Jaguar XJ220s top Silverstone Auctions

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This 1997 Jaguar XJ220 with left-hand drive is headed for the European continent after the sale | Silverstone Auctions photos

Jaguar’s 1990s supercar, the XJ220, so named because of its anticipated top speed of 220 mph, topped the sales chart at Silverstone Auctions’ recent collector car sales in England. 

At Silverstone’s sale in conjunction with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, a 1995 XJ220 with right-hand drive, sold for £337,500 ($429,500) to a British bidder while another, this one at 1997 model with left-hand drive, brought £303,750 ($386,550) and is headed to the European continent. 

1995 XJ220 with right-hand drive will remain in the UK

Prices reported include buyer’s fee.

Silverstone staged a pair of sales at Heythrop Park, one focused on British marques. Overall, the auctions posted £2.1 million ($2.67 million) with a 51 percent sell-through rate.

Among the highlights was the sale of the specially modified Mini owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay for £22,500 ($28,635). A 1935 Bentley 7.4-liter V12 Special brought £106,875 ($136,000), a 1965 Jaguar E-type in original paint sold for £56,625 ($72,060) and a 1962 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 driven only 8,725 miles since new went for £69,750 ($88,765).

1962 Jaguar Mk2 has been driven less than 9,000 miles since new

“It was the first time that we staged a sale at Heythrop Park and the glorious setting matched the quality of the cars we had on offer,” said auction manager Arwel Richards.

“The two XJ220s we sold showed that the market still appreciates rare and low mileage cars, with the 8,000-mile Jaguar MkII 3.8 smashing its estimate is another example.

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“As one of the few auction houses that offers immediate ‘buy it now’ prices for cars that don’t sell under the hammer, the sales team worked throughout Saturday evening and Sunday and sold a number of cars in post-sale deals. In a market that is challenging, but showing signs of growth, we have adapted and implemented strategies to ensure we still provide the best service to vendors and buyers.”

Silverstone Auctions next sale is scheduled for July 27-28.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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