After sitting dormant for 20 years, this Jaguar E-Type is ready to drive again.

For the past two decades, this Jaguar has been sitting untouched. It’s a 1972 E-Type, and most would agree that a car this beautiful should never go for so long without being on the road. Thankfully, that’s all about to change when it goes up for auction at the Classic Car Auctions’ sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Center later this month.

The roadster features a yellow exterior finish and a surprisingly clean black leather interior. Being a Series III V12, it’s the last generation of the iconic E-Type that Jaguar offered before being discontinued in 1975, and features an original 5.3-liter V12 that would produced 272 horsepower (203 kilowatts) when brand new. Don't forget standard power steering.

This example was first registered on November 3rd, 1972, and bought by a Carlisle-based chemist in 1976, before it was passed on to his wife in 1982. From there, it sat for over 20 years in a garage on the property.

The car was taken out of storage in 2007 - 25 years after it was first registered - and gifted to the son of the two previous owners for his 30th birthday in February of that year. “My dad loved cars and race days,” says the current owner and son of the original owner. “It will be sad to see the car go but now it can be brought back to life and enjoyed, as it should be.”

With all the original bodywork, interior components, and engine remaining, this E-Type has just 43,285 miles on the odometer since new, and should make a nice project for someone willing to spend the cash. It’s expected to fetch between £35,000 - £40,000 ($46,300 - $52,900) when it heads to auction on September 24th.

Source: Classic Car Auctions

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A highly collectible, family owned 1972 Jaguar E-Type ‘barn find’ will be offered for sale at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale on 24th September at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

The iconic Series III V12 Roadster, finished in yellow with a black leather interior, has been sitting dormant in a barn for 20 years having been passed down through the generations of one Carlisle family.

The car was first registered on 3rd November 1972 and bought by a Carlisle based chemist in 1976. As a self-confessed Jaguar fanatic with other cars already in his personal collection, he used the Series III E-Type to enjoy the summer months driving with the top down, sporting his very own personalised number plate, FW V12.

It was later passed on to his wife in 1982 before it was gifted to their son on his 30th birthday in February 2007. With fond memories of childhood family trips to the Lake District, the car was carefully tucked away under plastic sheeting in a dry barn.

Now set to emerge from the barn where it has been stored for two decades, with twenty year old air still in the tyres, the much loved E-Type is expected to sell for between £35,000 and £40,000 at auction.

“My dad loved cars and race days. It will be sad to see the car go but now it can be brought back to life and enjoyed, as it should be,” comments the E-Type’s current owner.

The E-Type remains complete with all parts of the engine, body work, interior and original features present, with the interior in surprisingly good condition with no obvious signs of wear, and an odometer reading of 43,285 miles.

“Jaguar E-Types are among the most sought after and collectible classic cars on the market today, and the Series III represents excellent value,” comments Guy Lees-Milne, auction manager at CCA. “Naturally, a barn find like this is in need of some attention, but it will make a very exciting project and we expect bidders to be out in force for a chance at an opportunity like this one.”

The car features a 5.3 L Jaguar V12 engine, manual transmission, uprated brakes, standard power steering, and air conditioning, as well as the distinctive large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, four exhaust tips and V12 badge on the rear.