A 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Coupe, bought by a student in 1976 and stored in a barn for 30 years, is set to make £60k at H&H Classics auction.
It’s still astonishing that ‘Barn Find’ cars turn up on a regular basis now classic cars hold so much cachet and deliver strong prices to owners who decide to empty their barns; you’d think anyone who had a barn with an old car in it would have sorted it long ago.
But they still continue to appear, and this, a 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Coupe, is a little gem, although it may need more than a bit of elbow grease with a tin of T-Cut to get it back to its absolute best.
Kept by its first owner for 14 years, it was bought by a Bristol University student in 1976 – who worked his socks off as a navvy on the new M5 to get the cash – he brought the E-Type up to scratch with a mechanical overhaul and spent several years driving ‘The most beautiful car in the world’.
But he stuck it in a barn in the mid-80s as life’s demands meant playing with an old E-Type was consigned to a box in his head marked ‘putting away childish things’, and there its stayed. Until now.
Now, H&H Classics has it on offer at their Woodcote Park sale on 6 June, where it’s expected to fetch up to £60k. Which will show a decent return for the hard-working student who had the foresight to buy the E-type when it was just an old car.
Showing just 63,000 (unverified) miles, the E-Type is Blue on Blue (not its original colour) with a Jaguar Heritage Trust Production Trace Certificate and original engine, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it fetch more than H&H’s £60k top estimate.