Six E-Types line up for Motor Sport Hall of Fame Auction

25/05/2017     Cars, Video


Collective Estimate: £500,000, in the £3.75m classic car sale

H&H Classics, the leading classic car auction house, will host its first auction in partnership with Motor Sport Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’ event at the Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park in Surrey on June 6th. Among the stunning cars on offer are no fewer than six E-Type Jaguars including a very recent ‘barnfind’: 

Blue 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Coupe. Estimate: £50,000 – 60,000. 

This ‘barnfind’ car has matching chassis and engine numbers (cylinder block and cylinder head). It was supplied new by Western Motors of Bristol to A.E. Powell Esq and has been in its current ownership since August 1976. The car shows  a credible  63,000 miles on the odometer

It has been barn-stored since the mid / late 1980s and was last started in 2001. It is now seeking a new owner for the first time in 41 years.

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 Salvadori amongst others, helped to cement its reputation as a most desirable car. 

The low-slung two-seater could reputedly sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. While any E-type Fixed Head Coupe is desirable, the lithesome free-revving 3.8 litre cars enjoy a particularly exalted status. Dating from early in the production cycle before Jaguar responded to popular demand for greater comfort and refinement, they arguably represent the automotive icon in its purest form.

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 23rd August 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. 

Pale Primrose Yellow 1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster with black seats estimated to sell for £105,000 – £125,000.

Supplied new to America and still able to boast matching chassis, engine and body numbers, this former concours award winner has just had its paintwork refreshed by Stallion Motors of Beeston.

For many people, the E-Type remains the ultimate production Jaguar. A car whose heady blend of styling and performance were so exceptional at its 1961 Geneva Motor Show launch they continue to cast a smooth, elliptical shadow over the marque's new sports cars some 56 years later! Its Malcolm Sayer-penned lines are thought by many to be among the most striking ever to adorn a motor car. Indeed, only a few years ago the Daily Telegraph ranked the E-Type top of the '100 most beautiful cars of all time' and, of course, none other than Enzo Ferrari beat them to it by many years when he similarly described it as 'the most beautiful car ever made'.

Like the XK150 before it, it was born of Jaguar's competition successes on the race tracks of Europe. Make no mistake, this was no ordinary motorcar - it was a true thoroughbred. Some 5,979 left-hand drive E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadsters were made prior to the introduction of the so-called Series 1.5 cars (a modest amount even compared to current Ferrari 488 production numbers).

1974 Jaguar E-Type E-Type V12 Roadster. Estimate: £68,000 – £85,000.

This smart looking E-Type V12 Roadster is fitted with automatic transmission and was sold new to America as a left hand drive example.  The vendor acquired the car in Dallas, Texas, in 2015. It was brought to England and the former engineer vendor immediately commenced a restoration.  The work was completed in early 2017 and is documented in a photograph album that shows the car as purchased in Dallas, and then in various stages of rejuvenation in England.  The restoration included various light body repairs, some new floor sections, a repaint, new leather and carpets to the interior, and a new folding roof.  Mechanical rejuvenation apparently included an overhaul of the differential, new brake and fuel lines, and a new brake servo all costing c.£31,000.

1969 Yellow Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster. Estimate £45,000 – £55,000.

One of just 776 RHD examples made and supplied new to Jersey, as a personal export delivery for Mr Forest. Current ownership since 1992, credible but unwarranted 87,000 recorded miles and MOT'd till March 2018. 'Matching' chassis and engine numbers, Black leather upholstery and JDHT Certificate.

Introduced in August 1968, the Series II version of Jaguar's immortal E-Type sported redesigned bumpers and lights. Less noticeable was its enlarged front air intake which in conjunction with dual cooling fans made the newcomer better behaved in hot weather and heavy traffic. With its 4235cc DOHC straight-six engine developing a quoted 265bhp/283lbft, the Jaguar was reputedly capable of nearly 150mph and 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds. Available in open two-seater, fixed-head two-seater and fixed-head 2+2-seater guises, the American market accounted for the bulk of Series II production. Indeed, just 776 of the 8,627 open two-seaters made were to right-hand drive specification.

