Classic Jaguar that was found under a hedge heads to auction

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A 1963 Jaguar E-Type that was found under a hedge in a Surrey village is due to fetch thousands of pounds at auction next week.

With just 44,870 miles on the clock and all of its original features included, the E-Type represents a great investment for anyone willing to restore and repair the classic sports car.

Ivor Arbiter, former owner of Drum City and Sound City in London, bought the car in May 1963. Arbiter was responsible for the 'drop-T' Beatles logo, which he sketched on a scrap of paper after being asked by the Brian Epstein – the manager of the famous band – to create a design that could feature on the group's bass drum.

It changed hands multiple times between 1965 and 1967, before getting to its last owner Frank Riches - who raced the car along with his track-ready MG.

Classic Jaguar that was found under a hedge heads to auction

Classic Jaguar that was found under a hedge heads to auction


James Good, a valuer at international auctioneers COYS, said: "This wonderful series 1, 3.8 E-Type is in original condition, with matching numbers and has never been restored. It retains all of the features it carried in 1969 and is possibly one of the most original examples remaining today. The car needs a total restoration but it has all the ingredients to make a superb car – this is a true rarity!"

The car comes with its original log book and the last MOT certificate it received for November 1968. This comes alongside the original service handbook, service manual and spare parts catalogue.

The E-Type is due to go on sale as part of the COYS Spring Classics Auction, which takes place on March 8 at the Royal Horticultural Society, London.