Stunning limited edition E-type Jaguar convertible built in 1961 and described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ goes up for auction for $480,000
Car collectors are expected to be driven crazy at an auction which will feature ‘the most beautiful car ever made,’ next month.
The rare E-type Jaguar is one of only 92 built by the luxury car firm – and it is expected to auction for a jaw-dropping £380,000.
The stunning convertible, praised by Italian motor racing driver Enzo Ferrari, was built when Jaguar released the classic model in 1961.
One of the earliest surviving E-type Jaguars dating back to 1961 is coming up to auction this October for £380,000
The blue beauty, which is number 64 of the 92, is to sell with H&H Classics, who have described it as ‘the E-Type in its purest form’.
Of the 92 originally built, 18 models were given to VIPs including officials high up in Jaguar and enthusiasts who could race them.
Another 56 were sent to various specialist dealers, including the roadster which has now emerged for sale once again.
It is not known how many of those survive today, but it is thought to be significantly fewer than left the factory.
The convertible is just one of 92 to be built in it’s earliest specification and was described as the ‘most beautiful car in the world’ by rival boss, Enzo Ferrari
They have given it a pre-sale estimate of between £340,000 and £380,000 and are expecting it to attract a lot of interest when it goes under the hammer.
Unsurprisingly given how desirable early E-Types are, the Jaguar has changed hands several times down the years and has been the subject of multiple restorations.
The most recent, which has recently concluded, saw the car returned to its former glory, with its original blue paintwork.
It is not known how many miles the car has done altogether, but it is known to have done 11,000 since it was first restored in the 1980s.
The car has a pale blue body with chrome trim, a navy blue folding roof and pristine wire wheels.
It is also fitted with an external bonnet lock, adding to its appeal among hardcore collectors.
Inside it has a grey and blue interior and under the bonnet is a perfectly kept 3.8l engine.
The Jaguar has changed hands several times down the years and has been the subject of multiple restorations and was returned to its original blue paintwork
It is not known how many miles the car has done altogether, but it is known to have done 11,000 since it was first restored in the 1980s
When Jaguar first released the E-type in March 1961, Enzo Ferrari described it as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ and H&H are hoping the early incarnation will perform well when it goes to sale.
Damien Jones, of the sales team at H&H, said: ‘I can’t say exactly how many of these E-Types are left but it won’t be many, that’s for sure.
‘Just 92 were ever built and they are incredibly desirable and sought after.
The blue beauty, which is number 64 of the 92, is to sell with H&H Classics, who have described it as ‘the E-Type in its purest form’
‘In this early form, with an external bonnet lock, is pretty much the E-Type in it’s purest form and we’re expecting there to be a lot of interest in it.
‘It’s been recently restored and is absolutely bang on so we’d expect it to perform well at sale.’
The sale takes place on October 17 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, in Cambridgeshire.
An old photo shows the stunning car showing off its pristine wire wheels which is destined to fetch thousands when a new one in the modern day would far less