Monday 19 September 2016, By Autovolo
A Jaguar E-Type that is being sold in “barn find” condition could command as much as £40,000 when it goes up for auction later this month.
The Series III V12 Roadster, dating back to 1972, is going under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale after spending the last 20 years hidden from the light of day.
The car was first registered on November 3, 1972 and was acquired by a Carlisle-based chemist, who was a large Jaguar fan himself, to go alongside a number of other classics he had.
The current owner of the car, the son of the original owner, stated: “My dad loved cars and race days. It will be sad to see the car go but now it can be brought back to life and enjoyed, as it should be.”
The car has a personalised number plate, too: “FW V12”, and was passed on to the original owner’s wife and then again passed on, this time as a gift, to the present owner as a special 30th birthday gift in 2007.
As far as parts are concerned it still, miraculously, has all components of the engine, interior, bodywork, and original features present. The odometer sits at a solid 43,285 miles and the car’s cabin is in good condition considering it has been locked away in a dry barn under plastic sheeting for 20 years.
Auction manager Guy Lees-Milne at CCA, said: “Jaguar E-Types are among the most sought after and collectible classic cars on the market today, and the Series III represents excellent value.
“Naturally, a barn find like this is in need of some attention, but it will make a very exciting project and we expect bidders to be out in force for a chance at an opportunity like this one.”
Under the bonnet, the car is sporting by a 5.3-litre V12, with a manual gearbox and real wheel drive. It comes with uprated brakes, power steering, air conditioning and the distinctive quad exhaust tips and V12 badging at the back of the car.
The auction will be held on September 24 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.
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