Barn Finds A 35-year-incarcerated Jaguar E-type in Scotland, the ex-stirling Moss Aston DB MKIII in Canada and a lost Ferrari 250GT Lusso shows up in Florida
Early London-supplied E-type found sidelined in Scotland after 35 years off the rails
The trickle of tempting early E-types emerging from decades of storage continued at H&H’S Buxton sale on July 19, when a 1962 fixed-head coupé ended 35 years of internment in Moray, Scotland. The car, which has just 66,551 miles on the clock, was said to be original and complete – bar a windscreen washer bottle replaced with a Baxters Sliced Beets jar. Importantly it retains its matchingnumbers engine and boasts a Jaguar Heritage Trust Production Record Trace Certificate to check everything against.
H&H’S Roger Nowell had the pleasure of seeing the car in its spacious but rather dusty storage unit. Says Nowell, ‘The vendor bought it from a friend with a view to restoring it, but now realises he has too many projects on the go. The friend was apparently an avid car collector and bought the E-type in the late Seventies or early Eighties, running it for a short while after which it was put into a barn and forgotten about. The last tax disc expired in 1983.’
This car was originally supplied by Henlys of London in Opalescent Dark Blue but has since been repainted in British Racing Green. Otherwise, it’s survived well and the attractive registration number, 399 ELC, might have been a factor in helping the S1 whoosh past its £30k-£40k estimate for a hammer price of £75,375.
In the same sale, a 1967 Morris Mini-minor Super De Luxe with just 36k miles and an extraordinary history in one family’s ownership flew past its £8000 top estimate to sell for £15,187. It had been sat on blocks since 1983, but its incredible state of preservation suggests a return to road will need no more than patient recommissioning.
Green E-type was Opalescent Dark Blue
‘An amount of leather paint’ had been applied to the blue seats
3.8-litre straight-six retains all its major components