Have you been looking for that perfect classic car? Well if you love the Jaguar E-Type, then next month may well be your chance to get your hands on one of three Series 1 Jaguar E-Types that will be going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction.
The iconic E-Type is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and is perhaps more popular than it’s ever been, with collectors keen to get their hands on good condition examples. Even unloved old E-Types are sought after, as there are a number of companies here in the UK that can undertake a full restoration.
This beautiful 1961 Series 1 is a right-hand drive, flat-floor, fixed-head Coupe, is finished in the classic colour combination of Opalescent Gunmetal with a red leather interior. The car was manufactured in 1961 and first registered on 1st January 1962, and is an early flat floor example, one of the first 175 Coupes built before the recessed footwells were adopted and one of just 1,559 right-hand drive, 3.8 Coupes that were constructed, so it’s a rather rare car.
Chassis #60 began a complete ground-up restoration in 2000 and has been owned by the same owner for the last 43 years and it is estimated that it will go under the hammer for somewhere between £95,000 to £115,000.
Gary Dunne, Silverstone Auctions Sales Controller commented
“We have a trio of very special Series 1 Jaguar E-Types in our forthcoming auction, each one offering a special opportunity into the ownership of this British Classic. To have the 60th E-Type on the 60th birthday of the marque is truly wonderful”.
The second E-Type being auctioned is a red 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster 4.2, which was once owned by actor Nigel Havers. This rare UK, right-hand drive 4.2 Series 1 Roadster is believed to be original colours, engine and gearbox, and shows all the signs of a very original and honest car. It is estimated that it will go under the hammer for between £60,000 to £70,000 at next month’s auction.
The final Jaguar E-Type being auctioned is not in quite the same condition as these two cars but is however a perfect restoration opportunity for someone willing and able to undertake the job. At just three months old this 1964 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 had covered only 2,805 miles from new, when it suffered a sideways impact at Snetterton race circuit. Although repairs were carried out, nothing further was done to the car and therefore the car still has this incredibly low mileage today, having only ever been driven by one owner. The car is in need of a total restoration and is expected to go for around £70,000 to £90,000.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Silverstone Auctions