Rare E-Type under

the hammer

Jaguar E-Type coupe, 1961, front
Jaguar E-Type coupe, 1961, side
Jaguar E-Type coupe, 1961, interior

A RARE Jaguar E-Type will be going under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions sale on May 19.

The E-Type 3.8 is believed to be the 100 fixed head coupe ever built and has been given a guide price of between £80,000 and £100,000.

With the chassis number #860100 the right-hand drive E-Type ‘Flat Floor' coupe was first purchased on December 21, 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 MkII 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 owned it for the past 15 years.

Richard Greenhalgh, Silverstone Auctions' classic car expert, said: "The Jaguar E-Type is a consistently popular car with the public and enthusiasts alike, with its sweeping curves and stylish design making it one of the most beautiful cars of all time. This is a unique opportunity to buy a significant numbered car, there is only one after all!"

It is fitted with its original 3.8-litre six 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.

The E-Type is supplied with its Heritage Certificate, drivers' 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.

The car will be sold at the sale at the Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

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