Celebrity Cars: Harrison Ford (1955 Jaguar XK140)


Net Worth: $230 Million
Famous For: “Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Clear and Present Danger”
Car MSRP: $4,000
Top Speed: 125 Miles Per Hour
Miles to The Gallon: 13 MPG (City) / 18 MPG (Highway)
Stock Number: Unknown

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Most actors would kill for the chance to be included in one movie series that gets multiple sequels, let alone one that makes billions of dollars. A young Harrison Ford got that chance in the mid 1970s when he teamed up with George Lucas for the “Star Wars” series, starring as Han Solo. The “Star Wars” films have grossed well over $3 billion at the box office, but Ford’s career would only take off from there. Jones also starred in the Indiana Jones series of films that have made nearly $2 billion worldwide, while also starring in hit films such as “Witness”, “Clear and Present Danger” and “Blade Runner”. Ford’s ability to draw at the box office has made him incredibly wealthy, to the tune of a $230 million net worth.

There are a lot of popular classic collector’s cars out there, but one of the more unique ones that we’ve seen celebrities like Ford driving around is his 1955 Jaguar XK140. You might expect Ford to drive a, well, Ford, but that’s not the case. Ford doesn’t mind using his Jaguar regularly, usually keeping the top down as he heads through the streets of Southern California, and we can’t blame him. Jaguar made the XK140 from 1954 to 1957, meaning it can be hard to get your hands on one these days.

The 1955 model that Ford has is the original of the XK140 models, which was changed up by Jaguar from the previous XK120. The biggest difference is how the car looks, with larger bumpers and new turn signals to give it a more unique look, while other aspects such as the grille stayed the same. Taller drivers were kept in mind with the model, so the 6’1” Ford has headroom while cruising around.

To purchase an XK140 in the type of condition that Ford’s is in, you’ll have to drop at least six figures. It’s estimated that Ford’s car set him back $150,000, which is a big step up from the $4,000 that it cost when first released. While likely not the original paint on Ford’s Jaguar, it does feature a green exterior that he keeps in tip top shape. As for the interior, Ford doesn’t mind eating lunch in his car, though he’s sure to clean out any mess afterward.

There are two seats in this roadster, including a waterproof leather fascia and a wooden dashboard that doesn’t feature all of the high tech bells and whistles that we’re used to seeing in celebrity cars. The leather seats typically need to be reupholstered from time to time, but keeping the Jaguar looking fresh doesn’t cost that much in the grand scheme of things, while keeping the resale value high.

In terms of performance, the XK140 has 190 horsepower, which was 10 higher than the previous model, though Ford likely has the upgraded version that has 210 horsepower with an estimated 210 lb-ft of torque. The six cylinder 3.4 liter engine is able to reach some impressive speeds for a car its age, reaching a top speed of around 125 miles per hour. It takes around 8.5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour, and an estimated 26.5 seconds to reach 100 miles per hour from a standstill.

These might sound like low numbers now, but at the time it was pretty revolutionary to see a car that could travel that quickly. One thing that has been dated because of the changing times, however, is the fuel mileage. You can hold just under 17 gallons in the Jaguar’s fuel tank, and the 3,135 pound car typically receives about 15 miles per gallon, with 13 miles per gallon in city driving and 18 miles per gallon on the highways. Compared to supercars that celebs drive around today, that’s actually not too bad.

The 1955 Jaguar XK140 features a manual transmission, with four speeds and a rear wheel drive, making it a pretty easy and comfortable ride. Since Ford is actually a certified pilot that’s used to flying complicated aircraft, getting around in the XK140 is a breeze. There aren’t many gauges or any touchscreen navigation system to distract you while driving, either, so Ford loves to use this car as a Sunday driver.

If you want a 1955 Jaguar XK140 for your own, the prices can vary tremendously depending on the car’s condition. Some can be as low as $30,000 to $40,000 when they have a lot of wear and tear, while some are even close to $200,000 if they have just a few thousand miles on the road and have been kept in their original form. Either way, it’s something you wouldn’t be shocked to see at a classic car meet.

While the Jaguar is Ford’s favorite car, he does have an impressive arsenal of automobiles (and aircraft). Some of his other cars he’s been spotted driving include a line of BMWs, as well as several motorcycles from manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson and Triumph. Still, you’re more likely to see the captain of the Millennium Falcon driving around a car that was released more than 20 years before the first “Star Wars” movie!

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