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E-Type abandoned for 20 years

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A 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixedhead Coupé barn find, one of the greatest sports cars of all time, will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) at its biggest ever sale taking place at the Practical Classics Show on April 1-2 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Abandoned for almost 20 years, the car is a very early example of the iconic Jaguar. 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 a guide price of £38,000 to £44,000.

The car was bought new by its first owner in April 1962 and registered to his address in Birmingham. Finished in dark opalescent blue with black trim, the new E-Type was presented in a rare and desirable colour combination at the time, and was owned for some 35 years by its first keeper.

The car changed hands and found its second owner in 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 layer of dust and detritus.

Despite decades of neglect, and with symptoms of deterioration, the E-Type now makes a perfect candidate for restoration.

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.

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