This is the XK 140 drophead as found in the USA. It is originally a UK car, 807307. Its UK registration was LNJ 333 and I have retained it.
Somehow or other it has managed to keep its original engine & gearbox albeit in a fairly poor state.
Despite all my attempts to find out its history, I know absolutely nothing about it except an interesting event relating to the time before it left the factory - see later.
The car came from Chuck Konesky in New York. I have no idea how it got to the US but I think it must have been exported from the UK in about 1974. I bought it in 1992 at a time when you got (briefly) $2 to the pound. Who'd have thought this would have happened again in 2007?
Obviously the car will need a lot of work and I will report progress on this site. These pictures were taken in my garage on a very cold winter's morning. (You can see the glow from the space heater). I don't like working in the cold these days so I'm going leave a lot of the work until it's warmer.
I expect to take another two years or more to complete the car although I already have stripped quite a bit more than you can see from the photos. Once the paint was off, I found the rear was so badly rusted that it wasn't worth repairing. I have now bought a complete new rear assembly from Bill Lawrance that I will fit once I have the body off the chassis.
Please send me an email with any comments about the project as it progresses. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org
From www.xkdata.com I recently discovered that the engine number of the car G7185-8 appeared to be out sequence with its contemporaries as it seemed to come from a batch of engines produced in the Spring of 1956 whereas the car was built in November 1955. Yet the Identification Plate and Heritage documents indicated that the engine in the car was its original one. It turns out that my car was built with a 7:1 compression ratio engine G5961-7 that was in the correct sequence for the build date but for some reason before the car was despatched from the factory this engine was removed and a later 8:1 compression engine was fitted. The factory records show the lower compression engine crossed out and the later one entered.
It's a matter of conjecture why this happened. It could be that the original engine turned out to be faulty when the factory tested it and another car went to the customer who had ordered the low compression engine. Or possibly, the order was cancelled before the car was shipped and the factory decided to keep the car to see if another order for the same specification came through. Maybe after the car had sat around the plant for six months they decide to fit it with the normal 8:1 engine and get rid of it. What we do know is that despite being completed on 5th November 1955 it didn't leave the factory until 10th May 1956.
The low compression engine originally fitted to my car was eventually re-fitted to a fixed head coupe bound for Malaysia again out of sequence but now older than would be expected.
My thanks to Roger Payne and Terry McGrath for the explanation of this anomaly.
Sheet metal pictures
Progress in 2000
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