Barn Find: Jaguar E-Type Roadster With 7,740 Miles
One In A Million E-Type Discovered In Garage
A Jaguar E-Type Roadster with only 7,740 miles on the clock has been found in a garage 25 years after it last hit the road. This Series III has a 5.3-litre V12 petrol engine, manual gearbox and the specification is thought to be as it left the factory. It has the original interior – which is complete - plus the original roof, red paint, spare tyre and tool kit. The registration is NUT 262M.
The E-Type was registered in August 1973 and has remained in the same family since. During its early life it rarely left its garage. The last tax disc expired in 1990 and remains on the windscreen.
In April 1993, the vehicle passed to the original owner's son who perceived it as an investment rather than something to drive. Care was taken to preserve it, so – for example – oil was poured into the cylinders to prevent the engine seizing. He stored it in a heated brick barn and later in a wooden shed where it was contained within a dehumidified air bubble. It was serviced in October 2006.
In September 2014, the vehicle was inherited by the original owner's grandson. He then commissioned a classic car specialist to return it to MOT standard. Work included refurbishing the radiator, changing the fluids and rebuilding the front brakes which had frozen. Reports suggest that it now starts well, idles happily and that the manual transmission feels positive and accurate. Minor imperfections include paint/chrome blemishes and a blowing exhaust.
For Sale By Auction
Silverstone Auctions plans to sell the vehicle on May 23rd 2015. The estimated hammer price is £75,000 to £90,000, but it could sell for considerably more. It is, after all, extremely rare to find a low mileage, original, Jaguar from the seventies that has been cosseted throughout its life. This E-Type Series III is a collector's dream.
Silverstone Auction's Managing Director, Nick Whale, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to offer this highly original, low mileage E-Type for auction and help find it a loving home with a new owner.” He added: “In my opinion, the Series III E-Type is one of the best value classic cars on offer. The market has now recognised these wonderful cars and as such we expect a great amount of interest in this fantastically original, low mileage example.”