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During 1954, British auto maker Jaguar would release the second-generation of its popular XK line the Jaguar XK140. Offering the same basic styling as the previous XK120, buyers were now treated to full-width bumpers, expanded cabin space and new rack and pinion steering. Also new for 1954 would be the release of the Drophead Coupe body style, this would be Jaguars first true convertible in the XK line. Running alongside the Roadster (or Open Two-Seater) and the Fixed Head Coupe, the 1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe filled a niche in the market for those Jaguar buyers who wanted a true open-air experience. Capitalizing on their racing successes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, marketing materials read as follows: All the accumulated wealth of knowledge and experience gained in the hard school of racing have been built into the new XK140 models which are powered by the famous 3L twin overhead camshaft XK engine. If you’re thinking about buying a 1954 XK140 DHC, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club stands ready to help you find the perfect match for your garage.
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One of the biggest complaints from Jaguar XK120 owners had been interior cabin space. The new 1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe now offered increased legroom and more space for occasional seats in the rear, even when the Drophead Coupe had its top up. When buying a Drophead Coupe, always inspect the top to ensure its condition, as well as the mechanics that allow the top to move up and down. Furthermore, because this is an open-air car, you’ll find that the Drophead Coupe versions are typically a little bit rougher around the edges than a Fixed Head Coupe, for example. Always try to find the most complete example you can within your desired budget and make room for any restoration or parts that may be needed. With these unique classics, it is always best to have a third-party inspect the car to provide you with a report on its mechanics and overall condition. The Beverly Hills Car Club can assist you with these steps. For more Buyer’s Tips like these, please do not hesitate to contact their team of experts today.
The Beverly Hills Car Club is a California classic car dealership based in Los Angeles that specializes in the purchase and sale of American and European classic cars. Whether you’re looking for a 1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe as your next restoration project or need a mint example for your showroom or garage, let their team be your guide to today’s classic car market. They look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find the car you desire.
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