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2013-10-21 10:54

RARE JAG UP FOR AUCTION: A 1961 Jaguar E-type, undisturbed for 39 years, could be yours at the upcoming Coys Spirit of Motoring auction. Image: COYS

LONDON, England - A Jaguar E-type and an XK120 will go under the hammer at Coys Spirit of Motoring auction at the Ascot race course in England on October 26 2013.

The E-type (Chassis number 4) was left in a barn in Le Mans, France in 1974 and was discovered by Coys in October 2013. The classic Jaguar, valued from R474 000 - R633 000, has never moved in 39 years although Coys reports that the engine was fired up five years ago.

Gallery: Coys Jaguar E-type and XK120 Roadster

Coys managing partner Chris Routledge said: “This is a really amazing find which has the Jaguar world really excited. The 1961 car is in amazing condition considering where it was left and interest is going off the scale."


He added: “This is not the only Jaguar find - we are also selling an XK120 Roadster reported to have a competition history that was found in a lock-up near London. The last XK we sold in this condition made more than R1.4-million and we expect the E-type to do exceptionally well.

“E-types have been increasingly sought-after since the 50th anniversary of the marque with collectors looking for early Series 1 chassis numbers.”

The XK120 is valued from R237 000 - R395 000.

Other cars featured in the auction will include a rare Connaught L3 racing car from the collection of Judas Priest musician Ian Hill, a Jensen Interceptor, a Vignale FF and a Ford Model T Speedster.

Coys will also be offering a Bentley Eight belonging to British TV legend Bruce Forsyth.

Routledge said: “After the landmark sale of the Douglas Potter Jaguar in April 2013, it is fantastic to be able to sell two more rare Jaguars which have lain undisturbed for so many years."

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