A RARE 1965 Jaguar E-Type that was found rotting in a barn has sold for £41,000 and could be worth six figures when restored.
The “Big Cat” had been rotting for half a century and was covered in dust and cobwebs as well as rust.
It is estimated that it could eventually sell for around £150,000 once it is restored to its former glory.
Described as one of the most beautiful and stylish cars in the world in the 60s, the E-Types, nicknamed “Big Cats”, were so fashionable that the super cool rich and famous almost collapsed trying to buy one after being unveiled at a motor show in 1961.
Stars like Steve McQueenGeorge Best, Sir Jackie Stewart, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Bruce McLaren, the Duke of Kent, Charlton Heston, Peter Sellers, Tony Curtis and Princess Grace were among the A-listers who invested in a E-Type, capable of 150mph and a 0-60mph time of just over six seconds.
H&H classic car dealers say the owners are unwilling to say exactly where the vehicle – still showing some of its original blue color – was found in a barn, but confirmed that “the car was not driven for 49 years”.
It has been in the current family since 1971 and sold for £41,400 at auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.
H&H Classics said: “Retaining traces of its original paintwork and what is believed to be its original factory-fitted interior, the Jaguar spent his whole life in East Anglia.
“Enzo Ferrari has described the E-Type as the ‘most beautiful car in the world’ and even five decades of dust has failed to dampen the appeal of this fixed-head coupé.
“Considered substantially complete, the car even features its original matching numbers engine.
“The 4.2-litre One Series machines are particularly sought after due to their improved gearbox, more torquey engine and better brakes.
“If she returns to her former glory, this darling could fetch up to £150,000.”
Carrying the number plate DPW 785 C, it was first registered on 3 March 1965 with Grawford (Oaklands) Farm Ltd of Wood Farm, Cabrooke.
A year later, June 20, 1966, saw his first change of caretaker to Mr David Trenchard Thom, a professional jockey turned racehorse trainer, based in Exning, Newmarket.
The Jag changed hands twice more before being sold through Roger Bradbury Motors to its current dealers in 1971, who bought it to celebrate getting a teaching job.
“He drove to and from school every day…sometimes with a white husky dog riding a shotgun in the passenger seat,” the auctioneers revealed.
“The car was parked to replace the brake calipers and undertake some minor bodywork repairs in about 1973.
“The last tax sticker, which is still affixed to the windscreen, expired in August of that year.
“Unfortunately further engagements arose and the E-Type was shelved, which is a shame considering it was running and driving when unarmed.
“The odometer currently shows only 79,651 miles, which is considered correct.
“DPW 785 C is nicely delivered with its original logbook as well as an up-to-date V5C registration document.
“Jaguar’s E-Type is one of the great classic cars of all time and the appeal of the 4.2-litre fixed-head 1-Series ‘barn find’ coupé offered for sale without reserve is hard to beat. overestimating for an enthusiast.
“It was one of 1,584 right-hand drive Jaguar E-Type Series One 4.2 fixed-head coupés made before the introduction of the so-called 1.5 series cars.”
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