A 1962 Jaguar E-Type abandoned in a barn for 20 years - and in a condition far worse than you might expect from a “barn-find” classic car - is estimated to fetch between £38,000 and £44,000 when it is sold at auction at the start of April.
According to the auction house, despite being in a severely delapidated condition the early Series 1 Fixed Head Coupé (FHC) is complete and makes a potentially worthwhile restoration project.
Chassis 282, a right-hand drive car with a manual gearbox, has had only two registered owners from new. Supporting paperwork confirms that the first owner bought the E-Type on April 4, 1962, when it was finished in dark blue with a black interior, and kept it for 35 years.
It was bought by a West Midlands-based Jaguar enthusiast on November 1, 1997 and was placed into storage awaiting remedial work. The work was never carried out and the car has lain untouched for the intervening 20 years.
Classic Car Auctions (CCA), which is selling the car, says that despite the ravages of time it’s complete apart from some glass and the radiator, and features the now rare braking system fitted to early Series 1 E-Types.
At some point it had been resprayed white, although the original blue is showing through in places. It has also had its bonnet replaced - although finished in white, the bonnet with the car was originally red.
Harry Whale, a consigner at Classic Car Auctions, said: “These very early E-Types are now highly collectible and this example will be a serious project, but one that could be very worthwhile.
“Last year the E-Type Series 1 experienced very significant growth on the classic car market and we expect buyers to be queuing up for the chance to own an example just like this, ready to give it the TLC it deserves.”
Included with the car are several parts which were removed and retained for the restoration process, as well as a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and current V5 registration document.
The “barn-find” 1962 Jaguar E-Type will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) at its sale during the Classic Car and Restoration Show at the NEC near Birmingham on April 1 and 2.
Full details at the CCA website.
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