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.
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.