Offbeat

 

By Alex Matthews

A classic Jaguar is set to fetch £60,000 – after skulking in a barn for the past 30 years.


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The rusting sports car was recently discovered surrounded by broken pottery in a stone shelter in Devon.

In its prime, the famous E-Type coupe could sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 150mph.

However, this car requires a good service before it gets up to speed. Its 4.8 litre engine was last fired up in 2001.

Pictures show the outside of the car and its engine have rusted an awful lot.

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However, it only has 60,000 miles on the clock and has not changed hands in 41 years. The interior also seems to have weathered rather well.

A spokesperson said: “Famously launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type created a furore.

“Its combination of supercar performance, superb styling and a low price tag left rivals reeling and customers clamouring.

“Early sportscar racing success in the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvador amongst others, helped to cement its reputation as a most desirable car.

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“One of just 1,799 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupes made to right-hand drive specification, this particular example – chassis 860826 – was completed on August 23, 1962.

“Taken off the road during the mid to late 1980s due to increasing business demands, the Fixed Head Coupe was driven into the first of the two North Devon barns that have sheltered it ever since.”

The car goes under the hammer at the H&H Classics action at RAC Woodcote Park in Surrey on June 6.

It is one of six E-Types that are estimated to fetch £500,000 in an auction currently totalled at £3.75million.

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