Two more ‘barn-find’ Jaguar E-Types coming to auction

Partially disassembled, the 1963 Jaguar XK-E was in storage 20 years | Classic Car Auctions photos
Partially disassembled, the 1963 Jaguar XK-E was in storage 20 years | Classic Car Auctions photos

Just when you thought all the derelict barn-find Jaguars had been found and sold at auction, here come a couple of early E-types rescued from long-term storage and heading to sale June 18 in England by Classic Car Auctions.

The strong values of the iconic XK-Es seem to be the catalyst for more owners of forlorn project Jags to cash them in. Classic Car Auctions say the cars, a valuable 1963 3.8-liter hatchback coupe and a somewhat less-desirable 1966 4.2-liter 2+2 coupe, are “both ideal candidates for restoration projects.” Continue reading

Beatles-linked Jag in the bush brings $82,400 at auction

1963 Jaguar E-type originally owned by designers of The Beatles logo | Coys photos
1963 Jaguar E-type originally owned by designers of The Beatles logo | Coys photos

The 1963 Jaguar E-type found under a hedge in Bisley, Surrey, England brought £58,000 ($82,400) at Coys’ Spring Classics auction in London.

“The derelict E-type attracted attention from all four corners of the world and bidders in a packed auction room and via telephone fought fiercely for it on Tuesday night,” Chris Routledge, Coys chief executive, said in a news release. Continue reading

Jaguar found under a hedge goes to Coys auction in London

The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe will come to auction in as-found condition | Coys
The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe will come to auction in as-found condition | Coys

A dingy and tattered 1963 Jaguar XK-E coupe found under a hedge in Surrey, England, and apparently not driven since 1969, will trundle across the block March 8 during Coys’ auction in London. Continue reading

Jaguar XK-E named most romantic ride by ClassicCars.com

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1962 Jaguar E-type FHC | Hans Marquez photo

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, ClassicCars.com is feeling the love and asked readers to vote for the most romantic car. With 30 percent of the total votes, the Jaguar XK-E was the clear winner.

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Historic E-type racer goes at show, then to auction

1961 Jaguar E-type among first readied for racing | H&H Classics photos
1961 Jaguar E-type among first readied for racing | H&H Classics photos

A 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Competition Roadster, one of the first E-types prepped for racing, will be on display February 18-21 at the London Classic Car show before being offered for sale at the H&H Classics Duxford auction in April. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe

The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe is a gleaming example of a stunning automobile
The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe is a gleaming example of a stunning automobile

I would be the first to admit to being a sucker for a pretty face, and here’s a perfect example. The Pick of the Day is sex on wheels, about as gorgeous as a car can be, and at least for me, love at first sight.

The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe is hauntingly beautiful, and the photos leave little doubt that the Jag is as described by its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, owner: “Totally restored to concours condition.” Continue reading

Jaguar E-type wins worldwide poll as best British car

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The Jaguar E-type that debuted at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show debut car is taken out for a drive | Jaguar

Though it might seem like the ultimate no brainer for British car enthusiasts, the Jaguar E-type has been voted Best British Car ever in a worldwide poll run by the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, which took place this past weekend at Alexandra Palace in London.

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My Classic Car: Frank’s Jaguar E-types

Frank's daughter stands next to his whitewalled Jaguar | Frank Ligon photos
Frank’s daughter stands next to his whitewalled Jaguar | Frank Ligon photos

Growing up in Detroit my dad would take me to the Sport Cars in Review show at the Henry Ford Museum. One year there was a D-type Jaguar on display. Jags had won Le Mans and the D-type was the hit of the show.

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Low-mileage ‘barn find’ Jaguar E-Type headed to auction

The 42-year-old Jaguar E-type has been driven only 7,740 miles | Silverstone Auctions
The 42-year-old Jaguar E-type has been driven only 7,740 miles | Silverstone Auctions

Yet another amazing British “barn find” comes to auction next month, a single-family-owned 1973 Jaguar E-type roadster that has been stashed away for more than a quarter century and has just over 7,700 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: ‘Barn-found’ 1964 Jaguar XK-E coupe

The ’64 Jaguar XK-E coupe was just taken out of four decades of storage, according to the seller
The ’64 Jaguar XK-E coupe was just taken out of four decades of storage, according to the seller

All eyes in the collector-car world are focused on the auction today in Paris of one of the most spectacular “barn finds” in history, the collection of nearly 60 European cars – many of them extremely rare and valuable – that recently were discovered stored in open sheds in western France.

Those cars, which include such things as a Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase California Spider, Bugatti 57 Ventoux and a Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Frua, will be offered at Articurial’s auction during the Retromobile classic car extravaganza.

The E-type looks luscious despite its grungy paint
The E-type looks luscious despite its grungy paint

With that in mind, our Pick of the Week offers a distressed European classic that’s just come out of very long-term storage, according to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. With just 38,367 miles showing on its odometer, the 1964 Jaguar XK-E coupe was put into dry storage in 1975 and is in all-original condition, the seller states. That means it shouldn’t be nearly as beat up as the French barn finds.

The seller, a classic car dealer in Beverly Hills, California, that seems to specialize in finding and marketing desirable cars with needs, has the Jaguar priced at $54,500, which shows the rising tide of values for classic European sports cars and original-condition barn finds in general.

“Shown here in its sought-after and original opalescent gunmetal gray with red-leather interior, this car is an excellent original candidate for restoration,” the seller says. “It has covered headlights, triple SUs (carburetors), wire wheels, and it even still has the handwritten body number in chalk on the firewall and the factory bonnet. It also comes with the original jack and tool kit.”

The original interior looks like it could be salvageable
The original interior looks like it could be salvageable

The photos show that the attractive E-type coupe needs just about everything – paint, interior refurbishing, mechanical work – and it looks like something weird happened to that right front fender. But if all is as described, it should make a decent basis for a pricey restoration by someone who doesn’t mind spending that kind of money.

Such a project could go upside down pretty quickly, although these iconic Jags are fetching strong bids at auction, especially for the early models.

Or as some well-heeled collectors are doing these days, keep the Jaguar in its current musty condition to park among your restored classic cars as a conversation piece.