Abandoned Jaguar expected to fetch around £40,000 in auction

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A rare Jaguar E-Type that has languished in a barn for the past 20 years is expected to fetch around £40,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.

The rusting and derelict car is one of the earliest E-Types – a Series 1 Coupe – with the chassis number 282.

First registered in April 1962, the blue-painted car lived in Birmingham for some 35 years. When the E-Type changed hands in 1997, it was intended as a restoration project, but the car remained in a barn until this year, when it was wheeled out into the daylight for the first time in two decades.

Showing signs of decay and boasting a few colour changes, the now-white E-Type will be going up for auction at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show Sale, which runs on April 1 and 2 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Abandoned Jaguar expected to fetch around £40,000 in auction

Abandoned Jaguar expected to fetch around £40,000 in auction


Although the Jaguar is missing some glass and its front radiator, the auctioneers, Classic Car Auctions, think it will fetch between £38,000 and £44,000.

"These very early E-Types are now highly collectible these days and this example will be a serious project, but one that could be very worthwhile," explained Harry Whale, classic car consigner at Classic Car Auctions.

"Last year the Jaguar E-Type Series I experienced very significant growth on the classic car market and we expect buyers to be queuing up for the chance to own an example just like this, ready to give it the TLC it deserves."