Two extremely early E-Type Jaguars are going under the hammer

They will be sold as separate lots at the Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction

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The auction will take place on the 31st July - 2nd August and as the title suggests it will contain what many people believe to be the holy grail among British classic sports cars.

These cars have been owned and cherished by separate collectors for over 20 years. Now though, they will be up for the highest bidder providing that their pockets are deep enough.

The search for these matching E-type unicorns began in 1990 for car connoisseur, Paul Webb, a passionate collector who specialised in dealing with E-Types since the early 1970s. He set out on a hunt to find two matching Jags that still retained all of their original features.

The first, a 1961 “Flat Floor” E-Type Coupe - the 249th ever built

Paul was situated in California when he came across this almost perfect E-Type Coupe. According to sources he found this car with its original owner who had only driven it for 49,000 miles from new.

At the time it had been off of the road since 1985 relaxing in the perfect climate to stay preserved, the Californian sun. As soon as he saw the opportunity Paul snapped up this classic and in 1997 he imported it to the UK to take up it's throne in his own museum among his special Jaguar collection.

Back in the UK Paul had the seats re-trimmed to their original beige colour after the Californian heat had dried out the leather.

The second is a “Flat Floor” E-Type Roadster - the 598th build

For Paul, the lure of of owning matching E-Types was too great and so he continued his search across America and Arizona.

In the early 2000's Paul struck gold and found an almost identical E-Type even down to the interior trim.

This car too had retained all of it's original features down to the factory stamps on the bonnet and had only 74,414 miles on the clock from new. The only work the car had seen so far in its lifetime was a lick of paint on the bodywork.

Paul jumped at the chance and soon bought and moved the Roadster to his museum where he had the interior trim restored to it's former glory like his Coupe.

After decades of museum preservation both cars had been recommissioned to running and driving condition. The current owner of these two early production unicorns first saw them in 2004 where shortly after he managed to acquire them for his own collection.

These two beautiful classics will be offered up to lucky auction goers as separate lots with no reserve. Rest assured though, they will not go cheap.

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Comments (2)

  • This hammer they are going under... not grand-piano shaped by any chance? Is it Chump Auctioneers, because if so, keep your eyes aloft in case of low flying chamber-orchestral instrumentation?

      6 months ago
  • Very nice.

      6 months ago