The elusive “barn find” classic car doesn’t come much better than the dust-covered 1965 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 coupé that will be going under the hammer at Coys’ Fontwell House auction near Chichester on Thursday June 29 (auction at 6pm, viewings 12pm-6pm on June 28 and 10am-6pm on June 29).
The completely original, unrestored car has a rare history of single ownership, having been bought new in Geneva by an Egyptian diplomat called Moustafa Ammar who used it extensively in and around Europe for the following six years, even making the occasional trip home to Egypt (as evinced by petrol receipts recently discovered in the car). Posted to the London embassy in 1971, Ammar took the car with him and had it UK-registered before continuing to use it until 1989, when it was dry-stored following a major engine rebuild.
Untouched since, the E-Type was recently exhumed for the auction and will be offered complete with its 1965 sales invoice and warranty, factory demountable head restraints, period yellow headlamp covers for Continental driving and original driver’s manual. Coys says the car can “easily be mechanically overhauled and made legal to use as is”, and estimates it will fetch £60,000-£80,000.
Also up for grabs will be a rare Jaguar F-Type Project 7, one of just 250 such cars built by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division in 2016. Featuring 100 per cent aluminium bodywork, carbon ceramic brake discs and a specially tuned chassis, it has covered just 103 miles and could realise up to £200,000.
Among the 10 Ferraris on offer will be a 365 GTB/4 Daytona (£560,000-£650,000) that has been professionally converted to open-top “spyder” specification, and a 2004 360 Challenge Stradale (£160,000-£180,000), while other modern exotica include a 2004 McLaren Mercedes Benz SLR (£200,000-£250,000) that has covered just 1,945km, and a 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S that benefits from the desirable (and expensive) Aston Martin works manual gearbox conversion, and is tipped to realise up to £190,000.
Lovers of the more modest classic, however, might be content with a humble but immaculately restored Citroen 2CV AZ (£9,000-£11,000) from 1960. The original “deux chevaux”, it offers a 425cc, twin-cylinder engine, a top speed of around 60mph and that famous roll-back roof.
On Saturday July 15, Coys will stage another sale in the grounds of a stately home, this time at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, birthplace of Winston Churchill. The star of the show is likely to be a Type 37 Bugatti that was bought direct from the works by world land speed record holder Malcolm Campbell in 1926 and swiftly sold on to well-known Brooklands racer WB “Bummer” Scott. It changed hands several times more before remaining in the ownership of Dudley Gahagan from 1940 to 1997, when it was used for everything from hill climbs and speed trials to Continental touring. The current vendor has owned it for 20 years, and expects it to sell for up to £600,000.