For this modern Jaguar, rarity didn’t translate to added value

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A European marque famous for its racing prowess launches a celebratory, limited-edition run of its flagship sports car. Journalists wax on about the car’s personality. Destined to be instant collector’s items, the cars sell out immediately. Eight years on, amidst a strong collector-car market in which other factory specials from the era sell at a premium, this car is now . . . less valuable than when it debuted?

That’s the current state of affairs for the Jaguar F-Type Project 7, as witnessed by this example, which just sold on Collecting Cars for £105,000 (about $131,000) before fees.

The Project 7’s story begins with a bit of history. In the early postwar era, before Ford and Porsche left their own indelible marks on Le Mans, Jaguar built its reputation at the storied 24-hour race. Five overall wins in the 1950s for the Coventry brand yielded a performance identity that carried on for decades. Victories in 1988 and 1990 with the ferocious, purple Silk Cut–liveried XJR-9 LM and XJR-12 LM carried that performance torch into a new era.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 rear three quarter
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Come 2013, however, Jaguar’s identity as a performance luxury brand was no longer as clear as it once was, though the introduction of the F-Type certainly helped. In an effort to remind buyers of its rich past and to celebrate those seven wins at Le Mans, the F-Type Project 7 concept debuted at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Blending new F-Type charisma with old D-Type styling cues, the Project 7’s debut went off about as you’d expect. Would-be buyers lined up immediately, and what was initially just a marketing exercise turned into a limited run of 250 cars.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 rear end
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Period reviews lauded the Project 7 for its amplified F-Type character and 575-hp V-8 (a 25-horse increase over the base V-8) while at the same time highlighting that it could be a bit of a handful to drive quickly. Alongside the added power, tweaks to the springs, dampers, and sway bars enhanced the car’s capabilities. The Project 7 lost nearly 190 pounds from the standard V-8-powered convertible, thanks in part to a skimpy manual roof that is more for passing showers than for closed-top road-tripping. A 4.5-inch shorter windscreen, a fairing behind the driver, and number roundels on the doors helped associate the Project 7 with Jaguar’s history.

With bountiful personality and low production numbers, not to mention a still-strong collector market, the decline in the Project 7’s value may come as a surprise. Changing hands at nearly $131,000 before fees, this clean 2015 example is well-appointed, has been regularly serviced, and appears to be in good condition, though at 3387 miles it has been driven more than most others we’ve seen come to auction. Given that pricing for these cars began at $165,995 when new, this sale represents a significant discount.

Jaguar F-Type limited edition interior
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It’s not alone, either: In the last two years, four of the six Project 7s sold on Bring a Trailer have transacted for under their original sticker prices, with others in European auctions befalling similar outcomes.

Contrast that with another low-windshield, limited edition inspired by the past: the 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster. 356 were made, and when new each had a starting price of $204,950. Now, these Speedsters boast a #2 condition value of $379,000 and consistently fetch well north of their original sticker.

What gives? Is the Project 7’s heritage play to the middle of the last century a bit too much of a reach for today’s buyers? It’s possible, but past trajectories of other cars offer market-based clues to the Project 7’s valuation behavior.

The market may still be deciding how to contextualize the Project 7 and what it means relative to other collector Jags and limited-edition models. This dynamic isn’t unique to Jaguar: Ferrari’s 550 Barchetta Pininfarina has seen more value upside than the Project 7, but the market hasn’t yet figured out where the topless special fits in the Ferrari pantheon, as witnessed by its significant price fluctuation.

It may also simply be a matter of time and perspective. The BMW 507’s trek to blue-chip status shows that rare cars occasionally take time to be recognized, and though the Project 7’s future may not be that lofty, brighter days could be ahead. Jaguar has announced that the F-Type will be discontinued after 2024, leaving the marque without a sports car. With an increasingly electrified and SUV-filled lineup, enthusiasts may well look back at the F-Type and its performance iterations, particularly the Project 7, as the characterful swan song of Jaguar’s performance past. Until then, in the realm of limited-run modern sports cars, Project 7s remain comparatively affordable.

Jaguar F-Type limited edition front
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    I wager that the pure lack of marketing had much to do with this one.

    I usually keep up on all these cars and I really don’t recall this one being offered. Also Jag is not well known for their special cars. They have done some special cars like the XJ 220 and a few others but they just never checked all the boxes for high dollar collectable.

    XJ220 was a marvel but just a V6 TT? It should have had a V12. It also should have been legal in the states. Then when they did do a V12 super car it just never had the styling of the XJ 220.

    I think if they had better marketed this car with the original it may have done better. Not sure what the cost was but what else was offered at the same time that was more appealing too.

    Ferrari just says they plan a special car people line up sight un seen. But that is not how it works for everyone anymore. Jag was England what McLaren is now. If they want to be special they will have to work harder now.

    It’s a not that special and less practical version of the F-Type. I’d rather have a regular edition with the V8.

    Curt nails it. Sometimes, after the thrill of the latest iteration wears off, buyers are left with a busily styled homage on relatively common modern platform with the usual too small modern steering wheel. And the party’s over.

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