2006 R53 Hyper Blue/White Cooper S
Yeah.....I'm on the fence with JCW resale values.....I cant see that these cars sell all that well or all that quickly because people think they are really special and try to command a big premium for them. At the end of the day they arent a limited run special like the GP.The JCW bit falls into the aesthetics/resale area more than the performance I think.
I might this tomcat on the S and see if that changes things. Then with the Sparco seats in, I might just love it enough to stop....maybe🤔
I think there will come a day where largely standard/unmolested S's and JCW's will become more sought after and prices rise accordingly but as much as I'm not against modding I think heavily modified cars (both cosmetically and mechanically) wont see the same levels of desirability or residual increases. People are fickle at that point and strive for originality.....certainly not to belittle some of the amazing modded R53's people have produced (I'm in awe and somewhat jealous of most of them) but its just how it is when cars gain that kind of status.
Is one of the reasons I've decided not to do too much to mine...I'd love to but I figure in time to come it might hinder rather than help me if I ever come to sell.....I certainly know when I bought mine on of the big draws to it was that it was completely standard and unmolested.....not entirely the case now but everything that has been done is minor and could be easily reversed.
I think a decent spec S with the aero kit would make a better case for itself financially as a swap out.