Still propelled by its original 'matching numbers' engine, the vendor says that he will be driving 'SKR 97G' the fifty odd miles from his home to Woodcote Park. A worthwhile project, this rare RHD Roadster is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, Heritage Certificate, current MOT certificate valid until March 2018 and sundry paperwork including old MOTs back to 1985 (at 63,764 miles).

Red, 1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 2+2. Estimate: £45,000 - £55,000

The E-Type's Malcolm Sayer-penned lines are thought by many to be among the most striking ever to adorn a motor car. Indeed, only a few years ago the Daily Telegraph ranked the E-Type top in a pole of the '100 most beautiful cars of all time'. The E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in the USA, made its debut at the 1961 Geneva Salon where its unique combination of grace and pace stole the show. From birth, the car was available as a Fixed Head Coupe or a two-seat Roadster. At launch the new Jaguar was the fastest production car of its time - its 3.8-litre straight six engine allowing a 0-60mph acceleration time of around seven seconds and a top speed of circa 150mph. Despite this, the engine size was increased from 3.8 to 4.2-litres in October 1964 and, with the change, came a sweeter all-synchromesh gearbox, better brakes and more comfortable seats. The Series 2 models introduced in 1969 are distinguished by their lack of headlamp covers, enlarged front air intake, repositioned front indicators and tail lights, wrap-around rear bumper, twin-electric fans, uprated brakes and refashioned facia and seats. 

Dispatched from Browns lane on the 27th November 1969 to British Leyland, New York, USA, 'ANM 59H' is finished in Red matched to Biscuit interior and arrived back in the UK in 1985. It's understood at this stage it was converted to RHD and fitted with triple SU Carburettors followed by an extensive restoration in the late 1980's. Displaying a credible 90,300 miles and having just one former UK keeper, 'ANM 59H' is a previous Jaguar Drivers Club concours winner and is fitted with electronic ignition. Offered with every MOT certificate from 1985 onwards, collection of old tax discs, original handbook and Jaguar heritage certificate this much-loved example is described by the vendor to be 'very good' in regard to the engine, interior, paintwork, bodywork and gearbox and is offered with an MOT certificate into September 2017 with no-advisories. 

H&H will hold auctions at the Motor Sport event in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  The event provides a glittering occasion attended by leading motorsport personalities to honour the giants of motor sport. Previous winners of the Hall of Fame Awards include legendary names – Tazio Nuvolari, Enzo Ferrari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Tony Brooks and Ron Dennis.

Blue 1964 Jaguar  E-Type 3.8 Coupe. Estimate: £115,000 – £130,000

Ever since the celebration of their 50th anniversary back in 2011, E-Types have represented ever stronger currency, as befits the motorcar described at birth by none other than Enzo Ferrari as 'the most beautiful car in the world'. In common with most appreciating automotive assets, it is the early versions that are the most sought after, and in the E-Type's case this means the 3.8-engined Series 1 cars which, from the time of the 1961 launch at the Geneva Salon, were available in either Roadster or Fixed Head Coupe guise.

Most examples of Jaguar's comely cat have been restored by now, and 'ONW 239B' is no exception. The work was undertaken last year by Mark Waud of Yorkshire Classic Cars, who the vendor describes as having 'a formidable reputation for superb workmanship'.

The restoration remains sufficiently fresh that the refurbished engine is yet to be run in, and the vendor unsurprisingly still classes the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, six-cylinder XK engine and new manual gearbox as all being in 'excellent' condition. The indicated mileage of this now pristine Jaguar stands at an eminently plausible 72,000 miles. Offered with Jaguar heritage certificate and a large collection of invoices, this fine-looking motorcar, 'ONW 239B' is now ready for somebody new to enjoy.