Saturday, 21 May 2022

E-Type’s long confinement is ending

BACK in the late Sixties I took a memorable ride in a Jaguar E-Type convertible through

BACK in the late Sixties I took a memorable ride in a Jaguar E-Type convertible through the leafy lanes of South Oxfordshire from Greys Court near Henley to Peppard Common.

It was just a short drive on a summer’s day but I never forgot the thrill I felt at being allowed to travel in such a car.

The E-Type legend lives on and that car, if it still existed, would today be highly collectable and probably worth a mint.

And indeed, a highly collectable, family-owned 1972 Jaguar E-Type “barn find” will be offered for sale at Classic Car Auctions’ September sale tomorrow (Saturday) at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

The iconic Series III V12 Roadster, finished in yellow with a black leather interior, has been sitting dormant in a barn for 20 years, having been passed down through the generations of one Carlisle family.

The car was first registered on November 3, 1972, and bought by a Carlisle-based chemist in 1976.

As a self-confessed Jaguar fanatic with other cars already in his personal collection, he used the Series III E-Type to enjoy the summer months driving with the top down, sporting his very own personalised number plate, FW V12.

It was passed on to his wife in 1982 before being gifted to their son on his 30th birthday in February 2007. With fond memories of childhood family trips to the Lake District, the car had already been carefully tucked away under plastic sheeting in a dry barn for around 11 years by that point.

Now set to emerge from the barn where it has been stored for two decades, with 20-year-old air still in the tyres, the much-loved  E-Type is expected to sell for between £35,000 and £40,000 at auction. “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,” said the E-Type’s current owner.

The car remains complete with all parts of the engine, body work, interior and original features present, with the interior in surprisingly good condition with no obvious signs of wear, and an odometer reading of 43,285 miles.

CCA auction manager Guy Lees-Milne said: “Jaguar E-Types are among the most sought-after and collectable 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.” The car features a 5.3-litre Jaguar V12 engine, manual transmission, uprated brakes, standard power steering, and air conditioning, as well as the distinctive large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, four exhaust tips and V12 badge on the rear.

For more about the car and sale visit the auctioneers’ website at

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