The Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand belonging to Jaguar Land Rover. This British-based multinational car manufacturer has produced some of the most impressive Jaguar models ever sold. Ten of the most expensive Jag models boast more than just a hefty price tag. Some of them have a bit of history to justify the reason why they went for the amount of money they did.
Owners of a Jaguar don’t just have a luxury vehicle on their hands. They have a piece of history belonging to a legacy that dates as far back as 1922. It was originally founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company that first got into the business of making motorcycle sidecars before shifting focus to manufacturing passenger automobiles. In 2013, Jaguar merged with Land Rover after previously merging with the British Motor Corporation in 1966.
Jaguar has been manufacturing automobiles for British politicians, as well as members of the British monarchy. The company actually holds royal warrants from Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles. Some of the most historic Jaguar models included the Mark IVs, which featured a 1.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that was designed by the company’s in-house production crew. However, these were pre WWII models before the Mark V became available in 1948 as either a 2.5-liter or 3.5-liter engine design. The sportier appearance of the 1948 lineup started to give Jaguar a distinct individuality that paved the way for this brand to command the respect of luxury car enthusiasts.
10. 1993 Jaguar XJ220 ($630,000 USD)
According to LuxuyES, the super rare 1996 Jaguar XJ220 was sold at an auction for $630,000.00 USD. However, there were only 275 of these cars produced from its 1992 debut until 1994. To date, it was the most expensive XJ220 model ever sold.
9. 1956 Jaguar D -Type Shortnose ($3.1 Million USD)
The auction site known as Bonhams featured a story about a 1956 Jaguar D-Type Shortnose model and how this model won three out of the five Le Mans twenty-four-hour races. However, the Ecurie Ecosse team campaigned six D-Type cars between 1955 and 1957. This particular model with the chassis model number XKD 561 sold for £ 2,577,500 (US$ 3,120,934) in December 2013.
8. 1952 Jaguar C-Type ($3.5 Million USD)
For $3.5 million USD, a 1952 Jaguar C-Type two-seater Sportster was sold at an auction held by Bonhams. However, at the time, the C-Type racing car defined the meaning of an exquisite roadster that performed so impressively at championship races such as the Le Mans twenty-four-hour run.
7. 1955 Jaguar D-Type ($5.67 Million USD)
Via RM Sotheby’s Auctions, for $5.67 million USD, the successful bidder took home a 1955 Jaguar D-Type roadster on February 5, 2014. The specific model number that was on display was XKD 520. However, aside from the auction being held in Paris, France, there hasn’t been much information to go on other than the price tag and the auctioneer responsible for the sale. It’s listed as among the most expensive Jaguar models ever sold according to the list provided by Wikipedia. However, the list didn’t include all of the most expensive Jaguar models ever sold as there are some cars that haven’t been listed yet.
6. 1960 Jaguar E2A ($6.2 Million USD)
Bonham Auctions is known for auctioneering some of the most expensive cars on record. However, the 1960 Jaguar E2A was a vehicle that sold for $6.2 million USD during an auction event that was held on August 15, 2008, in Carmel, California, USA.
5. 1963 Jaguar E-Type ($7.37 Million USD)
In 2017, the 1963 Jaguar E-Type was auctioned off for $7.37 million USD. Via Bonhams Auction, this particular model was sold at the Scottsdale Auction as the most expensive E-Type Jaguar so far. However, this is a lightweight competition model that is the same is the 1963 Australian GT Championship winner. This particular E-Type weighs about 250 pounds less than the standard models. This is thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, as well as other key features. Both stylish and built to race, the E-Type earned its place with the C-Type and D-Type models as a motor enthusiast’s icon.
4. 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight ($8.8 Million USD)
On August 18, 2017, a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight model was auctioned off for $8.8 million USD at the Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club in California, USA. The competition class vehicle was the successor to the iconic D-Type series that became a legend in its own right. However, he sale is from Bonhams at $8 million USD, plus fees, as model number S850664.
3. 1966 Jaguar XJ13 – ($15 Million USD)
According to Success Story, this Jaguar XJ13 was a prototype racing car that was launched by Jaguar. It is a one-of-a-kind model from 1966. However, the XJ13 has a mid-engine format with a five-liter V-12 engine that sits behind the driver. In 3.4 seconds, this car can reach sixty miles per hour.
2. 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight ($15.1 Million USD)
The 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight was sold for $15.1 million USD at an auction held by R.M. Sotheby’s. The purchase date was August 14, 2015, and the auction’s location was in Monterey, California, USA. The iconic blue with the number nineteen featured on it represented the legendary roadster that wowed the crowd after winning the twenty-four-hour Le Mans twice for Coventry. However, the Jaguar C-Types dominated the racing event during the 1950s ever since the famed XK120 roadster took the world by storm in 1948 with its revolutionary dual overhead cam engine.
1. 1954 Jaguar D-Type ($21.78 Million USD)
It was a 1954 Jaguar D-Type that won the twenty-four-hour 1956 Le Mans race that made it become the apple of an auction buyer’s eye as they forked out $21.78 million USD just to call a version of this beautiful model their own. It is the Jaguar D-Type automobile that pioneers the monocoque chassis design that’s in most automobile manufacturers today. According to Auto Evolution, the auction was held in Monterey, California, USA, and was arranged by RM Sotheby’s. However, the one that sold for $19.8 million USD, plus fees, was model number XKD 501 and first belonged to Ecurie Ecosse.