Perhaps MotorMartin should include a section that deals solely with classic car auction news as there certainly appears to be a lot of excellent cars coming up for auction in the various sales occurring the length and breadth of these green and pleasant lands that we frequent. Indeed, MotorMartin and MotorMartin’s excellent director of cinematography, the elusive Mr S, can often be found spending a happy summer afternoon searching out that elusive auction bargain.

That said, with what could quite easily turn out to be the auction buy of the year so far, news has arrived at MotorMartin Towers that a highly collectible, family owned 1972 Jaguar E-Type ‘barn find’ will be offered for sale at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale on 24th September at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

Classic Car Auctions’ have shared with MotorMartin that this iconic Series III V12 Roadster, finished in yellow with a black leather interior, has been sitting dormant in a barn for 20 years having been passed down through the generations of one Carlisle family.

The car was first registered on 3rd November 1972 and bought by a Carlisle based chemist in 1976. As a self-confessed Jaguar fanatic with other cars already in his personal collection, he used the Series III E-Type to enjoy the summer months driving with the top down, sporting his very own personalised number plate, FW V12.

It was later passed on to his wife in 1982 before it was gifted to their son on his 30th birthday in February 2007. With fond memories of childhood family trips to the Lake District, the car was carefully tucked away under plastic sheeting in a dry barn.

Now set to emerge from the barn where it has been stored for two decades, with twenty year old air still in the tyres, the much loved E-Type is expected to sell for between £35,000 and £40,000 at auction and will be a great buy for someone at that guided price in MotorMartin’s opinion.

“My dad loved cars and race days. It will be sad to see the car go but now it can be brought back to life and enjoyed, as it should be,” commented the E-Type’s current owner.

The E-Type remains complete with all parts of the engine, body work, interior and original features present, with the interior in surprisingly good condition with no obvious signs of wear, and an odometer reading of 43,285 miles. Incredible.

“Jaguar E-Types are among the most sought after and collectible classic cars on the market today, and the Series III represents excellent value,” explained Guy Lees-Milne, auction manager at CCA to MotorMartin recently. “Naturally, a barn find like this is in need of some attention, but it will make a very exciting project and we expect bidders to be out in force for a chance at an opportunity like this one.”

Naturally, the car features a 5.3 L Jaguar V12 engine, manual transmission, uprated brakes, standard power steering, and air conditioning, as well as the distinctive large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, four exhaust tips and V12 badge on the rear and even after it’s enforced hibernation, still looks fantastic.

To find out more about the 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster and CCA’s September Sale please visit MotorMartin certainly recommends that you do.

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