant of the XK 120.

However, competition is also become harder, no longer comparable with the situation in 1948. There must have been a renovation. Finally, Americans want to take along also their famous golf bag. So the luggage compartment can be opened forward. A remarkably practical car then, plus to a Jaguar typical low price. 12/13