Could this be your ultimate Jaguar E-type barn find?

H&H Classics to offer legitimate barn-find 1962 Jaguar E-Type at its Buxton, Derbyshire, sale on July 19. Here's what we know so far

1983 was a big year for global events. Besides seeing in a landslide election for Thatcher's Government and the introduction of the pound coin, we also said farewell to David Niven and the last of Hammer Horror's camp film greats – House of the Long Shadows.

Not that this 1962 Jaguar E-type Series I saw any of that, having already languished in a barn for a year. In fact, 35 years on it was still there, hiding away under decades of wood shavings and dust. Tony Blair changed the face of politics whereas the global financial crisis had stopped the world in its tracks, without the E-type having turned a wheel.

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Recently, the svelte curves of 399 ELC have been extracted from its dank home in Moray, Scotland – but not for the scrap merchant to enjoy. Rather, it's heading under the hammer with H&H Auctions during their Pavilion Gardens Motor Car Auction on July 19. You can view the full lot here.

To be auctioned with no reserve, carrying an estimate of £30,000 to £40,000, the Jaguar is apparently original in every aspect. Not just that, but there's also the benefit of a heritage certificate and matching numbers.

Unlike most legitimate barn finds, it also has the V5C, too. The private plate – 399 ELC – will be included in the sale also.

Roger Nowell of H&H Classics was fortunate enough to make the scintillating discovery and commented: ‘The joy of this job is that now and then you stumble across a car that you just know is going to excite other car lovers as much as it excites you.

'This E-Type is such an iconic symbol of its time and our motoring history. It was utterly revolutionary in its day and had a massive influence on the automotive industry.’

The Series 1 E-type is widely acknowledged as the most sought after of the three generations produced. This particular example boasts a stunning patina and the iconic 3.8 XK derived straight six. With only 66,551 miles on the odometer this is a truly unparalleled opportunity to acquire one of the marques most stunning designs – with the genuine boast of remaining a legitimate 'barn find'.

You can find out more on the H&H Auction website.

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