Founded in 1922 by William Walmsley and Sir William Lyons as the Swallow Sidecar Company, the British carmaker later began manufacturing cars under the Jaguar name in 1935. The company is internationally recognised for its production of notable sports and luxury cars, many of which are highly sought after by collectors.
Jaguar models for collect ors are admired for their desirable features, limited quantity, and rich history. Their distinctive style and historical preservation are of extreme importance, as many have their original parts removed. These cars vary in condition according to the year of make, but most tend to become more valuable with age. In order to classify as a collector's car, the vehicle must be maintained in great condition. This means that its market value is generally high. When purchasing Jaguar models for collectors at retailers such as eBay, buyers should learn about the history of Jaguar and familiarise themselves with the various models.
The original Jaguar models were the SS90 and the SS100, first sold in 1935 and 1936 respectively. The SS90 had a six-cylinder engine with 68 horsepower. Although its styling was appealing, its lack of power decreased its customer base and eventually paved the way for the SS100. The SS100 had a six-cylinder engine with 100 horsepower. Superior in both performance and appearance, this model was produced until 1940.
The 1937 SS Jaguar CDU700 was the first model to carry the Jaguar name following the switchover from the Swallow Sidecar Company. It was also the first model to have a four-door design and six-cylinder overhead valve engine. The car originally had a coachbuilt body and wooden frame. However, in 1938, it was upgraded to include an all steel frame. The SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon remained in production until 1949, with a total of 6,777 being produced. The original CDU700 belonged to Mrs Greta Lyons, the wife of William Lyons, who had launched the car at the Mayfair Hotel in 1935. This led to the model being known as the "Lady Lyons Car".
The 1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster was introduced following the end of the Second World War. This stylish, high-performance vehicle got its named from its top speed of 120 miles per hour, which at the time set a world record for a production car. This led to it winning numerous races and it attracted celebrities from all over the world, which put Jaguar on the map as a luxury sports car maker. The XK120 features a 3.4 litre, six-cylinder front engine with rear-wheel drive.
The rich history, visual appeal, and rarity of the 1966 Jaguar XJ13 make it highly coveted amongst collectors. The vehicle was originally manufactured as a prototype racing car to challenge at Le Mans in the mid 1960s, and was called the Experimental Jaguar Number 13, hence its name the XJ13. However, due to changes in competition rules, the car never saw the racing track and only one of its type was ever produced, rendering the model obsolete. The 1966 Jaguar XJ13 has an aluminium body, which was designed by Malcolm Sayer, a highly respected aerodynamicist, and a 5.0 litre V12 engine mounted behind the driver.
The XJ13 was used later in a publicity video. However, during recording, a tyre blew on the MIRA track, leaving the XJ13 nearly destroyed. The car was rebuilt and retired to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust in the UK.
The Jaguar E-Type is admired by collectors for its beauty and speed. The vehicle descended from a line of Le Mans-winning racing cars, which helped to boost its popularity. However, due to the overwhelming number produced, more than 72,000 from 1961 to 1974, they are not included as part of the A-list of collectible European sports cars.
Some Jaguar E-Type models are more desirable than others, including the Series I made from 1961 to 1968, especially the roadsters, with the early 1961 to 1962 3.8 litre engines being of the highest value. These cars resemble Jaguar's original design most closely, including the covered headlights and an elliptical front grille opening that later became a Jaguar hallmark.
Although more refined, the Series II, built from 1968 to 1971, is not of the same superior value as its predecessors. This series was better designed with comfort in mind, and has features such as power steering, air conditioning, and reclining seats. Due to its emission controls, it is less powerful than a Series I car.
Series III brought with it the 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster. Weighing only slight more than earlier models, this car can reach a top speed of 140 miles per hour. With a 0 to 100 mile per hour time of 16 seconds, the V12 is the fastest accelerating Jaguar E-Type. The car features many mechanical changes, including ventilated front disc brakes, anti-dive front suspension, and power-assisted steering. However, the vehicle's interior resembles a traditional Jaguar.
The 1967 Jaguar XKE, once referred to as "the most beautiful car ever made" by renowned Italian sports car maker Enzo Ferrari, is not only coveted by collectors, but has also been displayed in New York's Museum of Modern Art.
The 1967 XKE was the first of the Jaguar series to feature an open headlight design. In addition, production of the vehicle was quite limited, only increasing its desirability amongst collectors. The vehicle offers two engine types: a 3.8 litre and a 4.2 litre. Both types are high performance, inline six-cylinder power plants and can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.
Several trim levels differentiated the 1967 Jaguar XKEs from each other. The fixed head coupe (FHC) comes as standard with a 3.8 litre engine. This model has leather upholstered bucket seats and an aluminium-trimmed centre instrument panel. Buyers can also choose a convertible 3.8 litre open two seater (OTS). Similar to the 3.8 litre OTS, the 4.2 litre OTS is also modelled as a convertible. However, this engine type is optionally equipped with chrome-spoked wheels and a detachable hard top.
Collectors can buy a Jaguar on eBay's online marketplace. For buyers that wish to pay a competitive price or want a specific model of Jaguar, eBay offers a large selection of cars. Buyers can search for these highly sought after vehicles by typing "classic Jaguar" into the search on eBay' s home page and a wide selection of cars for sale is displayed.
For a more limited search, buyers should consider including more precise search terms such as the Jaguar's model or year of make. Buyers can also choose to use eBay's advanced search feature. This feature is ideal for those that have a better idea about the type of Jaguar they are searching for. Buyers are free to narrow the results by the Jaguar's condition or location. Read the item description carefully to understand the specification for the Jaguar.
Buyers may choose to limit their search to Jaguars being sold close to home to make it easier to view and evaluate the car. To find local sellers, filter the listing page by item location. This allows buyers to limit the distance from a specific postcode. By using the "Sort" drop down feature, buyers can arrange listings by distance in order of the nearest location.
As the Jaguar is for a collection, ensuring that the car arrives in pristine condition is important. The delivery information may be listed under the item description. Buyers should always communicate clearly with sellers to see if they allow local collection. Use the "Ask a question" link to contact sellers directly. While some sellers may not be comfortable with this type of delivery option, others are willing to work with buyers to ensure a positive transaction and to help to reduce the cost of delivery.
There is a wide selection of Jaguar cars for collectors on eBay. These cars are admired for their historical background, elegant design, and high quality. Some models are maintained in an excellent condition for many years, and collector's cars tend to hold their market value despite their age. When searching for Jaguar models for collectors, buyers should consider the history of each car. Some models were produced in limited quantities, such as the 1966 Jaguar XJ13, while others, such as the 1937 SS Jaguar CDU700, were owned by renowned characters. Others, such as the 1967 Jaguar XKE, are simply valued for their beauty.
Buyers should also consider the car's features. Jaguars with the traditional body style, such as the Jaguar E-Type Series I model, and original parts are hard to find and highly sought after. With so many Jaguars for sale on eBay, collectors are certain to find a car that meets their requirements.