With the Jaguar E-Type routinely topping lists for being the most beautiful or most desirable classic car of all, those heading to auction already attract plenty of attention. However, this particular ‘flat floor’ Coupe may prove to be even more attractive when it rolls across the Silverstone Auctions block on Saturday.
Wearing chassis number of #86100, this is believed to be the 100th right-hand drive E-Type Coupe ever built, having been delivered to Gerald Barton of Hull in late December 1961.
Jaguar had deliberately limited supply of the E-Type, generating press coverage and stimulating demand even further. As a keen Jaguar enthusiast, Mr Barton got his order in quickly it seems, and was able to collect his 3.8-litre E-Type just four days before Christmas.
Originally delivered in Opalescent Silver Blue, 1436 WF remained with Mr Barton until 1965. By that point family requirements dictated he buy something more practical, subsequently part-exchanging the E-Type for a new Jaguar MkII saloon. The E-Type would remain in the Yorkshire area until 1976 when it journeyed north to Glasgow, where it would stay until 2002.
During its time north of the border, 1436 WF was given plans for restoration by its then owner. This included painting it red, but other work was stopped due to an apparent lack of funds. A subsequent owner helped get the car running again, before selling it on again to its current vendor in 2003, with whom the car has undergone a more thorough process of care and attention.
The ‘flat floor’ straight-six engine has been subject to a complete rebuild, along with the brakes and rear axle also being overhauled. The interior has been retrimmed, whilst the paintwork has been redone in Carmen Red. A new stainless steel exhaust system and fuel tank have been fitted, yet despite all the work, 1436 WF has only covered 1,200 miles since it being completed in 2004.
Although described as not in concours condition, Silverstone Auctions reckons this could be a perfectly usable E-Type, not least due to the fact it passed its MOT last month with no advisories. With more than £14,000 worth of receipts in recent work, plus the added desirability of being the 100th right-hand drive E-Type Coupe, an auction estimate of £80,000 to £100,000 seems easily achievable this weekend.
Other cars up for grabs at Saturday’s auction, held at the Silverstone race circuit, include a rare Renault 5 Turbo 2, a Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM, and a UK-supplied Ford GT supercar.