HomeThe MarketAssembly required: Barons has ’63 Jag E-type restoration project on its docket

Assembly required: Barons has ’63 Jag E-type restoration project on its docket


Remember how much fun you had as a kid building model cars? Well, British auction house Barons has a grown-up do-it-yourself car kit on the docket for its annual Christmas Classic sale taking place December 12 at Sandown Park.

One of the consignments for the auction is a 1963 Jaguar E-type S1 3.8-liter roadster, a restoration project in matching-number pieces that have been stored for more than 20 years. Of course, some assembly is required, but for a pre-auction estimated value of £35,000 to £45,000 ($46,500 to $60,000), the car figures to be a bargain for the right buyer.

Prefer your E-type ready to drive? Barons’ docket includes a 1962 Series 1 fixed-head coupe that’s appeared on the BBC’s Top Gear television show. Estimated value of that one is £130,000 to £150,000 ($173,000 to $200,000).

Barons has 1963 Jag E-type restoration project on docket | ClassicCars
1961 Frisky Prince believed to be one of only two remaining

Also on the docket is a 1961 Frisky Prince three-wheeler, one of only two such vehicles known to still exist, and the other one isn’t even in the UK (it’s in the USA). According to Barons, the car being offered for sale was purchased by the consignor’s father. But just two years later the father became fascinated with a newly purchased Trojan bubble car and the Prince went into storage — for the next 50 years.

After his father’s death, the consignor decided to put the Prince back on the road and was able to work with Cummings Power Generator, which bought out Frisky-builder Petbow, to get the car roadworthy. Pre-sale estimate for the one-family Prince is £13,000 to £16,000 ($17,250 to $21,300).

Barons has 1963 Jag E-type restoration project on docket | ClassicCars
1934 Alvis Speed needs some work

Other highlights of the sale include a one-owner (a female owner), 21,000-mile 1989 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI; a “carefully restored” 1956 Jensen 541; and a barn-found, Cross and Ellis-bodied 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB that awaits restoration. Another barn-found offering awaiting restoration is a 1954 Morris Minor 1000.

The docket also includes three 1/8-scale models by Pocher of Italy that Barons says would be delightful under the Christmas tree: a 1934 “Star of India” Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo, a James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (with ejector seat) and a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K with leather seats, working rear brakes, steering and a turning crankshaft.

For more information, visit the Barons’ website.

Larry Edsall
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 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. HI Larry I used to sell BMC parts for a living so I can tell you certain sure that there’s no such thing as a 1954 Morris Minor 1000 as the 948cc motor wasn’t introduced till 1956 at the same time as the one piece windscreen. Prior to that, all Morris Minors (including the Series II sold in 1954) had split windscreens.

    These days you have only to enter a number plate into the computer and the clerk knows all he needs but back in the ’70s, establishing exactly what the customer had often took some time.

    One chap insisted that his 1950 Morris Minor WAS a Minor 1000 because he’d put the 1000cc motor in it himself. I pointed out that if he’d put a Chev V8 in it, that wouldn’t make the car a Chev Belair.


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