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Jaguar Mk1 makes a record £66,000 at Brightwells’ July sale

The Jaguar Mk1 on offer at Brightwells' 15 July sale was one of the last produced in August 1959 shortly before the Mk2 was introduced. Having benefited from around £60,000-worth of refurbishment work over the past 12 years, it is probably one of the finest surviving examples.

It was first restored by Autocats of Rayleigh in 2002 at a cost of £32,000, and then acquired by JD Classics of Chelmsford in 2009 and treated to £28,000-worth of further refreshment. Great care was taken to retain as much of the Mk1's originality as possible, and the result is a stunning looking motor.

An original UK car, it had a virtually complete ownership history and a genuine 65,531 miles on its clock. At Brightwells’ 15 July sale the Jaguar sold for £66,000. That’s £26,000 more than its upper estimate, and the highest price we’ve seen at auction for a Jaguar Mk1 – the only other car that’s exceeded £50,000 is an ex-racer sold by Coys in 2012. 

See the lot listing for the Coys Mk1 Jaguar

The Jaguar Mk1 wasnt the highest achiever at the Brightwells sale, that accolade went to a 1935 Alvis 3.5-litre, one of only two Charlesworth drophead coupes made. Restored over many years, the rare Alvis sold for just over £80,000, nearly £30,000 more than anticipated.

A 1969 Aston Martin DBS with just four owners and no road use in the past 28 years sold for more than expected too. Purchased by the vendor in 1978 for just £4,300, the Aston was driven lightly for nine years before being put into storage where it remained until the auction. It sold for £66,000.

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By Claire Evans

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