Four Great Jaguars at the 2017 Mecum Indy Auctions
We take a look at a few Jaguars of note on the auction block.
While the Mecum Auctions tend to lean heavily toward domestic cars, we found a handful of interesting Jaguars up for sale at the upcoming Mecum Indy auctions. Our highlighted lots include a couple of E-Types and two 1950s Jags, although you can find some Series III E-Types, XJs, and XK8s if that’s up your alley. Check out the full listings for the May 16 to 20 Mecum Indy auctions at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Here are four Jags to keep an eye on if you’re headed to Indy.
1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe
Jaguar’s XK120 set the sports car market alight in the United States. The XK120 sold so well stateside that Jaguar was ill-prepared for the volume, but it solidified the company’s reputation for years to come. At the center of the car’s performance was the dual-overhead cam, inline-six engine, which became the mainstay of Jaguar for decades. This Fixed Head coupe looks more like a driver than a concours-caliber Jag. While Mecum has issued no price estimate, expect this one to bring high five figures as XK120 collectability goes up.
Listing: Lot W42
1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II
Jaguar’s XKE, better known as the E-Type, remains one of the most attractive cars of all time. However, the earlier Series I carries the full weight of collector value while the later 4.2-liter Series II, hampered by some redesigned elements, is worth somewhat less. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a Series II, this surely represents the one you want. It carries a Heritage Certificate with it and comes in British Racing Green.
Listing: Lot W119
1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II
This Series II carries with it all the same advantages and disadvantages as the hardtop Series II above. However, this one comes as a “Drophead,” which is just a fancy word for convertible. The Mecum listing indicates it’s an older restoration, but it looks like a pretty solid driver for what should be mid-five figures.
Listing: Lot F135.1
1958 Jaguar Mk.I Saloon
In keeping with the trend, this four-door Jaguar won’t bring piles of money. However, it represents a good chance to own a classic British car with a fabled engine. This one comes with the larger 3.4-liter inline-six that made more than 200 horsepower. The power routes through a rare Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission, which should make this an extra-smooth Saloon car. Hagerty values peak at around $40,000 for these so if you want a Mk.I, now might be the time to buy one.
Listing: Lot T78.1