Classic Cars

Rust-covered 1965 Jaguar E-Type found rotting in barn sells for £41,000

A Jaguar E-Type (pictured) found covered in rust and decaying in a barn sold for £41,000 at auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford - as it could be worth £150,000 when restored

A not very careful owner! Rust-covered 1965 Jaguar E-Type found rotting in barn sells for £41,000…and could be worth £150,000 when fully restored

  • The 1965 Jaguar E-Type sat in a barn in a small town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk
  • It has been off the road for 49 years after being purchased by its current owners in 1971 as a birthday present
  • The car sold for £41,000 at auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on Wednesday March 16.
  • H&H Classics car dealers said the engine could be worth up to £150,000 when fully restored

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A Jaguar E-Type found covered in rust and decaying in a barn has sold for £41,000 at auction as it could be worth £150,000 when restored.

The car, which had been in a barn in a small market town on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, was auctioned off at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

It has been off-road for 49 years and is a 1965 4.2 Coupe. It was purchased with its original factory fitted interior at an H&H Classics sale on Wednesday March 16th.

A Jaguar E-Type (pictured) found covered in rust and decaying in a barn sold for £41,000 at auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford – as it could be worth £150,000 once restored

The E-Type (pictured) has been off-road for 49 years and is a 1965 4.2 Coupe, which was purchased with its original factory-fitted interior at an H&H Classics sale on Wednesday March 16.

The E-Type (pictured) has been off-road for 49 years and is a 1965 4.2 coupe, which was purchased with its original factory-fitted interior at an H&H Classics sale on Wednesday March 16.

The vehicle was one of more than 100 cars auctioned at the event in Cambridgeshire, according to the Ely standard.

Records show the engine was first registered on 3rd March 1965 to Grawford (Oaklands) Farm Ltd of Wood Farm, Cabrooke.

Then on June 20, 1966, the model was sold to Mr David Trenchard Thom, a professional jockey turned racehorse trainer based in Exning, Newmarket.

Subsequently, the Jaguar E-Type was owned by two others before being sold to current owners in 1971.

The current owners had purchased the classic car as a birthday present for securing a teaching position.

The vehicle (pictured) was one of more than 100 cars auctioned at the event in Cambridgeshire

The vehicle (pictured) was one of more than 100 cars auctioned at the event in Cambridgeshire

A spokesman for auction house H&H Classics said: “Retaining traces of its original paintwork and what is believed to be its original factory-fitted interior, the Jaguar has passed its entire his life in East Anglia.

“Enzo Ferrari has described the E-Type as the ‘most beautiful car in the world’ and even five decades of dust has failed to dampen the appeal of this fixed-head coupé.

“If restored to its former glory, this Suffolk lover could fetch up to £150,000.”

Records show the car (pictured) was first registered on March 3, 1965 to Grawford (Oaklands) Farm Ltd of Wood Farm, Cabrooke

Records show the car (pictured) was first registered on March 3, 1965 to Grawford (Oaklands) Farm Ltd of Wood Farm, Cabrooke

Jaguar E-Types were first shown to the world on March 15, 1961, with a launch price of around £2,250, valued at £38,000 in today’s money.

Three series of the classic engine were then launched over the next 15 years. The Jaguar E-Type is often considered one of the greatest sports cars of all time.

Many celebrities have owned the model car over the years, including Frank Sinatra, who reportedly saw the car when it was revealed in 1961 and said, “I want this car and I want it now.”

The car marque was also owned by George Harrison, George Best and Tony Curtis, among other famous faces.

Jaguar E-Types were first shown to the world on March 15, 1961, with a launch price of around £2,250, valued at £38,000 in today's money.  Pictured: The Jaguar E-Type which sold for £41,000 at auction in Cambridgeshire

Jaguar E-Types were first shown to the world on March 15, 1961, with a launch price of around £2,250, valued at £38,000 in today’s money. Pictured: The Jaguar E-Type which sold for £41,000 at auction in Cambridgeshire

The popular classic car has also been described by Enzo Ferrari, an Italian racing driver and entrepreneur, as “the most beautiful car in the world”.

E-Types have also been a popular feature in many films, including The Wolf of Wall Street and Sin City.

In the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball, a Series 1 model briefly appeared in the Shrublands parking lot.

And in the unofficial Casino Royale parody film released in 1967, it was used in a chase sequence.

What is a Jaguar E-Type?

The Jaguar E-Type was one of the most famous and sought-after cars of the 1960s.

Available as a two-seat roadster or coupe, it offered race car performance and stunning looks at a relatively modest price.

Launched in 1961 to widespread acclaim, the Jaguar E Type was intended to replace the XK series of sports cars with styling inspired by the famous D Type racing cars.

The original 3.8 liter engine was replaced by a 4.2 liter engine in 1965. A 2+2 coupé and automatic transmission option followed a year later.

Strict US emissions regulations reduced overall performance, so a new 5.3 liter V12 engine was introduced from 1971.

The modified, lightweight E-types have proven themselves in British and international motorsport.

The Jaguar Type E are present in:

A shot in the dark

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Fucked Me

The Avengers

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

The Blues Brothers

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice

Carry on Doctor

Casino Royale

Diabolic Danger

Every day is a party

The Devil’s Eye

gumball rally

Harold and Maude (a hearse)

Herbie the Love Bug

how to steal a million

The Odessa File

Terms of endearment

Italian work

The man who haunted himself

The young runners

thunder ball

Vanishing Point

Long live Las Vegas

Sources: The National Automobile Museum Trust and E-types on film

The Jaguar E-Type was one of the most famous and sought-after cars of the 1960s. Pictured: A Series 1 Jaguar E-Type Coupe

The Jaguar E-Type was one of the most famous and sought-after cars of the 1960s. Pictured: A Series 1 Jaguar E-Type Coupe

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