1955 Jaguar D-Type
1955 Jaguar D-Type

Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2014

Jaguar, the brand known for its leaping feline mascot, enjoyed plenty of air time this year within the collector car auction world. Well represented at nearly every single collector car auction in 2014, Auction Editor Rick Carey witnessed the good, bad and the ugly from the Coventry-based car firm.

Not surprisingly, the Jaguar E-Type made up a majority of the Jaguar offerings at auction in 2014. After a world-record sale of a 1966 4.2-Liter Series 1 OTS at RM Auction’s New York City auction at the tail end of last year, the E-Type has been on a magic carpet ride, with increasingly big prices. With their remarkable story, heart-stopping good looks, it’s easy to understand why the legendary sporting machine has recently enjoyed more respect.

Carey’s journey across the globe in 2014 started in January at the Scottsdale sales and finally concluded recently at the Branson Collector Car Auction. Covering no less than 30 auctions and evaluating thousands of cars, he aimed to give enthusiasts a better of idea of the quality of each of the cars crossing the block at the auctions.

Listed in chronological order, Rick Carey’s reports on the 61 Jaguars analyzed in 2014.

Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2014

Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

1963 Jaguar XKE SI 3.8 Roadster
Lot # 119 1963 Jaguar XKE SI 3.8 Roadster; S/N 877793; Engine # R67209; Opalescent Silver Grey/Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $230,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $253,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, blackwall Dunlop tires, AM-FM radio, handbook, JDHT certificate, tools, jack, unrestored hardtop included. – Repaint, upholstery and interior trim, chrome work has created an attractive driver. However the rest of the car is old, clean and usable when the outside appearance suggests it would be better. – Sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2000 for $52,800 with 13,274 miles, now showing 15,388, then by Gooding at Amelia in 2010 for $99,000. Its condition is getting better as time goes on, but nowhere close to good enough to make sense at this price.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible
Lot # 1700 1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible; S/N SAJNX274XSC195016; White, /Tan; Tan top; 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. No Reserve– Automatic, alloy wheels, power top, power seats, air conditioning, cassette deck. – Nice paint, some wear to seats, good interior wood, scrape on right rear bumper, odometer undoubtedly rolled over. – Much less trouble than the V12 and not a lot slower. These cars can still be found for $8,000-$10,000 in local classifieds, so the $22K price here should probably be described as a purchase of passion.
1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe
Lot #983 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679632; Old English White, /Red leather; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. No Reserve– Centerlock wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, locking filler cap, dual wing mirrors. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very clean engine bay. A nicely restored driver but not a show car. Stated to be body-off restored, which its presentation supports, and with matching numbers and Heritage Certificate, but the cosmetics and presentation don’t measure up to most XK 120 restorations. – Sold by RM here in Arizona in 2011 for $55,000, then peddled at Worldwide in Houston and Bonhams Quail Lodge in 2012 with reported bids of $95,000 both times. It came back to earth here at WestWorld and brought a reasonable price for its presentation and condition.

