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Time-warp, one-family-owned Jaguar E-type on offer at Silverstone’s May sale

After 25 years in the same garage, an outstandingly original 1973 E-type with less than 8,000 miles will go under the hammer at Sliverstone’s 23 May sale.

The manual-gearbox V12 Series III roadster was originally purchased by the vendor’s grandfather in August 1973. It was rarely used and spent much of its life garaged at the family home in Warwickshire.

In 1993 the car was handed down to the vendor’s father, but it remained unused in the same garage. However, it was properly immobilised at this time.

The car came out of storage in 2006 for a service, but was still not used. It was given to the vendor after his father’s death in September 2014. Although it will require recommissioning before use, it is a remarkably original 42-year-old car. Both the interior and soft top are original, and it even has its 1990 tax disc in the dash.

Silverstone Auctions estimates it will sell for £75,000-£90,000, when it goes on offer at the May Sale at the Wing, Silverstone Circuit.

The auction house’s managing director, Nick Whale commented: ‘In my opinion the Series III E-Type is one of the best value classic cars on offer. The market has now recognised these wonderful cars and as such we expect a great amount of interest in this fantastically original, low mileage example.’

Tempting restored classics on offer

A Series I Land Rover restored by marque restoration expert Ken Wheelwright will also be up for grabs at the May Sale. Wheelwright has such a strong reputation that he was commissioned by Stephen Wilks to restore the Series IIA Land Rover that had been presented to his father Maurice in 1965 when he retired as Rover’s chief designer.

The 80-inch Land Rover on offer is expected to achieve £26,000-£28,500.  

Another tempting prospect is a 1967 Austin Mini Cooper with bodywork recently restored by Somerford Mini at a cost of £12,500. The track-day ready racer is kitted out with a 1380cc engine, twin SU carbs and a host of other mods. It’s on a SORN though and will need minor work before going back on the road, so anyone buying it should add a bit extra to the estimate of £22,000-£24,000.  

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By Claire Evans

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