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It turns out it’s not just the celebrity connection that makes this Jaguar E-type Roadster really rather special.
And, we promise, no more puns…
This Sherwood Green 1961 drop-top E-type has been consigned to Silverstone Auctions’ Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction on 31 July and 1 August from actor and comedian Steve Coogan’s collection, and with an eye-watering £300-350,000 pre-sale estimate, it is clearly a special example.
The car you see here is chassis number 62.
It is one of the first 92 right-hand-drive E-types with outside bonnet locks, and one of the 56 used as dealer demonstrators – plus this was the first in Scotland.
It went there in July ’61, to the marque’s Edinburgh dealership, but the dealers weren’t permitted to sell these until September, and eight days into that month, it was registered to its first owner.
Owner number one lived in North Berwick, eventually selling it in 1978 to its next custodian, this time in Edinburgh.
Number 62 moved to Fife with its third keeper, before returning to Edinburgh, and in later years, TV presenter Quentin Willson helped Coogan acquire it.
A matching-numbers car, it retains its full flat floor, bonnet louvres, split throttle linkage and all the other details that mark it out as a very early E-type.
In 2017 it was the subject of a two-year, nut-and-bolt restoration, and Sherwood Green with a green-leather interior and French Grey roof are its original colours, plus it comes to auction with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate
“Where do I start, this really is a fabulous car of the highest quality. The history that accompanies it is just perfect, the restoration speaks for itself and has been fully documented,” said Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director.
“Steve has kept this car in pristine condition in his own personal collection.”
Check out the full lot list from Silverstone Auctions’ forthcoming sale here.