RARE FIND! This 1972 Jaguar E-type sold for almost R800 000 at an auction, double its estimate price. Image: Jaguar
LONDON, England - A 1972 one-owner Jaguar E-type S3 FHC stormed past the expected prices equivalent to around R300 000 to sell for R787 000 at Barons’ British Heritage sale at in England.
The car was part of the collection of the late David Cheeseman and attracted huge interest, with bids coming in over the internet, from three phone bidders and from bidders in the bustling saleroom itself. Jaguar announced in May 2014 that it would recreate six new 'lightweights', each built by Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new special operations division.
JAGUARS FEATURE EXTENSIVELY
As is usual with Barons, Jaguars featured heavily and the R240 000 paid for a beautifully presented XJ6 Series 2 short-wheelsbase sedan with a top estimate of the equivalent of R175 000.
The bright red E-type S3 Roadster, in the same ownership for 29 years and which had covered lesds than 100 000km, just nudged over top estimate to achieve R730 000, the six Weber twin-choke carburettors possibly putting off the Jaguar purist who might have driven the price even higher.
Barons British Heritage Sale is now in its 13th year. The selection of cars on offer at this the most recent sale spanned British cars from the 1920 to modern. The most written-about lot was the 1984 ‘garage find’ Austin Maestro with only 164km on its clock. The ‘delivery’ mileage and fascinating story helped this virtually as-new car achieve an excellent equivalent to R56 000.