If you’re a Jaguar fan, you might want to jump to it – because a dozen classic models from one of the most important private collections devoted to the marque that’s famous for its “leaping cat” mascot are currently up for grabs. The 12 cars, which include XK120, 140 and 150 models, a C-Type and a brace of E-Types, belong to Swiss computer scientist Dr Christian Jenny, a lifelong Jaguar enthusiast who was instrumental in the establishment of Silicon Valley.
Dr Jenny is selling the collection through Pendine Historic Cars, a specialist in post-war to 1970s British makes based at the Bicester Heritage classic-car complex in Oxfordshire. The firm’s founder, James Mitchell, has estimated the value of all 12 cars to be around €10m, although they are offered for sale on an individual basis.
Acquired during a period of more than 40 years, this particular “prowl” of Jaguars is so noteworthy that it prompted the publication of Jenny’s book entitled The Jaguar Sports Car Collection; A Personal Endeavour, which tells the story of each car in detail. Particular highlights include a €5m-plus 1952 C-Type competition car that was the only one of the 53 examples built to go unaccounted for during a 30-year period between the late-1960s and 1997; the 1961 Geneva Motor Show E-Type – a pre-production prototype that was the first example of the model to be seen in public – and a prototype SS 90 that was the very first Jaguar sports car made. Each car is offered in immaculate, ready-to-use condition having been meticulously restored and kept in a dedicated subterranean garage outside Zurich.
Dr Jenny, who is aged in his 80s, says he is relinquishing the 12 in order to make the cars available to younger enthusiasts – although, having never been without a Jaguar since he began collecting them in 1978, he will retain other examples and continue to drive the F-Type he bought directly off the stand at a recent Geneva Motor Show.