CHASSIS 850062 – WHERE HAS IT BEEN?
Like all E-types, 850062 led a busy life. The history file shows that before the current OSL 662 plate it was registered 3132 SR and HSS 124 – neither of which were 1961 issues. As the very first E-type in Edinburgh it must have caused a stir but according to the DVLA, it was first registered as 171 DBP in August 1961 by West Sussex County Council so it was probably sold by Rossleigh to another Jaguar dealer or direct to a private buyer in the south of England.
It then reappears in Edinburgh, bought in 1971 by Ian Simpson as a rusty wreck for £250 but still in Sherwood Green and still with its outside latch bonnet, original interior and mechanicals. Simpson bought it with no documents and transferred HSS 124 from a Massey Ferguson tractor, restored it, ran it daily and then sold 850062 in 1979 in part exchange along with an MGB for a TVR.
After that it stayed firmly under the radar in Scotland, only resurfacing last year in the tiny parish of Deskford in Moray, sold by an owner who had no knowledge of 860062’s significance. There’s bound to be someone out there who can fill the missing gaps in OSL’S history and Steve has promised to reacquaint any previous owners with the car if they get in touch.
Early E-type fanciers should look on the marvellous website xkedata.com, where they’ll see that of those 54 roadsters in that celebrated picture on page 46, at least 36 are known to still survive.