An early 1960s model Jaguar E-Type left hidden in a North Devon barn for 30 years, and hasn’t been started up in more than 15 years.
Famously launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type created a furore. Its combination of supercar performance, superb styling and a low price tag left rivals reeling and customers clamouring.
One of just 1,799 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupes made to right-hand drive specification, this particular example – was completed on 23rd August 1962.
However despite extensive rust damage and its desperate need of a complete restoration, experts predict it will sale for a hefty sum. Containing almost entirely original parts, this rare Jaguar could be worth a small fortune if restored to its former glory.
At the time of production, the car’s 3.8L, 265bhp and 260lbft of torque engine gave it a top speed of 150mph, and acceleration capable of launching it from 0-60mph in under seven seconds.
Having had just two owner’s in its 55 years of life, the E-Type has travelled just 63,000 miles, with virtually none of those being clocked in the last two decades.
Kept by its first owner for 14 years, it was bought by a Bristol University student in 1976 – who worked his socks off as a navvy on the new M5 to get the cash – he brought the E-Type up to scratch with a mechanical overhaul and spent several years driving ‘The most beautiful car in the world’.
But he stuck it in a barn in the mid-80s as life’s demands meant playing with an old E-Type was consigned to a box in his head marked ‘putting away childish things’, and there its stayed.