TWO early Jaguar E-type barn finds, both ideal candidates for restoration projects, will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) on Saturday June 18 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa.
The first is a 1963 E-Type 3.8 Series I Fixedhead Coupe (pictured). Clearly a well-loved car, the first owner kept it for 30 years before it was passed on in 1993. Driven for only two years, the car was then tucked away in a barn and has recently been discovered 20 years later.
This early E-Type is an original, highly desirable, UK right-hand drive manual now in need of some TLC. Beneath the dust, this blue E-type presents in partially dismantled condition with the bumpers, headlamp covers, engine air filter and interior carpets removed. The bodywork appears to be sound with the original dashboard, glass and wheels still in place.
The car now offers an exciting opportunity for an E-type enthusiast to bring it back to life when it goes to auction with an estimate of £25,000 to £30,000.
The second E-type ready for resurrection is a 1966 Series 1 4.2 Coupe 2+2, a model which is currently increasing in value on the market. The right-hand drive, manual example with a 4-speed gearbox is an abandoned restoration project which ran out of steam some 15 years ago.
The car presents as partially stripped with the bodyshell described as solid and in good order, currently partially painted in a grey oxide undercoat. The interior has been restored at some stage and can easily be returned to good condition. Though the Webasto roof is in a poor state, the car is up on its wheels with the engine, exhaust, gearbox, and steering all fitted.
The Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms that the car was manufactured on July 11, 1966, and originally finished in opalescent dark blue. This unfinished project car comes with bags of potential and an auction sale estimate of between £12,000 and £15,000.