We’d love to see this barn-find ’57 Jaguar XK140 up close
If you live anywhere near Mason, Michigan, and your first thought after seeing this cool cat is not “I’ve gotta go check this out,” then you haven’t been cooped up inside quite long enough yet. Either way, we’ll all just have to make do with looking at the photos of this dusty 1957 Jaguar XK140, which for 33 years has been parked in a barn in Mason, about 15 miles south of the state capital of Lansing. The Jag may look a little rough around the edges, but it carries a $58,000 price tag on Facebook Marketplace, which says a lot about the enduring appeal of these gorgeous cars.
The XK140 had a tough act to follow, given the love lavished on the XK120. Although it looked a lot like its predecessor, the XK140 had large bumpers and a heavier cast grille, which may have taken away from its inherent grace but offered far better protection against larger Detroit-built cars. Only 8884 XK140s were built from 1954–57.
Today, a ’57 Jaguar XK140 in #1 (Concours) condition has an average value of $163,000, while one in #4 (Fair) condition—a little worse for wear but still runs—is $62,600. Priced nearly $5K less than that, the one for sale will clearly require some work.
The owner writes that the car has 33,000 miles, is painted green over black, and had an automatic transmission. If you’re looking for more information than that, good luck.
What we can tell you is that the 63-year-old Drophead Coupe is powered by a 3.4-liter twin-cam six-cylinder engine that produces about 190 horsepower—and judging from the photos, it looks to all be there. The Jag also has its two-piece windshield and both side windows, dash gauges, lights, side mirrors, and both bumpers, although the front bumper is sitting where the driver belongs. The steering wheel seems to be missing, however, unless its hiding somewhere—perhaps behind that green bucket?
It must be difficult trying to sell a car these days, considering that most people actually want to see a car up close before they agree to a deal. Even those of us who aren’t in a position to buy this Jag would love to see it up close. The wait continues.