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100th Jaguar E-Type 3.8 ‘flat floor’ coupé going to auction

SILVERSTONE Auctions has confirmed that a significant Jaguar E-Type 3.8 ‘Flat Floor’ coupé will be offered for auction at sale on May 19 at Silverstone racing circuit.

This Jaguar E-Type is particularly special as it is believed to be the 100th E-Type fixed head coupé built, and has been given an auction estimate of £80,000 to £100,000.

The right-hand drive E-Type was first purchased in December 1961 from RB Massey in Hull. The owner cherished the car but an expanding family necessitated two more seats so it was part-exchanged in 1965 for a Jaguar Mk II saloon.

The car remained in Yorkshire until 1976 when it was purchased and moved to Glasgow. The owner’s aim was to restore the car when time and funds permitted. During this time various works were carried out including a colour change to red, but it doesn’t appear to have ever been finished. The E-Type was sold on again in 2003, during which time the owner returned it to roadworthy condition before selling it to its current owner who has had it for 15 years.

The car is fitted with its original 3.8 litre 6-cylinder engine that was sent to VSE Engineering for a full rebuild in 2004, and has only covered 1,200 miles since. At the same time as the engine removal the E-Type was treated to a full brake rebuild and rear axle removal. The Jaguar was given a full re-trim in tan leather and repaint in Carmen Red later on in its current ownership, along with a new fuel tank and a full stainless steel exhaust system.

Today the beautifully presented E-Type has been used only occasionally for classic car runs and shows. The bodywork is described as solid with no obvious signs of deterioration.

Classic car specialist Richard Greenhalgh said: “In early 1962 this would have been the most beautiful car the people of Hull had ever seen, and today she’s a true survivor. Whether the new owner wishes to return her to those heady days or just keep her well maintained and treated to an occasional day out, it would be good to play a part in the next stage of that journey.”

The Jaguar E-Type is supplied with its Heritage Certificate, driver’s handbook and receipts for work totalling over £14,000. Also included is the VSE engine rebuild data sheet as well as MoT certificates dating back to 1990, along with a current MoT.

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