If you’ve got a spare forty grand or so sitting around you might like to get yourself down to the Goodwood Revival Festival in Sussex UK this September, where you can pick up a 1969 series two coupe amongst other desirable classic cars at Bonhams Classic Car Auction.
Lot No: 281
Registration no. JVL 749G
Chassis no. P1R20223
Engine no. 7R4842-9
Estimate: £30,000 – 40,000, € 34,000 – 46,000
About the Jaguar E-Type
Manufactured in April 1969 and first registered ‘XKL 111′, this E-Type Series 2 Coupé was used as a demonstrator by Jaguar agents J R J Mansbridge of Lincoln before being supplied to one W P Miller of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire via Richard A Bellamy of Grismby. The car was originally finished in light blue with red interior.
The E-Type underwent a full ‘last nut and bolt’ restoration in the early 2000s but unfortunately was involved in an accident that damaged the front end, resulting in the need for a new bonnet and engine sub-frame (the bulkhead was undamaged).
In September 2005 Mr Roy Ellis purchased the car from a Universal Vehicle Salvage auction. Classed as a Category C write-off (‘an extensively damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair, but which could be repaired and returned to the road’) it was then restored by John Houghton Mechanical Services in Ilminster using components supplied by various specialists including SC Parts, David Manners, SNG Barrett and Martin Robey.
The current vendor purchased the E-Type in February 2009 and since then has carried out further restoration. There are receipts on file totalling circa £15,000 from Savernake Auto Services for a remanufactured front sub-frame, while a new bonnet was purchased from Racing Jaguar Panels at a cost of £3,218. The latter was then painted by Brookfield Classics of Hinckley, Leicestershire at a cost of £2,530. In addition, all the running gear, suspension and brakes have been restored and the electrics checked and re-wired wherever necessary. The interior is mostly new, with some areas refurbished.
On completion of the repairs the car was submitted for a DVLA Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) and passed successfully, enabling the VIC marker to be removed from the database and a V5C registration document issued. Then, in April 2011, the engine was overhauled (including hardened valve seats) tuned and serviced (photographs on file).
Finished in British Racing Green with cream leather interior, ‘JVL 749G’ currently displays a total of 66,354 miles on the odometer and is described as ‘nearly concours’ by the vendor, with relatively little work required to bring it to perfection. ‘On the button’ and ready to enjoy, this well prepared E-Type is offered with a most substantial file of invoices and restoration photographs, VIC pass, current road fund licence, MoT to 18th November 2011 and Swansea V5C registration document.
The author recommends that specialist Jaguar Classic Car insurance is provisionally obtained for this vehicle prior to removal after purchase.