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Another Jaguar E-type barn find up for auction

Published 22 September 2016

A family-owned 1972 Jaguar E-Type ‘barn find’ is heading to auction. The 1972 Series 3 V12 Roadster will be offered for sale at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale on 24 September at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

Finished in yellow with a black leather interior, the Big Cat has been sitting dormant in a barn for 20 years having been passed down through the generations of one Carlisle family.

The car was first registered on 3 November, 1972, and bought by a Carlisle-based chemist in 1976. As a self-confessed Jaguar fanatic with other cars already in his personal collection, he used the Series III E-type to enjoy the summer months driving with the top down, sporting his very own personalised number plate, FW V12.

It was later passed on to his wife in 1982 before it was gifted to their son on his 30th birthday in February 2007. With fond memories of childhood family trips to the Lake District, the car was carefully tucked away under plastic sheeting in a dry barn.

1972 Jaguar E-type SIII V12 Roadster Interior 2MR (1)

Now set to emerge from the barn where it has been stored for two decades, with 20-year-old air still in the tyres, the much-loved E-type is expected to sell for between £35,000 and £40,000 at auction.

The E-type’s current owner, said, ‘My dad loved cars and race days. It will be sad to see the car go but now it can be brought back to life and enjoyed, as it should be.’

The car remains complete with all parts of the engine, bodywork, interior and original features present, with the interior in surprisingly good condition with no obvious signs of wear, and an odometer reading of 43,285 miles.

Guy Lees-Milne, auction manager at CCA, said, ‘Jaguar E-types are among the most sought after and collectible classic cars on the market today, and the Series III represents excellent value,’ comments Guy Lees-Milne, auction manager at CCA. ‘Naturally, a barn find like this is in need of some attention, but it will make a very exciting project and we expect bidders to be out in force for a chance at an opportunity like this one.’

The car features a 5.3-litre Jaguar V12 engine, manual transmission, uprated brakes, standard power steering, and air conditioning, as well as the distinctive large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheelarches, four exhaust tips and V12 badge on the rear.

To find out more about the 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 Roadster and CCA’s September Sale visit


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