Jaguar Classic Cars

Heavily Damaged 1963 Jaguar XKE Sold for $7,601

Heavily Damaged 1963 Jaguar XKE Sold for $7,601

If you are interested in acquiring an early Jaguar E-Type Coupe and you do a quick internet search, you will notice that you have to prepare a big check. Depending on its condition, an E-Type could cost you anywhere between $20k and $100k with the former being a very low estimate.

Now that you know that, you can imagine that it’s nearly impossible to find a model for under $10k. One lucky guy however, managed to buy such a model for just $7,601. Well, lucky on one hand, but when you will take a look at the car he bought you will start wonder if this was indeed the best acquisition?

The car you see here is a 1963 Jaguar XKE roadster that has been rolled at some point on the hills around Santa Fe New Mexico and has sat in a parking lot since 1974. According to the current owner, the engine number matches the body tag, so that in itself makes the car worth nearly $170K, per NADA. Still, will it really worth investing in this car and put it through a full restoration process? Only time will tell… Either way, under $8K is a steal and it is now the ball is in its new owner’s court.

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World's biggest James Bond auto collection scheduled for 2012 exhibit

World’s biggest James Bond auto collection scheduled for 2012 exhibit

James Bond may be a fictional character to all of us, but the dashing debonair / awesome secret agent is still an inspiration to all of us. Who wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? He’s got a killer job, he scores the hottest women, and best of all - at least in our case - he drives the fanciest cars.

That last part is such an integral part of the Bond legend that an exhibition is actually being planned to showcase the largest collection of James Bond vehicle to ever be displayed. The whole event is being prepared through the collaborative efforts of the UK’s National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and EON Productions, which is doing the groundwork for the event in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s Bond franchise.

Around 50 cars are expected to be included in the exhibit highlighted by the 2008 Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye, and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce from Goldfinger.

The exhibit will be held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, United Kingdom and will run the entire length of the 2012 calendar year.

“Following the success of the first Bond cars exhibition staged at Beaulieu in 2001, we are delighted to be working with EON again on this new display, bringing together the world’s largest collection of Bond vehicles, Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn said.

The exhibit won’t open for another few months, but it’s safe to say that we’ll be dropping by to check it out if we find ourselves in the area next year.

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2011 Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

2011 Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

Two years ago, British manufacturer Eagle introduced the world to their rendition of the Jaguar E-type with the E-Type Speedster at the Salon Prive. The car was light, fast, and it gave the driver hassle-free driving when compared to the E-Types of yesteryear. Now the company has reworked their modern day classic with an even lighter version called the Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster, scheduled to make its debut at the Salon Prive at Syon House in west London on June 22-24, 2011

Eagle is well-known for their dedication to the development of Jaguar’s E-Types and have been restoring and selling them since 1982. Their passion for the E-Type is what lead them to create a model that throws back to the design of Jaguar’s Lightweight E-Type race cars built in 1963, but with a modern twist and a more powerful engine.

The Eagle Lightweight Speedster only weighs 2,200 lbs and that weight is powered by a 4.7 liter, aluminum in line 6 cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 310 HP with a peak torque of 340 lb-ft.

UPDATE 07/09/12: The folks over at Eagle Speedster have released a fresh batch of high-res photos of the gorgeous sports car, which you can check out in the gallery!

Hit the jump to read more about the Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster.

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1952 Jaguar C-Type expected to be sold for $3.7 million at auction

1952 Jaguar C-Type expected to be sold for $3.7 million at auction

London is already going to be seeing a beautiful Pagani Zonda R at this year’s Automobiles of London event held by RM Auctions on October 27th, but one rare vehicle isn’t enough for the auction house. In fact, the very rare 1952 Jaguar C-Type is expected to fetch even more than the Pagani; theJaguar is expected to bring in $3.7 million. Predicting such a high return on this classic may sound a little ridiculous to some, but this vehicle has an incredible history. This 1952 Jaguar was driven by Masten Gregory, who came out victorious at the Golden Gate Nationals.

Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe, said: "Specifically designed to win the Le Mans 24 hour race, the legendary C-Type Jaguar is one of the most desirable sports racing cars ever built."

The C-Type features a 210 bhp, 3,442 cc double overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine with two SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual transmission. It has an independent front suspension with upper and lower wishbones, torsion bars and hydraulic dampers, live rear axle with trailing arms, a ‘double-action’ torsion bar, and a torque reaction member. The final features are the hydraulic dampers and four-wheel Lockhead hydraulic drum brakes.

Stay tuned for more details surrounding the star-packed event in London on October 27th!

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Man trying to unload 12 Jaguar XKEs all at once

Man trying to unload 12 Jaguar XKEs all at once

You understand the concept of wholesale shopping, right?

If you don’t, it’s pretty much buying a product in bulk as opposed to buying it one piece at a time. What this usually does is it lessens the value of each individual item because you’re buying so many of them at once. Sounds simple enough, yes?

Well, we happened to come across an eBay page of someone who just may have taken the idea of wholesale shopping to a new level. What he’s selling is a twelve car collection of Jaguar XKEs whose models range from 1961-1974. The only thing is, he’s selling them as a lot of twelve – meaning, you either buy all of them, or you don’t buy anything at all.

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Gooding & Company puts a Jaguar D Type race car up for auction

Gooding & Company puts a Jaguar D Type race car up for auction

As classic an automobile that the Jaguar E Type was in the 1960s and 70s, it never could have come about without the factory built D Type race cars of the 1950s. If you missed out on the opportunity to own and experience this classic vertical finned racer with its pronounced round fenders well this might just be what you have been waiting for. That is because the auction house Gooding & Company is putting a classic 1956 Jaguar D Type up for auction on January 23rd, 2010. Besides the English automotive icon, Gooding will also auction off a rare Pininfarina 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, a beautifully appointed 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta, Hollywood’s 1934 Hispano-Suiza J-12 T68 Cabriolet as well as a top performing 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750.

The 1956 Jaguar D Type is powered by a 3.8 Liter straight six cylinder power plant that is capable of producing an estimated 300 HP, quite a feat for the 1950s. The quite large inline engine is mated to a four speed manual transmission because that is what they had back then. The car begun its racing career in 1956 competing in California and enjoyed continued success at tracks such as Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, Riverside, Paramount Ranch and Pomona. Making the D Type even more of a collector’s item is that over the car’s entire production run, only 87 units were ever made, and after a bit of wheel banging action there are most certainly less than that left in the world.

Press release after the jump.

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Eagle E-type speedster

Eagle E-type speedster

Classic sports cars can be tremendous fun to drive, but hell to own. To begin with storage, insurance and maintenance could bankrupt the average person and the old cars don’t drive as well as a modern day vehicle. The engines take a while to come up to operating temperature, the old leaf spring based suspension takes a beating every time you venture onto a less than perfect streets. The car’s just aren’t as reliable as a 21st century automobile, one Jaguar E-Type has statd that he has to leave his car idling in the parking lot when he goes in to get his morning coffee, if he shuts it off, because of the fumes in the carburetors there’s no telling as to when it may start back up again.

Well not every classic English sports car experience has to be that troublesome. The U.K. based craftsman at Eagle have created this modern day feline based on a 1966 Jaguar E-type. The car is the proof that classic cars can be cool, fast and worry free when the new E-Type made its world debut at the Salon Privé prestige motor show in London.

The Eagle E-Type features an aluminum bodyshell, stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes and modern low profile radial tires. Under the hood the car features a 4.7 Liter straight six engine that delivers 300 HP and 340 lb-ft of torque, a 50% power increase over the standard E-type engine from the 1960’s. Weighing in at only 1100 kg, the modern day E-Type will sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 175 MPH.

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The last Jaguar E-type arrives 31 years later

The last Jaguar E-type arrives 31 years later

The E-Type was the defining car for Jaguar. The sexy sports car kept Jaguar on the kid’s bedroom walls for fourteen years. But when production ended in 1975, that wasn’t the last chapter in the story. There were still spare parts at the Jaguar factory in England. They were sold off to a man who had plans for the spares. Unfortunately time caught up with the man, and the parts remained in storage.

