Supercar Fest Sale of Iconic & Classic Cars 28 May 2022

Supercar Fest Sale Of Iconic And Classic Cars Saturday 28th May 2022 42 Lot 419 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 ‘External Bonnet Lock’ Roadster - Chassis No. 38 The story of the E-Type requires little introduction, however, what perhaps may need some explanation is the position in the market of the very early cars and their importance to collectors and marque enthusiasts alike. In common with Works of Art, Furniture, Philately, Fine Wines and all the other things people collect, the rarest and best quality items tend to attract collectors’ interest and inevitably, the harder they are to find, the more expensive they can become. Should there be a number of well-heeled collectors chasing a particular painting, for example, then the result can be a serious clash of egos and wallets. This is equally true of Classic Cars and the E-Type is a perfect example. The most sought after of all the E-Types are the first 92 right-hand drive cars produced and these are easily distinguished by their external bonnet locks (EBL). Chassis No. 38 is indeed one of those EBL cars and is one of the oldest surviving having been manufactured in June 1961 and supplied to Appleyards in Leeds to be utilised as a company demonstrator. It’s finished in Opalescent Dark Blue with Red hide, its original colour combination, and was purchased by its first private owner, a Mr Straughan, as a stop gap before acquiring a Mk2 Jaguar some eighteen months later. With the E-Type returning to the dealer in part-exchange and the model still much in demand, it soon found its second new home where it was to remain for the next fifty years. Shortly after taking delivery and noted in the history file, damage was sustained to the engine block during the 1963 ‘big freeze’ requiring a replacement block to be fitted. Upon the owners passing in the 1980s, the Jaguar remained within the family but was stored and unused until 2004 at which point the decision was taken to totally restore this historically important Jaguar. The task of restoring the bodywork was handed to Alan Proctor of Worksop, Nottinghamshire and mechanical aspects attended to at Beamish Morgan Ltd. of Durham. It’s noted that at this point the recorded mileage was a mere 32,000 so comparatively little work was required to refresh and bring everything back to life. Naturally, being an older restoration, the overall condition is not rebuild fresh but it is superb throughout and clearly remains as one of the earliest E-Types still on the road today. Accompanied by its original and unrestored ‘factory’ hardtop, a comprehensive history file and various other ephemera, this is an historically important E-Type with a known history and would befit any collection of special Jaguars. Your earliest inspection is welcomed and encouraged to appreciate this fine external bonnet lock Roadster. Registration: KJH 20 Chassis No.: 850038 Estimate: £220,000 - £260,000 More Details Lot 419 Bid On Lot 419