Big Cats Need Rehoming: Barn-Find Jaguar E-Type to Rival Restored XK150 at Auction

Big Cats Need Rehoming: Barn-Find Jaguar E-Type to Rival Restored XK150 at Auction
Top, E-Type; lower, XK 150
(Courtesy H&H)

Two classic Jaguars in completely different states of repair will be rivalling each other in the next H&H auction.

The two big cats are similar in age, but could hardly be more different. One is a fully-restored XK150, looking very much like it would have done when it left the showroom in 1959. The other is a 1964 E-Type in need of much restoration: it was found after decades in a barn, its red paint covered in dust and grime. Both will be offered at the Duxford Imperial War Museum on October 12.

The late owner of the 3.8-liter E-Type Coupe bought it for his wife in 1970, and since the mid-1970s it has been stored and unused. Its last MOT certificate of roadworthiness was issued in 1973 at 50,000 miles, and it has not even been started for 15 years. It is estimated to sell for £35,000 to £45,000 (about $59,000).

The older XK150 SE 3.4 Liter Drophead Coupe is likely to sell for £135,000 to £165,000. It has covered less than 200 miles since a show quality restoration by marque specialists XK Engineering, uprated with a later four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox. Its special equipment includes wire wheels and twin exhaust pipes, and it is one of only some 600 made.

The last Jaguar to carry a separate chassis, the XK150 boasted a larger, wrap-around single-piece windscreen.

The sale also includes the already-announced Rolls-Royce estimated at £10,000 to £15,000 and once owned by the late soccer star George Best.

The H&H auction will take place on October 12 at Duxford IWM.