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Time-warp Jaguar E-type tops £118,000 at Brightwells’ September sale

It’s not unusual for E-types to sell for more than £100,000 at auction, but they’re usually pristine, freshly restored drop head coupes, the car sold at Brightwells 23 September sale was a fixed-head coupe in unrestored condition. What made this car so special was the fact that it was remarkably original.

The 1962 Series 1 car had been owned by one fastidious owner from new until 2005, and had covered just 31,216 miles in its 53-year life. It had been fitted with a correct replacement engine early in its life and had an upgraded brake servo, but it retained many original items including its Lucas PL headlamps, Britax seatbelts and Radiomobile radio. Sold with its original matching red three-piece luggage set, a collector’s item in its own right, the 1962 E-type went for £118,800, nearly £30,000 above its estimate.

In contrast, the second highest achiever of the Brightwells’ September sale was a meticulously restored classic. The 1930 Invicta 4.5-litre Type A fixed-head coupe had been treated to a total renovation of the chassis, body and all mechanical parts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It sold for £107,800.

Another rare classic – a BMW E9 3.0CS coupe - also made good money. The 1971 car had a believed 42,500 miles on the clock and was recommissioned prior to the sale after spending the last few years in a Carcoon. It sold for just over £28,000 - £8,000 more than expected. 

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By Claire Evans

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