Could you restore this E-type? It's for sale with Barons

Tempting Series 1 E-type Jaguar restoration project and an imposing 1930s American classic head the bill so far at the Sandown Park sale on April 21

With entries now being taken for the Barons Spring Classic sale, early admissions include a seldom seen and highly collectable 1930 Nash 494 Straight Eight Sedan and an E-type restoration project.

Jaguar E-type restoration project

After a project to get your teeth into? This 1966 Series 1 E-type holds an ace card – offering the satisfaction of, as Barons keenly explain, ‘seeing a restoration come together without the need to strip down and restore all the key elements – as most of this has already been done!’

With many hours already lavished upon it, the bodywork has been taken down to the bare metal by hand before being rustproofed and primed. The interior components have been reupholstered to original specification and colour, alongside a brand-new engine frame that has been re-manufactured and stamped with the chassis number.

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Amazingly, 90% of the components supplied are original, and the project comes complete with a brand-new set of triple SU carburettors and inlet manifold from SNG Barratt worth a reported £7000 alone. Each part removed has been labelled, bagged and carefully stored.

With completed projects fetching well over six figures, at an estimated £30-40,000 for this project should prove fruitful for the successful bidder.

Nash 494 Straight Eight Sedan

Not only is the Nash a seven-seater – capable of leaving any Ford C-Max looking rather cramped – but the imposing limousine also wears Sedanca de Ville-style bodywork.

Offering a captivating tale from within the accompanying documentation, the Nash was bought new in 1930 by Frederic S Bennett, a name worshipped by those from the Cadillac fan base. His title may not be so well known to enthusiasts unfamiliar with pre-war Americana, but Bennett was the Englishman who reversed the global fortunes of Cadillac 110 years ago.

Who was Frederic S Bennett?

It was during 1903 that Bennett imported his first Cadillac automobile onto UK soil, first to demonstrate the marque’s impeachable reliability with an eight-day endurance run over 1000 miles. Capturing the public’s imagination, this feat became known as the ‘Bennett Run’; an event which is still celebrated today.

By 1907, Cadillac’s sales were in freefall. Close to bankruptcy and with impending financial doom set to finish the company off for good, Bennett stepped into the mix. Entering his 1903 Cadillac into the gruelling Dewar Trophy – offering the winner an exclusive award for ‘innovation in car manufacture’ – Bennett mopped the floor with the competition.

Bennett claimed that the brand set the ‘standard for the world’ – and thanks to his enthusiasm sales picked up dramatically, keeping the company alive during the early days of motoring.

Exactly 50 years later to the very hour, the 79-year old Bennett recreated his original time trial behind the wheel of the very same vehicle in 1953. He was aided by a young racing driver by the name of Stirling Moss.

Bennett said he had trained for this 1953 endeavour 'on Coronation beer and an early morning swim'. He parted with his 1930 Nash two years later after little over quarter of a century as custodian. It is believed to be the only remaining example.

More recently, the Nash has enjoyed a full restoration with a new ash frame, bagging the coveted Best of Show award during the Classic American Auto Club National in Brooklands in 2008, and carries an estimate of £40,000-£50,000.

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Other early auction entries

  • Talbot AX65 Six Light Saloon (£13,000-£16,000)
  • 1990 Ford Fiesta XR2i with less than 45,000 miles on the clock (£7500-£9000)
  • 1994 MG RV8 (£15,000-£20,000)
  • 1972 Triumph GT6 which has covered just 50 miles since undergoing a comprehensive restoration (£14,000-£16,5000)
  • 1972 Triumph TR6 that has covered 4000 miles since restoration (£14,000-£18,000)
  • 1983 Citroen GSA Pallas, offered at no reserve.

For more information, visit the official Barons' auction website.

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