The sleek, smooth design on this beauty earns it a reputation worthy of the name. Jaguars are known for the same presence on the road as the jungle cats, from which the name is derived, have in the wild. Manufactured from 1954 to 1957, the Jaguar XK 140 was the successor of the XK 120. Movie buffs may recognize this model, which Ryan Phillippe popularized in the movie Cruel Intentions.
Drivers of the XK 140 enjoyed 210 bhp at 5750 rpm, and while these specifications may not seem impressive today, they earned a great deal of respect on the road during their time. Additionally, this was the first Jaguar with an automatic transmission. Some notable changes made from the model’s predecessor, the XK 120, include the use of rack-and-pinion steering instead of recirculating ball steering, enhanced brakes from the 12 inch drum brakes, and modern shock absorbers. Two body styles were available for this classic car: a convertible and a coupe, and both were two-door styles.
A popular magazine, Road & Track, tested the Jaguar XK 140 in June of 1955 and discovered it was able to attain a top speed of 121 miles per hour. They also recorded a 0-60 time of 8.4 seconds and declared that the Jag would run the 1/4 mile in 16.9 seconds at 86 mph. Again, while many of today’s models could do laps around this vehicle, it was sure to turn heads with its slick, cool design.
When production stopped on the XK 140 model in 1957 after its three-year run, it was succeeded by the Jaguar XK 150, which was radically different after a redesign. Later, the XK 150 was notably, in 1959, the fastest car that the British magazine The Motor had ever tested, at least until that point in time.