As the values of vintage cars continue their dizzying climb, more original “barnfinds” are worming their way out of the woodwork for a quick stint on the auction block. This auction season is no different. At H&H’s upcoming Imperial War Museum sale, the British auction house features a very dirty, but very complete 1964 Jaguar E-Type Coupe.
According to the catalogue description, this Jag hasn’t seen daylight in four decades. The E-Type was purchased by its second owner in 1970, and remained in their custody until recently. The car was mothballed in the mid-1970s, with just 52,000 miles resting on the clock.
While the car hasn’t been driven with any sort of frequency since the ‘70s, H&H estimates the 3.8-liter inline-six engine hasn’t run in 15 years. Externally, the car is in shabby but complete condition, with decades of dust, dirt, and grime built up on the handsome bodywork. Underneath the front clamshell, the engine appears to have served as a warm and dry home for a family of field mice.
Inside, it’s a different story. The leather is stressed in some places, but it appears pliant and unbroken. Every surface appears to have a pleasant worn-in appearance, with just simple steam cleaning necessary to bring the cabin back to usable spec.
Though the interior is serviceable and the car is considered to be complete, the buyer will end up dropping a fat stack of cash getting this relic back to roadworthy condition. A full factory-fresh restoration is absolutely possible, but we’d prefer to see a simple mechanical refresh and a deep detail job.
Thanks to the condition, this E-Type is expected to claim just $55,000 at the high-end. Check out this Jag and many, many other classic cars at H&H’s Imperial War Museum sale next week.