1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight
1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2015

Jaguar enjoyed plenty of air time this year within the collector car auction world. Well represented at major collector car auctions in 2015, Auction Editor Rick Carey witnessed the good, bad and the ugly from the Coventry-based car firm.

Carey’s journey across the globe in 2015 started in January at the Scottsdale sales and finally concluded recently at the RM Sotheby’s New York City sale. Covering dozens of auctions and evaluating thousands of cars, Carey aimed to give enthusiasts a better of idea of the quality of each of the cars crossing the block at the auctions.

While the Jaguar E-Type made up a majority of the Jaguar offerings at auction in 2015, it was two racing Jaguars that topped the auction list. The biggest Jaguar sale in dollars of 2015 occurred when RM Sotheby’s sold the ex-Works 1953 Jaguar C-Type Lightweight Roadster (s/n XKC 052) for $13,200,000 at their Monterey auction, followed by the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer (s/n XKD 530) sold at the RM Amelia Island sale for $3,675,000.

Listed in chronological order, Rick Carey’s reports on the 60 Jaguars analyzed in 2015.

Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1963 Jaguar XKE SI Roadster
Lot # 126 1963 Jaguar XKE SI Roadster; S/N 879718; Engine # RA26799; Primrose Yellow/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $140,000 – $170,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $102,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $112,750. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires. – Represented as matching numbers. Superficially cosmetically restored with sound paint over lumpy bodywork. Sound older chrome. Aged unrestored but clean underbody. Gouged steering wheel rim. Only a driver quality E-type, and not a very good one at that. – Offered at McCormick’s Palm Springs auction in 2012, then at Mecum Monterey also in 2012 where it no-saled at $65,000 and $75,000 respectively, it was then sold at Bonhams Boca Raton auction in February 2013 for $96,800, gradually tracing the XKE’s upward sloping price curve to this point. Bought at a decided discount to most of the XKEs currently in the market, the difference is more than accounted for by the mediocrity of its condition and presentation. This is a rather magnanimous price for what this XKE is.

RM Auctions Arizona 2015 – Auction Report

1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Convertible
Lot # 122 1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Convertible; S/N 1E11337; Engine # 7E5220-9; Silver-Blue, Silver-Blue hardtop/Dark Blue leather; Navy cloth top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $280,500. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, Michelin Defender blackwall radials, two tops, upgraded radiator, large cooling fan, 3.23 rear axle, 15-inch woodrim steering wheel. JDHT Heritage Certificate documented matching numbers. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. All chrome and polished aluminum engine compartment. Beautiful upholstery. Well and truly overdone in all respects and impossible to fault. – The best of all XKEs, with the big, torquey engine and full synchro gearbox, exceptionally fully equipped and done to the highest standards in a particularly attractive color that accentuates the XKE’s beautiful lines. What’s not to like? It’s a little glitzy under the hood and hard to drive without being concerned by birds, stones and the stares of inattentive passing drivers. XKEs are hot in the moment and this is no more than this excellent example should have brought. (photo: RM Auctions)
1962 Jaguar XKE SI 3.8L Convertible
Lot # 144 1962 Jaguar XKE SI 3.8L Convertible; S/N 877151; Engine # R52329; Carmen Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, AM radio, updated with gear reduction starter, aluminum radiator and electronic ignition. – Excellent paint and panel fit. Clean and correct engine compartment, good seats, good dash and console, working radio. Good nose with correct grille shape, bumpers are level. Very good top. Delaminating windshield with wobbly wipers. An excellent original to begin with. – Well done to very high driver standards by a highly competent shop. The price it brought carries on the current XKE tradition of values that ignore the substantial numbers produced.
1957 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster
Lot # 162 1957 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster; S/N A813268; Engine # G97928; Burgundy/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Modified restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $209,000. No Reserve – Upgraded with 5-speed gearbox, front disc brakes, replacement C-type head, chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, wind wings, driving lights. – The paint finish is even, panel fits are consistent, interior well fitted and bumpers correctly adjusted and well plated. Polished up underhood but showing scant effect from the 6,500 miles it is said to have covered since the restoration. – This is a serious premium price for a modified XK 140 even though the upgrades will make it a much better tour car and it is presented to very high standards.
1960 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 203 1960 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N P215228DN; Engine # LA8633-8; Dark Green/Green leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. No Reserve – 3.8/220hp, overdrive 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Pirelli tires, modern air conditioning, Hella headlights, Cibie driving lights, 4-spoke woodrim steering wheel, P/S, AM-FM. – Restored in the UK, completed in 2006. Excellent paint and panel fit, good chrome and glass, beautiful wood interior. Right front seat shrunken by the sun. Chrome wire wheels look new. Air conditioning squeezed in, radiator header tank is battered. No rear fender skirts, like period racing cars. Jaguar Mk 2 upgrades are accepted now, like Vintage Bentleys and this is a desirable package with full records. – Said to have covered only about the 821 miles showing on its odometer since it was completed, desirably equipped including air conditioning, but not upgraded with the handling packages that make Mk 2s even better driving cars. The Biltmore bidders paid like it was, though, a superior price even for a superior Mk 2 like this.
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Fixed-Head Coupe
Lot # 207 1958 Jaguar XK 150 Fixed-Head Coupe; S/N S834564DN; Engine # V1755-8; BRGreen/Tan leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. No Reserve – Painted wire wheels, blackwall tires. – This car has been in California since new, one family owned until 2003. It has clearly been cherished, and the 72,528 miles are represented as correct. A good repaint in the original British Racing Green – including the wire wheels – highlights the straight bodywork and good panel fit. The charmingly worn interior is too inviting to replace but the seat cushions would benefit from being carefully restuffed. Under the hood the engine is clean and correct and affirms that this car has been loved and driven. The bumpers are checked, the grille badge cracked and the taillights faded to blonde, but the car had a crowd around it all day. – Reported sold at the McCormicks’ Palm Springs auction in November 2003 for $40,280 when the odometer displayed 70,868 miles, then at Gooding’s auction here in Scottsdale in 2009 for $61,600. The price it realized here is a tribute to its originality – although most observers rate it repainted, not original paint as cataloged.
1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster
Lot # 208 1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E13442; Engine # 7E100499; Primrose Yellow, Black hardtop/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. – Overdrive 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, hardtop, pushbutton radio, extensive documentation back to selling dealer in Portland, Oregon. – Low-mileage survivor, bought for the original owner’s honeymoon in Europe. Represented as matching numbers original block, head and gearbox, original paint (including dent on passenger door), pitted bumpers, tired rubber seals and old canvas top. Bumper guard removed from rear, leaving holes. Leather seats nicely patinated, some windshield chips. Good wire wheels. Tidy engine, with Optima battery. Now a rare color that’s usually changed. – Surprisingly original and still in very presentable condition, this XKE could have brought the low estimate without being unreasonably expensive.