E-type ‘basket case’ project sells for $78,116 in the UK

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Jaguar E-type ‘basket case’ sells for $78,116 in the UK | ClassicCars.com
For $78,116, someone gets to reassemble this 1963 Series I E-type Jaguar | Barons photo

Back in November, we reported that British auction house Barons had consigned a matching-numbers, 1963 Jaguar E-type S1 3.8-liter roadster restoration project to its Christmas Classic sale.

Well, it turns out that the basket-case British sports car — much assembly required — didn’t sell until Barons’ more recent Classic Winter Warmer sale at Sandown Park, where it did sell, and for an auction-topping £56,650 ($78,116), well beyond its pre-sale estimated value.

For that price, the winning bidder receives “a large number of crates alongside the chassis and body panels,” the auction house reported, adding that the bidder also gets “what promises to be a very rewarding project ahead of them.”

The dismantled bits of the Jaguar had been in storage for more than 20 years.

Barons did not report total sales, nor sell-through rate for the auction, its first of 2018.

Top 10 sales, Barons’ Classic Winter Warmer 2018

  1. 1963 Jaguar E-type S1 3.8 roadster project, $78,116
  2. 1991 TVR 450 SEAC, $40,195
  3. 1963 Jaguar MK II, $29,578
  4. 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL, $29,123
  5. 1969 Lotus Series 4 SE, $28,061
  6. 1965 Jaguar MK II, $28,061
  7. 2001 BMW M5, $25,785
  8. 2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label, $24,269
  9. 1980 Ford Escort XR3 (media launch car), $23,207
  10. 1950 Ford V8 Pilot, $18,201
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Barons next sale is its Spring Classic, scheduled for April 21.

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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 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.

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