Rusty E-Type found in shed could fetch £25,000 at auction

By Matthew Bates 17/08 Updated: 17/08 11:26

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Junior valuer Elizabeth Bailey with the Jaguar E-Type, which could fetch £25,000 at auction. Previous owners include European royalty.

A RARE sports car uncovered in a shed is expected to sell for up to £25,000 at auction.

The convertible Jaguar E Type, built in Coventry back in 1964, had sat in a lock up for 20 years before going on sale next month.

It will need extensive restoration work from its new owner after minor rusting set in but valuer Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers, branded it a remarkable find.

Previous owners include distant member of the Austro Hungarian Royal Family, Joseph James Von Wunschen Senior, who bought it in 1993 before leaving it in a Staffordshire lock-up where it has sat - undriven - ever since.

It was originally purchased in May 1964 - three years after it was unveiled to the world at the Geneva motor show in Switzerland - and is a Series 1 3.8-litre with a six-cylinder engine.

The E Type featured a double overhead cam engine, fully independent rear suspension and four wheel disc, and can be recognised by glass-covered headlights and red leather bucket seats.

Mr Hanson said: "I immediately recognised the Jaguar E type since it is one of the most exciting cars ever made.

"With fine lines and styling and of great speed, the E type captures a flair in design from the early 1960s."

Auctioneers hope collectors of British luxury sports cars will be keen on the model when it is auctioned off in Derbyshire by Hansons.

It is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000.

For more details visit hansonsauctioneers.co.uk or call 01283 733 988.

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