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Barn find Jaguar E-Type – ‘delightful sleeping beauty, perfect for restoration’

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July 10, 2018
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A delightful Jaguar E-Type coupe is set to put a smile on someone’s face at auction after being left to gather dust in a Scottish barn for 35 years.

One of just 1,179 right hand drive E-Type cars built, it was supplied to Mr J G Clark in the year of its manufacture, 1962.

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Jaguar E-Type ‘original in every way’

Described as a “delightful sleeping beauty”, this classic car is original in every way, including the 3.8-litre Jaguar XK engine.

As the vendor explains: “The car was purchased by a friend, an avid car collector in the late seventies or very early eighties.

“It was run for a while and then parked in a barn and forgotten about.

“It still sports it’s original headlights and everything under the bonnet is complete and correct.”

Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation.

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Performance, style and relative affordability

With its supercar performance, breathtaking styling and relatively low price, it left rivals reeling and customers clamouring.

The E-Type reputation was enhanced by racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori, among others.

Built as a monocoque with a front subframe to cradle the engine, the combination of all-round independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent roadholding and handling capabilities. The E-type could sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and topped at 150mph.

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Jaguar E-Type: ‘achingly beautiful, viciously quick’

According to sale notes it is “achingly beautiful yet viciously quick”, for many “the E-type remains the ultimate production Jaguar”.

This dusty specimen, with only 66,551 on the clock, would be “the perfect restoration project”, at a bargain price. (You could get a car insurance quote at a bargain price too while the restoration is in progress.) The presale estimate is £30,000 to £40,000 and there is no reserve.

It is being offered with a Jaguar heritage certificate and the V5C registration document.

The car is being sold at auction by H&H Classics at Buxton in Derbyshire on Wednesday, July 18.

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Barn find Jaguar E-Type will excite car lovers

Roger Nowell from H&H said: “The joy of this job is that now and then you stumble across a car that you know is going to excite other car lovers as much as it excites you.

“This E-type is such an iconic symbol of its time and our motoring history. It was utterly revolutionary in its day and had a massive influence on the automotive industry.”

You can see the full catalogue for the H&H sale here.

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