The 40th Jaguar E-Type ever built, a right-hand-drive 1961 model, hit the auction block and was bought by an anonymous British buyer for 88,000 pounds ($141,310), ITV reports. The Jaguar had been stored at the previous owner's estate, in dry storage, at a derelict farm in Le Mans, France since July 1974.

E-Type chassis No. 860040 was bought by the previous owner in 1969 and was originally gray. But it was driven home to France and painted it in its current aubergine in 1974, before it was put into storage. During that time it was considered missing by experts, but there it sat under a dust sheet car cover for most of its life, so the body is in good condition. The family mechanic said that the car was last started about five years ago, and the engine recently was turned over. Coys auction house describes the original interior, which is also preserved well, as a "time warp."

Chris Routledge of Coys before the auction said, "They're sort of a mythical beast for enthusiast, at the time they were all handmade on special order, so Jaguar collectors look at the first 100 cars in a different way," BBC News reports. He added, "We estimate it to be worth between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds (about $32,100 to $64,200) but our feedback from collectors and interest worldwide suggests it could sell for between 80,000 and 100,000 pounds (about $128,500 to $160,600)." Of course, his revised estimate was right on target.


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      Jack & Vonee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish Jaguar would bring back this body style vs all the angled body styles they currently promote. Enzo Ferrari said it was the most beautiful car ever built. With today's engineering and quality control vs what British Leyland put out ------ I believe it would be a tremendous seller! Tata ---- Are you listening?
      daskon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Had a 63 XKE convertibile. Everyone wanted to stop and look at it. Simply beautiful. Too bad it didn't run as good as it looked. Constantly broke down. Had 3 deuces that would not stay in sinc. Wish I still had it. Traded it for a 68 427 covert vette. Reaslly wish I still had that.
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      k535panther
      • 1 Year Ago
      Electrical problems were the main issue with early Jags!
        canwebesure
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k535panther
        You are right about that. It was "Lucas" electrical as I recall. Had it in 69 Land Rover for two years, pulled all of it and replaced the junk.
          ddstan1120
          • 1 Year Ago
          @canwebesure
          The Lucas Lamp system used on British cars was called "the prince of darkness".
          okie.rider
          • 1 Year Ago
          @canwebesure
          Yeah, Why do the British drink warm beer? answer: They have Lucas refrigerators.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bought a mint coupe cheap in the 80's because it had electrical problems , which was also the reason I sold it.
      brennemanbelkin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worth every penny. One of the most beautiful cars ever built. (Hope the new owner has some mechanical skills.)
      raybigbird62
      • 1 Year Ago
      F.Y.I. : Jaguar used four different Body Numbers (VIN) on the XKE production line. Two for RHD cars and two for LHD cars. RHD Roadster # started @ 8500001, RHD Coupe @ 860001, LHD Roadster @ 875001, LHD Coupe @ 885001. On the website "www.XKEData.com" Car # 8600032 was built on 20 Nov. 1961, on the same date car #'s 850275, 876157 & 885215 were built. Thus by this date, 20 Nov. 1961 when 860040 was built there were: 275+40+1657+215=2187 XKE's built. Yes' this car 860040 was the 40th RHD Coupe built but the 2187th XKE built, not one of the first 100 nor 500. Regards, Ray
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      fezziwigs2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      British cars of that era had Lucas electrics. Known as the prince of darkness for bad lighting circuits, it's also the same reason they drink warm beer.... They all have Lucas refrigerators. I've owned 2 TR-3's, an MGA, a'65 Triumph Spitfire, TR-4 and a series 5 Sunbeam Alpine. You have to love to tinker.
      John Murphy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love my Brit bikes and cars . Even though they are junk
      lthrnck68
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a fairly cheap price for such a classic.
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