Jaguar XK 140 Coupé 1955
Coachwork by Michelotti
Chassis no. 5814286
Encyclopedia: Jaguar XK140 Coupe Michelotti
A Jaguar XK140 with Michelotti body, a Ferrari 308 GT4, a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type, Wolseley, Citroen were found in Gent, Belgium. They were owned by the deceased Belgian collector Mr Schepens. The Jaguar XK140 will offered at Bonhams at its annual Monaco Sale in May. Unfortunately the full history of the car is missing. For that reason, Bonhams puts an estimate of only 10.000€-15.000€. With the entire history, it could have easily passed the 100.000€ mark.
The car was originally delivered to Jeanne Gaymard on 10 June 1955 as a cream-coloured, left-hand-drive fixed-head coupé with two-tone blue interior. Although Gaymard was Paris-based the car received a Haute Vienne licence plate (département 87).
'However, in 1957 it was involved in quite a serious accident, leading to extensive damage to the front,' says French Jaguar historian and author Bernard Viart. 'The body was beyond repair, so there was a need for a new bodywork. This was the reason it was shipped to Michelotti in Turin.'
In 1960 or 1961, the car received this new body. Only two or three XK140s would have received the same bodystyle, and Michelotti famously rebodied a crashed D-type in 1963. But there is more to this car then just the bodywork. It was delivered new with a C-type cylinder head and the side-exit exhaust from the C-type, both still visible in the pictures.
The car ended up with British classic car salesman Stephen Langton, where Bernard Viart inspected it in 1979 on behalf of French Jaguar-collector Roland Urban. Urban had a thing for ‘one-off’ Jaguars and welcomed the Michelotti XK 140 with open arms in his collection.
He even fabricated a story around it that the car at some point had been owned by legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot. This has been denied to us by the actress’ secretary Frank Guillou: 'Brigitte Bardot says she has never owned a Jaguar.'
Even without the Bardot factor, there remain plenty of interesting details making this one remarkable XK140.
'Mr Schepens acquired the car at a Brussels classic car show in 1999,' says Gregory Tuytens of Bonhams. 'It was in good condition, but he had decided to restore it. Unfortunately, he passed away just before he got to repainting the car. All the parts are there, ready to be reassembled.'
Bonhams will offer the car at its Monaco sale in May. There is no doubt that this is an original Michelotti-bodied XK140, yet Bonhams is cautious with its expectations, and the full history of the car is missing; only the Belgian documents are with the car.
I am not a natural flatterer, I like to think that I "tell it like it is", politely I hope. So when I tell you that I am very impressed by the contents of your website, it is just not English politeness. I of course love the subject matter but you deal with it in an energetic and respectful manner. I am overwhelmed by the research that has gone into compiling the list of coachbuilders/bodybuilders for Europe and North America. I have never heard of the vast majority of them.
Congratulations on an excellent website.
- N. Maltby of Car Scene International
We use Coachbuild.com almost daily as our main reference source!
- Schloss Dyck Classic Days
We use Coachbuild.com all the time for references!
- Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
We are very impressed by your website!
- Bicester Heritage UK