Buyers are increasingly favouring purity over practicality with Jaguar XKs. For a long time the greater legroom of the XK140 and the more cossetting roof arrangement of the drophead coupé have kept this model at the top of the XK value tree because buyers were seeking them out for usability; particularly with touring in mind.
But the old world order is changing, with the purer lines and more delicate detailing of the 120 – particularly its slim quarter bumpers, compared to the Armco-like arrangement on the 140 – attracting a premium. The XK120 roadster (pictured) now starts at £52k for a decent example and you can pay £78-£110k for the best. Drophead coupés are now £50k, £75k and £105k in equivalent condition. That’s a jump of 10 and 11 per cent respectively, a sign that these models are enjoying a surge in collectability. Buy now if you’ve always fancied one.
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