I was perusing Autotrader the other day when the thought hit me: “I wonder how much Jaguar F-Type models have depreciated.” It’s a fair question, as the F-Type has been out for five years at this point — and since it’s a British car, I figured it probably has dropped in price like a sinking stone. Turns out, I was right.
Jaguar F-Type models can easily be found for under $30,000 throughout the country, with reasonable miles to boot. For example, here’s one for $26,000 on the nose with fewer than 29,000 miles on the clock. To put it into perspective, that is a rear-wheel drive (RWD) sports car with a supercharged V6 for about as much as a lightly optioned Mazda Miata. It’s a really great deal, and I was ready to proclaim it the best value in performance around.
But then I noticed something interesting. All of these reasonably priced Jags had something in common: They were all equipped with an automatic transmission. If you sort for only manual F-Type models, you’ll find that you’re going to pay almost $10,000 more for a similarly equipped model.
Of course, part of the reason for this is that they didn’t put a manual in the F-Type until 2016, so the cars are on average a couple years newer. But it’s not just that: The market is still demanding a premium for manual models. To illustrate, let’s compare two 2016 F-Type Coupes. The first is an automatic with 25,483 miles on the odometer, and it’s priced at $34,170. The second example is equipped with a manual, and while its price is virtually the same as the automatic at $34,800, it has almost 44,000 miles on the odometer. This trend continues throughout the market, as manual models with lower mileage trend closer to $40,000 than $30,000.
This has some interesting implications. The death of the manual transmission may be completely justified in most cars, but this shows that certain niche sports cars will have a market for the manual transmission. In fact, the inclusion of a manual transmission is even seen as more desirable for some models than the automatic version. I hope automakers are paying attention to this, so we can continue to row our own in the cars that need it most. Find a Jaguar F-Type for sale
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