Jaguar XK140 Back To Le Mans

The only Jaguar XK140 FHC to race in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1956, and was erroneously black flagged, returns to the famous circuit 60 years later for a rematch at Le Mans Classic this weekend.

Le Mans Jaguar XK 40 PWT 846

This XK140 was privately entered into the race and driven by Roger Walshaw and Peter Bolton in 1956, but it was erroneously disqualified while running in 11th place with 206 laps.

The car, which was recently restored and race prepared by world-leading restorers and Jaguar specialists Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC), is being taken back by its current owner Mr. Peter Neumark.

It will be competing in the Grid 2 class for cars manufactured between 1949 and 1956 and also in the Jaguar Classic Challenge.

“The opportunity to restore the only Jaguar XK140 to race in the 24hs of Le Mans 60 years ago was compelling,” said Peter. “In 1956 this private entry car astounded the crowds and was running 11th in the 21sthour of the race when it was cruelly and wrongfully black flagged.

“The offer of a free entry from the ACO for the following year’s race was a scant recompense for what would have been at least a top ten finish, but the car never returned until now.”

Jaguar XK140 returns to Le Mans

Peter added: “It is a privilege to take this car back to Le Mans and drive it in what will probably be my last competitive race on a circuit I love and where I won in 2010 in the Jaguar D-Type OKV1.”

Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of CMC, said: “The car has been completely restored from the chassis up, covering every nut and bolt, and saving as much of the original vehicle as possible due to its prominent racing pedigree.”

Note: Press release courtesy Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth