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Jim Taylor Collection to be offered by Broad Arrow this October

Jim Taylor Collection to be offered by Broad Arrow this October 22nd April 2022

Over 120 classic cars from East Coast collector Jim Taylor will be sold by Broad Arrow Auctions in a two-day bonanza from 14-15 October 2022. With one significant exception – the ex-John Coundley Jaguar D-type XKD 515 – the entire catalogue is offered at No Reserve.

It’s the first really big news from the line-up of mostly former RM Sotheby’s staff led by Ken Ahn, and follows the announcement that Broad Arrow will conduct an 80+ car sale on Thursday, 18 August at the Monterey Jet Center. 

Jaguar is a feature marque of the Jim Taylor Collection, providing more than 20 different models, mostly XKs from the 1950s. The headlining blue D-type (pictured,top) was first delivered to Col Ronnie Hoare, later to found the British Ferrari importer Maranello Concessionaires, who used it on the road. It was subsequently raced nationally by significant British privateer John Coundley, before passing to well-known (and wealthy) Jaguar enthusiast Nigel Moores. Further blue-chip owners in Japan, the Netherlands and the US followed before Taylor bought it in 2005. As a short-nose customer car in ‘Special Blue’ with blue interior, it should attract a lot of attention. 

History and originality are all with D-types; on the face of it, this one looks pretty good. As with every other car in the Jim Taylor collection, no estimate has been released.

Other entries include a red 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL with black hardtop listed as ‘matching numbers’, several ex-Pebble cars such as the ‘barn find’ 1937 Horch and restored 1954 Cunningham C-3, and two Shelby Cobras. The white 289 is described as a ‘time warp’, while the Guardsman Blue 427 boasts three owners from new, is fully restored and “set up for long distance touring”.

The auction will be conducted in Gloversville, NY, Jim Taylor’s home city where he kept the cars on display in his own museum not generally open to the public. No news, yet, on who will conduct this, or Broad Arrow’s other auctions. 

Photos by Broad Arrow