‘Barn find’ Jaguar E-Type emerges after 25 years

An incredible original Jaguar E-Type Series III, hidden away in a garage for more than 25 years, is due to see the light of day once more when it goes up for auction next month.

The car was originally purchased by its current owner’s grandfather back in August 1973, however it got little use and has as such spent most of its life at the family home in Warwickshire.

After ownership passed onto his son in 1993, it was decided that the E-Type should be kept as a long-term investment, having been immobilised and stored in a dehumidified storage unit.

Only 7,700 miles on the clock!

Although it was given a full servicing in 2006, the E-Type was once again placed into storage, where it has remained ever since until now, when it’s due to go up for auction.

The dust-covered classic racer will now receive a careful recommissioning from the classic car specialists at Tolman Motorsports, before it’s auctioned off at Silverstone on 23rd May.

Launched in 1971, the Series III was the final incarnation of the amazing E-Type, and was only available with an immensely powerful 5.3-litre V12 engine.

Incredibly, for its day, the Series III E-Type was miles ahead of its competition, coming with a longer wheelbase, much better brakes and even power steering as standard.

Even more incredible still, thanks to having spent most of its life cooped up indoors, this historic motor has only 7,700 miles on the clock and remains essentially as delivered from the Coventry factory.

All of its interior is completely original, as is the soft top, while it also comes with the original spare tyre and toolkit, plus the last tax disc it was given, which dates back to 1990.

Commenting on the car’s history, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to offer this highly original, low mileage E-Type for auction and help find it a loving home with a new owner.

“In my opinion the Series III E-Type is one of the best value classic cars on offer. The market has now recognised these wonderful cars and as such we expect a great amount of interest in this fantastically original, low mileage example.”

Back in August last year, the Jaguar E-Type was officially named the most desirable classic car in the UK, according to a survey from security specialists ISI Secure.

Britain’s most desirable classic car

The original E-Type was manufactured by Jaguar in the early 1960s and lasted until 1975. It was initially shown to the public as a rear-wheel driver grand tourer in two-seater coupe and convertible formats.

Such was the appeal of the original E-Type that it even counted the legendary Enzo Ferrari amongst its fans, who called it “the most beautiful car ever made”.

Due to go up for auction late next month, the Warwickshire E-Type is expected to fetch a price between £75,000 and £90,000. If you ask us, that’s more than worth it!