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

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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

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