Restoration projects, ‘barn finds’ among collector cars to be offered at Silverstone’s Sale of British Marques
British car fans looking for projects should pay attention to the Sale of British Marques auction this month in England as a handful of Jaguars needing restoration will seek new homes.
Vintage Jaguars in various degrees of completion or decay will be among the collector cars offered by Silverstone Auctions at the May 11 sale. They include a 1966 E-Type, a 1964 E-Type, a 1959 XK 150 S, and a 1948 XK 120.
The 1966 E-Type is a Series 1 2+2 and has had only one owner since 1967. The car was driven until 1980 when the owner parked it in a garage for almost 40 years. Per the consignment info, the car is a matching-numbers example but is in need of some serious restoration. The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club estimates the car will sell for up to $45,000.
The second E-Type, is a 1964 Series 1 3.8 roadster, and it was found in Hong Kong. The car’s former caretaker had it shipped to the United Kingdom in preparation for restoration, but other projects left it on the backburner. Now, the owner has decided to surrender it to a new buyer.
All of the disassembled roadster’s parts are documented, the auction says, and the odometer shows only 22,631 miles. With such low mileage, look for this example to fetch between $65,000 and $91,000.
The 1959 XK 150 S is one of 86 coupes produced in right-hand drive, according to the auction. It also boasts a manual transmission and a 3.4-liter inline-6 engine. A matching-numbers car, but like the rest, it needs TLC. It sat in storage since 1975, proven by its last valid registration on the windshield dated that year. Its rarity likely will help it bring around $71,000.
Finally, the XK120 is something of a jewel. Only 24 were produced in British Racing Green, and must 194 right-hand-drive coupes were made. The car was found in Denmark before it was sent back to the UK for restoration, and it is expected to bring $45,000 to $58,000.
Silverstone’s Sale of British Marques, held in conjunction with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club meet, takes place in Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, UK.