1963 Jaguar E-Type found under hedge to sell at auction
A 1963 Jaguar E-Type that was found under a hedge in the village of Bisley in the UK and is apparently attracting plenty of international attention…
ANYONE SCANNING THE classifieds for classic Jaguars will have noted the rise in prices for E-Types, long considered by this writer as the most beautiful car in the world. This particular example, a 1963 Jaguar E-Type, was found under a hedge in the village of Bisley in Surrey, UK.
The car has only travelled 44,870 miles and still has the last registered tax disc (UK registration certificate) which expired in November 1969.
“It is ideal for restoration and is extremely rare,” said valuer James Good at international auctioneers COYS, “It has a great history, including racing, which collectors love.”
The car’s first owner in May 1963 was Ivor Arbiter. Ivor owned Drum City and Sound City in London and was at the centre of the 60s music scene. He was the designer of the ‘drop – T’ logo for The Beatles. Drum City was paid £5 for the design and it was hand painted by local sign writer, Eddie Stokes, who painted bass-drum heads for the store during his lunch hour.
James said: “The Beatles logo is now recognised as one of the most significant and widely reproduced logos in history, and the fact that it was designed by the first owner of this E-Type is not insignificant.”
James added: “This wonderful Series 1, 3.8 E-Type is in original condition, with matching numbers and has never been restored. It retains all the features it carried in 1969 and is possibly one of the most original examples remaining today. The car needs a total restoration but it has all the ingredients to make a superb car – this is a true rarity!!
This fantastic E-Type comes with its original brown log book, V5 and V5C, its last MOT certificate dated November 1968, the sales invoice to Frank Riches for £855 along with the Heritage Certificate confirming all the important details. It also has its original Operating Maintenance & Service Handbook, Service Manual and Spare Parts Catalogue and the original jack.
It will go across the block at the the Spring Classics auction (March 8) with a number of other significant classics, including a 1967 Porsche 912 SWB Coupe, a 1965 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, a 1935 Jaguar SS1 Sports Tourer and a 1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua. Other lots include a 1979 Maserati Khamsin, a VCC Dated 1901, London-to-Brighton Run eligible, 1901 Delin 4HP Voiturette and a 1926 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer By Thrupp & Maberly.
There’s also a range of Ferraris, including a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, a 1992 Ferrari 512TR, 8000km from new, a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT Coupé Coachwork by Scaglietti and design by Pininfarina, a 1997 Ferrari 456 GTA, a 1994 Ferrari 348 TB Speciale and a 2003 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.