RM Auctions Arizona 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Jaguar XK 140MC Fixed Head Coupe
Lot # 125 1955 Jaguar XK 140MC Fixed Head Coupe; S/N S814360DN; Engine # G3915-8S; Imperial Maroon/Biscuit leather; Estimate $100,000 – $140,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. No Reserve – Overdrive, chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, 4-spoke woodrim steering wheel, fender mirrors, fog lights, aluminum radiator, electric fan, XK 150 block. – Block is V6017-8, head is G3915-8S. Freshly restored with very good cosmetics, fresh interior that looks barely used and crisp, sharp and orderly underhood. A superb ride for tours or weekends. – The XK 120-140 fixed head coupe is a lovely example of William Lyons’ deft eye for line and grace. Luxuriously appointed inside with leather, carpet and varnished wood, it is a rolling gentlemen’s club and this fine example brought a reasonable price.
1968 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster
Lot # 075 1968 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E16228; Engine # 7E148599; Golden Sand/Tan; Biscuit top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $187,000 – Chrome wire wheels, woodrim steering wheel, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. Reportedly the only documented biscuit colored soft-top from factory. – Obvious rotisserie restoration in original colors with fabulous panel fit, paint and chrome. Clean and correct under hood; overall, hard to fault. Owned by JCNA judge and national Best in Class winner in 2013. – Sold here in 2012 for $123,750, its recent JCNA judging, provenance and the obvious quality of its restoration along with the highly attractive colors tipped the scales in its favor today, although the price is probably unrepeatable for quite a while. It’s hard to say where E-Type values are going to end, but for the foreseeable future it is ‘up.’
1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe
Lot # 052 1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 1E30527; Engine # 7E23289; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Modified restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $187,000. No Reserve – Matching numbers, aluminum radiator, 5-speed Tremec transmission, stainless steel exhaust, competition exhaust, 16″ cooling fan, four-piston front brake calipers, chrome wire wheels, woodrim steering wheel. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Spotless engine bay. Concours-quality restoration that leaves nothing to be desired but significantly upgraded for better performance and reliability. A little bit better in every way than RM’s other SI 4.2 Coupe, but not comparable because of the modifications. – The bidders clearly put great value on the utility of the modifications – although why they didn’t include A/C in the work list on an Arizona coupe is hard to fathom. This is an outlier transaction because of the modifications, but reveals a strong segment of the XKE market and, if this car’s reception and price are any indication, there should be lots more shortly.
1964 Jaguar XKE SI Roadster
Lot # 028 1964 Jaguar XKE SI Roadster; S/N 881186; Engine # ZB2974; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $140,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. No Reserve – Leather upholstery, chrome wire wheels, stainless steel exhaust, canvas Stayfast top. – Old restoration refreshed. Clean but somehow feels hasty, with a homemade radio delete panel and mirror clamped to the driver’s window channel. Reportedly the original color combination. – Original black E-Types are rare and E-type prices are moving up following a few years in the wilderness and especially the pulse-popping result RM got in New York two months ago. Given the presentation and condition, the price paid was reasonable.
1962 Jaguar Mark 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 013 1962 Jaguar Mark 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 218961BW; Engine # LB76208; Regency Red/Tan leather; Estimate $85,000 – $115,000; Concours restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. No Reserve – 3781/220hp, automatic with overdrive, three S.U.’s, disc brakes, chrome wire wheels, Firestone wide whitewalls, push button radio, aftermarket air conditioning. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Very clean chassis and engine bay. Has the desirable 3.8 and disc brakes, and is certainly one of the nicer Mark 2’s around. A 100 point JCNA car in the past, it is more than ready to show again. – The A/C installation is a bit contrived, but it will make it much more comfortable to drive to JCNA events, or just show off around town. Mark 2s tend to receive upgrades for better handling and stopping, less often with comfort upgrades like A/C. The result here is a reasonable compromise between the exceptional restoration and the modification.

Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

1963 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 193 1963 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N P219796BW; Engine # LB9192-9; Opalescent Dark Green/White; Estimate $65,000-$75,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. No Reserve. Disc wheels, original Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, leather upholstery, stainless steel exhaust, aluminum radiator, Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. – Two owners from new, documented full restoration by Classic Showcase. Handsome color. Hard to fault inside and out but hurt by disc wheels and automatic transmission, from an enthusiast’s standpoint. – Compared favorably with similar lot 122, which was also an automatic, but had air conditioning. What’s that worth? In this market about $17,000 apparently. Let’s hope it’s going north, where it can be driven in the summer.
1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster
Lot # 153 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster, Body by; S/N 670405; Engine #; Silver Blue/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $66,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $72,600. Canadian car, represented as matching numbers but with a replacement cylinder head installed in period, rare period Glasspar hardtop, disc wheels, fender skirts. – Remarkably solid survivor with dull original paint, patinated interior and top with three owners from new. Said to run very well and stunningly authentic. – A Jag that is much too sound to restore, a rare survivor that brought a highly reasonable price for its condition and originality.

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  1. In the Greenwich 2014 report, the caption says it is a 1954 XK-120. The chrome marker lites on front fenders are normally seen on an earlier (1949/1950) car. The wings have the side air vents which supports the 1954 stated vintage.

  2. At Pebble Beach in August David Gooding and his team realized what is believed to be the highest price ever paid at auction for an E-type (excluding the lightweights and competition cars) with the sale of the 38th LHD roadster built, at $528,000, including premium. Whether you like these prices or feel they are justified (and Rick Carey doesn’t always seem to) this is noteworthy information for enthusiasts following the market, yet Sports Car Digest somehow ignored this car completely in its Monterey auction coverage, and hence in this year-end review also.