Even underneath all that dust and rust, most of the original parts remain.
Though it may not look like much at first glance, this worn-out Jaguar is heading to auction next month where it could go for as much as £44,000 ($54,000). Why? Because it’s a rare 1962 E-Type Series 1 Fixed Coupe, and it’s been sitting in a garage, virtually untouched for nearly 20 years.
As part of the Classic Car Auctions (CCA) Birmingham sale in April, the barn-find Jag will cross the auction block where estimates suggest it could go for anywhere between £38,000 to £44,000 ($46,648 to $54,000). It’s a rare right-hand drive, manual example, and has had just two registered owners since new.
It was purchased in 1962 and registered in the U.K. Finished in a Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim, it was owned and driven for nearly 35 years before being sold off. The car was purchased by its second owner in 1997 and was put into storage in preparation of a minor restoration. Unfortunately, that restoration was never realized.
Apart from the dust and decay, the car is said to be in "very original condition," retaining features like the original brake system and even showing signs of the factory Opalescent Blue in some areas. Things like the hood have been replaced, and despite missing some glass and the radiator, most of the car remains in tact. Even the factory steering wheel and dash remains.
Included with the sale are several parts removed during the restoration process, as well as the Jaguar Heritage Certificate and current V5. Considering pristine examples of the E-Type Series 1 are worth well over $100,000, it could make the perfect project car when it crosses the auction block on April 2 at the NEC in Birmingham, U.K.
Source: Classic Car Auctions (CCA)
Gallery: 1962 Jaguar E-Type Barn Find Auction
Classic Car Auctions (CCA) will auction a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixedhead Coupé barn find, one of the greatest sports cars of all time, at its biggest ever sale taking place at the Practical Classics Show.
Abandoned for almost 20 years, this car is a very early example of the iconic Jaguar, Chassis 282. A right-hand drive, manual example, it has had just two registered owners from new and is expected to bring interested buyers from far and wide when it is offered at auction at a guide price of £38,000 to £44,000.
The car was bought new by its first owner on 4thApril 1962 and registered to his address in Birmingham. Finished in Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim, the brand new E-Type was presented in a rare and desirable colour combination at the time, and was proudly driven and owned for some 35 years by its first keeper.
The car changed hands and found its second owner on 1st November 1997. Staying within the West Midlands area and now owned by a Jaguar enthusiast, the E-Type was put into storage in a barn in preparation for remedial works. Sadly, plans to work on the car were never realised as the owner moved to the north of England, leaving the car untouched for almost 20 years in the care of his brother.
Now brought out of the barn and into daylight once again, an inspection reveals a genuine ‘barn-find’ example in very original condition, still retaining its rare and original brake system. Worn paintwork reveals a colour change to White with the original Opalescent Blue showing through in some areas, as well as evidence of a replacement bonnet in Red. Despite missing some glass and the radiator, most of the car is original including the steering wheel and dashboard all veiled behind a generous layer of dust and detritus.
Despite decades of neglect, untouched for two decades, and with symptoms of deterioration, the E-Type now makes for a perfect candidate for restoration and a dream opportunity for a Jaguar enthusiast when it returns to Birmingham on auction day.
“These very early E-Types are now highly collectible these days and this example will be a serious project, but one that could be very worthwhile,” explains Harry Whale, classic car consigner at Classic Car Auctions.
“Last year the Jaguar E-Type Series I 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, 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 the Jaguar Heritage Certificate and current V5.