I’m slightly confused on wheels for 140s. I had it in my head that 140 SEs were all fitted from the factory with chrome 54-spoke 16" wheels. Viart, however (p.258), states that
‘Dunlop “Wire Spoke Wheels”, as were fitted to Special Equipment models, were painted to match body colour. With the introduction of 60-spoke wire wheels for XK150, these were progressively more usually supplied painted Silver, rather than matching Body Colour. Chromium Plated “Wire Spoke Wheels” were available to Special Order only, but were very rarely supplied.’
So… all 140SEs were fitted as standard with 54-spoke wires, painted body colour, unless chrome was ‘special ordered’, which happened very rarely? Interesting. My car was on a set of very old and tatty chrome wires, including spare, when it came back from the US. It had been stored since '82 so I’ll bet they’re original. As I’m going to do a colour change, I was thinking of painted wheels to match the trim colour (which is management’s preference too, so it’ll probably happen). Every restored 140SE I’ve seen has been on chrome wires, but it seems that would have been very rare when new. It’s a bit annoying (assuming I’ve got this right) - I’d like to fit painted wheels, whereas my car may be one of the “very rare” ones supplied new with chrome!