A Jaguar E-Type that had been left untouched in a garage for the last 30 years, and which recently sold for more than four times its expected value, is to be restored back to its original condition by a Midland restoration specialist.
The 1961 ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster, the sixtieth E-Type to leave the production line, will be restored by Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC).
It is one of the earliest 3.8-litre right-hand-drive E-Type roadsters, which remain un-restored with only 65,000 miles covered from new.
These early E-Types were labelled ‘flat floor’ due to the lack of a dropped floor area that increased the leg room and was added in subsequent cars.
It was expected to make £20-30,000 at Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale on April 29 but sold instead for £110,000.
Nick Goldthorp, managing director of CMC, said: “We will restore every detail of the car to bring it back to the original specification. Once finished, it will be just as it left the factory.
“The amazing about this E-Type is that every original part is there, although in a very rusty and corroded condition.”
CMC has restored some of the most historic E-Types, including Lofty England’s Chassis No 4, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight and 1VHP, the first right-hand-drive coupe off the production line.