CHAS­SIS 850062 – WHERE HAS IT BEEN?

Classic Cars (UK) - - Driven -

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.

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