E-Type For Sale – and Not Just Any E-Type
This weekend at Historics at Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey, the classic car auction will feature one of the finest examples of a Jaguar Series One E-Type.
While all the recent clamour has been about the recently-launched Jaguar F-Type, it’s time that attention was drawn back to what is arguably Jaguar’s most evocative star of the past.
Launched originally way back in 1961 at the laughably affordable price of just £2,250 – which equates to around £38,000 these days – it was the beautiful car for the beautiful people. It obviously helped not only being for a short time the fastest production car on the planet but also by being praised by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car in the world, and the car became the car to be seen in through such celebrity owners as Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot and Britt Ekland.
Back in the real world of today, the legacy of the E-Type is still alive and well with this little beauty up for auction. It’s one of the last Series One, left hand drive models to leave the Browns Lane factory in Coventry, and to add to this fact is the look of the car as it is a rare, 1967 all black Series One 4.2 litre; making it stand out somewhat from the other 100 or so fine classics that will fill the auction hall at Historics on June 1st.
How much will this car go for? According to the experts, taking into consideration both the condition of the car and the high esteem in which the E-type is held, the expected sale price of this particular model will be between £110,000 and £130,000 – a big step up from that first price back in the 60s. Speaking of the condition, the car is actually in better shape today than when it was built with the present owner having painstakingly restored every nut and bolt over the two year period that it has rested on these UK shores, having been residing in California for some time previously.
And it wasn’t just nuts and bolts that were treated during the restoration: amongst many other changes and updates the famous straight-six, twin-cam 4.2 litre engine, brakes and suspension have all been restored, with the gearbox having been fully rebuilt with steel synchromesh rings. It goes without saying that everything to do with the car has been done with attention to detail and quality of the highest order.
And it’s only done just less than 50,000 miles too!
No wonder there has been substantial international interest in the car as well as in the UK.
You can view the car and all 100+ consigned cars, 80+ classic motorcycles and automobilia on Friday May 31st at Historics at Brooklands, near Weybridge, Surrey from 10.00am with the auction on the following day, Saturday 1st June.