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Classic Jaguar E-Type up for grabs

IT IS the stunningly sexy sports car of which Frank Sinatra is reputed to have said: ‘I want that car and I want it now.’

During the Swinging Sixties the E-Type was also driven by a string of Hollywood stars and celebrities including Steve McQueen, Tony Curtis, Britt Ekland and Brigitte Bardot.

Now this iconic Jaguar E-Type – voted best car of the 20th century – has racked up just 1.733 miles in its 47-year-life.

It was named as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ by Enzo Ferrari and is a true British classic.

Classic Jaguar E-Type up for grabs
Classic Jaguar E-Type up for grabs

And this rare and barely-used example is set to sell for £150,000 at auction – three times the amount normally expected for a Series 2 2+2 E-Type.

The regency red Jag was bought new in 1969 by businessman Peter Ashcroft who scarcely drove it before placing it in storage at his home in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

It remained there for 24 years until he commissioned a £25,000 ‘nuts and bolt’ restoration which took eight years to complete.

Even after it was restored to its former glory, the eccentric owner only clocked up five miles in it before his death earlier this year.

Jaguar stopped making the E-Type in 1975 meaning almost all remaining models have done over 100,000 miles, making this example immensely rare.

In addition to its low mileage, it’s a ‘matching numbers machine’, which means it still bears its major factory-fitted components.

E-Types are among the most highly sought after models in the world due to their lofty standing in automotive history as one of the most iconic of all time.

Damian Jones, of H&H Classics, said: “I have never come across an E-Type with a mileage as low as this one.

“While it’s impossible to know for definite if there are any others with fewer on the clock it’s fair to say this is right up there.

“The E-Type is quite simply one of the best cars ever made and the market for them today is as strong as ever.

“We expect this to do very well when it goes under the hammer.”

The sale takes place at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambs, on July 26.

Phil Lanning

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