AN incredibly original 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 manual roadster, hidden away for more than 25 years, is set to see the light of day once again when it goes under the hammer in Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale.
The one-family-owned car was purchased new by the current owner’s grandfather and registered on August 15, 1973. Yet the car was rarely used and spent much of its early life in a garage at the family home in Warwickshire.
In 1993 ownership passed onto the son of the first owner yet still remained unused in the same garage. The E-Type was however properly immobilised and oil put into the cylinders.
The car was given a full service in 2006 and once again placed into storage. It was passed onto the current owner when his father died in September 2014.
The dust-covered car will now receive a careful recomissioning at classic car specialists Tolman Motorsports before heading to Silverstone circuit for the auction on May 23, with an estimate of between £75,000 and £90,000.
Commenting on the car’s amazing history, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, 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.”
Having been used so little the car has covered just over 7,700 miles from new and remains essentially as delivered from the Coventry factory. All the interior is completely original, as is the soft top. The original spare tyre and tool kit is still with the car and it even comes with the last tax disc from 1990.
Nick 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.”