Some of the rarest classic Jaguars boasting historical significance are to be sold on the open market for the first time. Up for grabs through Pendine Historic cars, the assembly currently belongs to a prominent collector of sporting Jaguars – Dr Christian Jenny – and consists of twelve vehicles; including the first ever SS prototype, the first ever publically-seen E-type, and not to mention the famous ‘lost C-type’.
Each car from the collection – currently located in Switzerland – is offered for sale individually, providing aficionados and collectors with a unique opportunity to acquire significant pieces of Jaguar heritage. Each car is presented in concours condition, having been restored by the finest marque specialists.
“This is without a doubt one of the most impressive and important collections of Jaguars in the world,” comments James Mitchell, founder of Pendine Historic Cars.
“Each car in the collection represents a key milestone through the marque’s early history. Not only have some of these incredible cars played important roles in automotive cultural history, but they are also among the best examples in the world.”
The pinnacle of Dr Jenny’s lifetime as an automotive devotee, Christian has been dedicated to building a collection of Jaguars after falling in love with the marque during the 1970s.
His collection has remained significant enough to inspire the hardback publication ‘The Jaguar Sport Car Collection; A Personal Endeavour’. The book tells the story of each individual car and was published back in 2014.
Perhaps the most significant car in Jaguar’s illustrious history, our pick of Pendine’s exclusive bunch remains the 1935 Jaguar S.S. 90 Prototype – history’s very first ever Jaguar sports car. It would launch Sir William Lyons’ über-successful motor sport campaign and represents the marque’s genesis point.
A further historically significant car also forms part of the collection. Perhaps the most universally accepted classic car of them all, a 1961 Jaguar E-type resides alongside a further two XKEs – except this example lays claim as the most important example of them all.
Dr. Jenny’s 1961 E-type was the first one ever seen in public, unveiled to the press and VIP guests at the Geneva Motor Show. As one of the very first hand built, pre-production prototype examples of Lyons’ most revered model, this car is considered the most important non-competition Jaguar in the world.
Perhaps the most mysterious vehicle from the collection is Christian’s 1952 Jaguar C-type, also known as the ‘lost C-type’. Unaccounted for between the late 1960s and 1997, this vehicle was the only example missing from a production run of 53 C-types. Expect this one to fetch serious cash…
Other cars from the ‘Jaguar Sports Car Collection’ include the first ever production 1935 S.S. 90to leave the factory, a1937 S.S. 1002.2 litre,1938S.S. 100 3.5 litre,1950 XK120 Alloy,1950 XK120 Roadster,1955 XK140 Roadster,1960 XK150 3.8S Roadster, 1961 E-Type and a 1972 V12 Roadster.
Interested parties can contact Pendine cars, located within the grounds of Bicester Heritage, here.
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