Owning a cross-section of Jaguars, I can correct you on one point and answer
the others. As far as the saloons go, the only model that has really held
its value is Mark 2. Other ones may appear to have some value, but it’s
nowhere near the cost to restore one. That’s why the sage advice to buyers
of all post-war Jaguar saloons is to buy the best one you can afford,
because you won’t be able to restore it for the price. Sportscars of all
sorts tend to hold their value better because they’re fun to drive, fun to
look at, and fun to be seen in. But even they suffer a pretty severe drop in
value after they roll off the lot.
Take the XK series, one of which I’m fortunate enough to own. As 50-60 year
old cars go, they aren’t that scarce because they’ve always been desirable,
even if it was by a high school kid looking for a sweet ride. 15 years after
XKs went out of production, you could pick them up for a song. If you can
find some old classifieds from the late '60s, $500 would get you an OK
example. E-types were going for more at the end of the 70s, partly due to
inflation, but partly because it was an iconic design.
Every car, no matter the marque or model, goes through a phase where it’s
just an old car, before it becomes collectible.
“Mark 1” Mark Stephenson Phoenix, AZ
52 XK120 S673129; 59 Mark 1; 84, 85, 86, 95 XJ6-----Original Message-----
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 5:25 PM
Subject: [x300] Value of X300 cars in the near and further-out future?
I was watching an epidode of ‘‘What’s your Car Worth’’ and the fella had a
V-12 E-type with an auto tranny and big rubber bumper thingys hanging off
the bonnet. Still, painted a nice BRG, the car was worth 50k US. I’m
wondering. There are a few Jags that don’t seem to hold their value and the
X300 seems to be one of them. Why? I can’t figure it out. Why do the X120s
and e-type, and saloons all have such high intrinsic value while these
pretty rare X300 cars seem to plummet in value, never to recover. Or, will
the one day recover and I’m just missing it? Mine is pristine white, 1997
Long fuselage. It’s stunning in the rain and always turns heads. It’s uber
comfortable and roomy. IT has the quintencential Jaguar look wtih two
rounded lights in the wings and sweeping curves everywhere. Yet, the last
of the 1997s are going for 3000 quid or maybe 6000 US with low miles?
Will these cars ever escalate in price like their older bretheren?
Inquiring minds need to know!
'97 XJ6 L
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