Colin-on-Cars – Rare Jaguar E-Type up for grabs

It was 60 years ago the inconic Jaguar E-Type made its debut and fans of the marque have an opportunity to buy Chassis Number 60 at the upcoming Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction where three Series 1 Jaguar E-Types are offered in the sale.

Chassis number 60 (860060) will be offered on Saturday, March 27 and this 1961 Series 1 is a beautiful home-market, right-hand drive, flat-floor, fixed-head Coupé finished in the classic colour combination of Opalescent Gunmetal over a red leather interior.

Manufactured in 1961 and first registered on January 1, 1962, Chassis 860060 is an early flat floor example, one of the first 175 Coupes built before the recessed footwells were adopted and one of just 1 559 right-hand drive, 3.8 Coupes constructed in total, so a rather rare car in its own right.

A ground-up restoration commenced in 2000 and it is now offered following a staggering 43-year ownership and pricing estimates range from £95 000 – 115,000 (R1,9-million – R2,3-million).   

Gary Dunne, Silverstone Auctions Sales Controlled commented “We have a trio of very special Series 1 Jaguar E-Types in our forthcoming auction, each one offering a special opportunity into the ownership of this British Classic. To have the 60th E-Type on the 60th birthday of the marque is truly wonderful.”

The second example offers an incredible restoration opportunity; at three months old the 1964 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 had covered just 2 805 miles from new when it suffered a sideways impact at Snetterton race circuit. Whilst repairs were carried out, nothing further happened and as such the car remains at this incredibly low mileage today, having only ever been driven by one owner.

Looking glorious in red over black is the final example, a 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster 4.2, which was once the property of TV and film actor, Nigel Havers. This rare UK, right-hand drive 4.2 Series 1 Roadster is believed to be original colours, engine, and gearbox, with it displaying all the signs of a very original and honest car.

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