In steps Ray Parrot, a self-taught restorer and Jaguar fanatic. He bought the remaining parts, which included a new roadster body, new drivetrain and even original tires. By Parrot’s tally, he had 95 percent of the parts needed to build a Series III E-Type that was brand new and usually still in its original wrapping.

Unlike a restoration job, Parrot had very little trouble installing parts because they were straight from the assembly line. The final car was a black roadster with tan interior. Much of this was dictated by the color already on the original parts.

Before Parrot stated his build of his new from 1975 E-Type, he was in contact with Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (the British agency in charge of vehicles) to make sure that his car would be given a period registration number and chassis number to insure this would be a true 1975 car. So once he gets the official registration, Parrot will be responsible for raising the production number of the E-Typer from 72,529 to an even 72,530.

The car was completed in 2005, truly making it the last Jaguar E-Type.

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Prototype Jaguar sells for $5 million

Prototype Jaguar sells for $5 million

The “missing link” Jaguar fetches $5 million at at Bonhams & Butterfields’ Quail Lodge Sale in California last week. This car sets a new record for Jaguar prices, but falls short of the ultra-exclusive Bugatti Type 57C Atalante that sold for $7.92 over the weekend a few miles up the road in Pebble Beach.

This Jag is the 1960 E2A prototype racer that bridged the gap between the champion D-Type and legendary E-Type. Renowned race drivers Dan Gurney and Walt Hansgen turned the wheel of this car at the 1960 Le Mans. It was raced under Briggs Cunningham’s race team, and the car still carries the team’s white with blue stripes colors today. Unfortunately the car never finished the race when the head gasket failed. The one-of-a-kind racer did go on to victory in the 1960 race in Bridgehampton, New York.

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Jaguar XK Turns 60

Jaguar XK Turns 60

This year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Jaguar will celebrate XK’s 60th anniversary. At the event Jaguar will bring the XKR-S, two XK 120’s, the historic ’NUB’ and ’LWK’ and an XK 140. Another special model will be the long-nose Jaguar D-type, famous for winning Le Mans in 1957.

Jaguar’s fastest ever production XK – the XKR-S – will grace the Goodwood hill in the supercar run throughout the weekend. This limited edition vehicle is powered by Jaguar’s acclaimed 4.2-litre V8 supercharged engine and is capable of 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. The XKR-S is for the true Jaguar enthusiast, delivering a combination of high speed performance, dynamic excellence and crafted luxury that is unique to Jaguar.

The record-breaking XK 120 ’Montlhéry’ Fixed Head Coupe is one of the three 1950s XK’s to take part in the ’Classic Endurance Cars’ hill climb. This car is famous for its part in the ’Seven Days and Seven Nights’ event where it was driven by Stirling Moss, Bert Hadley, Jack Fairman and Leslie Johnson. It averaged 100.31mph (161.43km/h) for seven days and nights covering 16,851 miles.

The fixed head coupe will be joined by ’NUB 120’, the XK 120 that is recognised for establishing Jaguar’s motor sport credentials. ’NUB 120’ was privately owned and campaigned by Ian Appleyard and his wife Patricia, Sir William Lyons’ daughter, who acted as navigator.

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The most Beautiful Cars in the world

The most Beautiful Cars in the world

Here is what people consider to be the most beautiful car in the world. Some of them we agree, some we don’t. But the point is that they are master pieces in the automotive industry.
Among the highlights are the astonishingly gorgeous 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, arguably the most impressive car in the collection, and the Art Nouveau, somewhat predatory, 1930 Mercedes-Benz "Count Trossi" SSK, with its distinctive aerodynamic pontoon fenders, long and low bonnet and (...)

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1954 - 1957 Jaguar XKD

1954 - 1957 Jaguar XKD

The Jaguar D-Type sports cars were produced from 1954 through 1957. These factory-built race cars were similar to the C-Type, but given more powerful engines, improved chassis, and aerodynamic bodies.

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