Barn-found Jaguars going to ‘Restoration’ auction

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Barn-found 1958 Jaguar XK150 drop top | Silverstone Auctions photos
Barn-found 1958 Jaguar XK150 drop top | Silverstone Auctions photos
Barn-found 1958 Jaguar XK150 drop top | Silverstone Auctions photos

A pair of 1958 Jaguar XK150s — one a drop-head coupe, the other a fixed-head coupe, are among the featured vehicles for the inaugural Restoration Show Sale to be held April 12 by Silverstone Auctions at the NEC in Birmingham, England.

“It’s thrilling to be able to offer such exiting cars at this brand new auction,” said Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “With barn find cars the potential subject of much intrigue, the models could prove to be a fantastic investment.”

1958 fixed-head Jaguar XK150
1958 fixed-head Jaguar XK150

The drop-head coupe is the 74th example of the 622 such right-hand drive cars built by Jaguar. In the 1980s the car was purchased by an Italian collector and exported to Sicily, where it was discovered recently among a trove of British sports cars. The car was repatriated back to the UK where a vendor had the intention of doing a restoration. However, because of more pressing priorities, the car is being sent to the auction.

Meanwhile, the fixed-head coupe originally was purchased by Alan Eccles, a well-known racing driver and garage owner in West Bromwich, England. When he took what he thought would be a temporary job overseas in 1969, Eccles stored the car in the barn at his home. Forty years later, the car finally emerged and is headed to auction.

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Among the other vehicles already consigned to the auction are a 1937 MG TA, a 1953 Citroen Traction Avant 11B, a 1961 Lancia Flavia Vignale by Hooper, a 1956 Morris Cowley saloon, and a Lagonda V12 Hooper two-door saloon.

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.