Residual value, or the price a car is expected to sell for a few years down the line, is an important factor in any automotive purchasing decision. But if the sports cars below are anything to go by, Jaguar owners shouldn’t fear the spectre of depreciation. From dilapidated barn finds to celebrated race winners, there’s something for every budget. Well, that’s if your budget is somewhere north of a transporter full of F-TYPEs...
Auction house Sotheby's
1955 Jaguar D-type Le Mans winning car – £16,770,600 – sold 2016
Officially the seventh most expensive car ever to go under the hammer, this 1955 Jaguar D-type started life as the overall winner at Le Mans in 1956. Officially known as XKD501, the car was raced at Le Mans by privately-owned Caledonian team, Ecurie Ecosse. Having seen off competition from Stirling Moss’s Aston Martin across the 24-hour endurance race, XKD501 was effectively retired in 1957. It eventually passed through two owners before coming up for auction in Monterey, California, where it became the most expensive British car ever to sell at auction.
Auction house Sotheby's
1953 Jaguar Works Lightweight C-type – £8,514,000 – sold 2015
Known simply as XKC052, this C-type was one of only three Works Lightweight models ever built. On its first outing at Le Mans it finished fourth overall, with its sister C-types taking the first and second places. The Jaguar was sold on to Ecurie Ecosse, where it was raced by Jimmy Stewart (older brother of three times Formula One world champion, Jackie) and was eventually snapped up by Martin Morris, esteemed car collector and heir to the Ambrosia Creamed Rice fortune. The newly-restored C-type was sold to a Californian collector in 1999, with whom it remained until it was auctioned off in 2015.
Auction house Bonhams
1960 Jaguar E2A Prototype – £3,856,060 – sold 2008
Regarded in motor racing folklore as the missing link between the D-type and the E-type, the E2A two-seater prototype was raced by the American Cunningham team at Le Mans in 1960. Although the one-off car was clocked as the fastest along the famed Mulsanne straight, a blown head gasket forced it into early retirement on lap 86. With a new 3.8 litre engine fitted, the E2A was shipped to the US where it raced in the SCCA series, after which it was returned to the UK and mothballed. The car sat neglected in storage, and narrowly avoided being scrapped, before it was salvaged by a collector who restored it to its former glory over a 40 year period.
Auction house Hope & Hamilton
1976 Jaguar XJ12 C – £62,000 – sold 2015
When hit 1960s TV show, The Avengers, was revisited in the 1970s the show’s hero, John Steed – as played by Patrick Macnee – needed a car that complemented his maverick aristocratic leanings. Consequently, a Jaguar XJ12 coupe was employed for the task, albeit one modelled on the wide-body Broadspeed model as raced in the 1976 European Touring Car Championship. After the short-lived show was cancelled, the somewhat neglected Jaguar was eventually absorbed into the vast collection of Richard Colton, whose passing in 2015 prompted its sale, alongside an E-type formerly owned by George Best and two ultra-rare Ferraris.
Auction house Coys
1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 – £61,160 – sold 2015
Straddling the line between barn find and basket case, this E-type’s value was certainly augmented by its distant association to The Beatles. The 3.8 Series 1 was originally owned by Ivor Arbiter – proprietor of a London drum shop who was credited with designing the The Beatles’ iconic ‘drop T’ logo. Legend has it that Arbiter sketched out the logo for band manager Brian Epstein, before having a local sign-writer paint it on to Ringo Starr’s bass drum. Arbiter sold the E-type to a racing enthusiast in 1967 for £855, after which it was left abandoned in a garden when the clutch burnt out in the 1980s.