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Cheshire Cat: 1964 Jaguar E-Type


Looking at this little old barn, you wouldn’t imagine there’d be much hiding inside. Maybe a Mini or a Sprite, but nothing as grand and impressive as a Jaguar. Yet that’s exactly what was found inside! It must have been a rush seeing that long nose of an E-Type peeking out as the doors were pulled open. The second owner bought this bright red Jag as a gift for his wife in the early ’70s. By the mid ’70s it had been parked in this Cheshire, England barn for safe keeping. Sadly his family has been left to handle the estate and they have decided to let this cat go to a new home. H&H Auctions will be auctioning it off on October 12th at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. You can read more about the car and the event here on H&H’s site.


I’d love to know the full story as to why this E-Type was parked in the first place! Did something break, was it not the car that his wife had been dreaming of or did they just want to keep it as nice as possible?

While the auction house might be going a bit overboard with the barn find aspect of this Jag, they did do a great job of capturing the excitement of a barn find! Well, I’ll just let you watch their video of pulling it out of the barn.


As you can see, it has definitely seen better days. The paint is flaking off on much of the car’s nose, but it gives the car an interesting look!


The interior actually doesn’t look too bad. It needs to be cleaned up and condition, but looks the way you’d expect a 52k mile Jaguar to look. I think with some work, you could have the inside a nice place to be!


No word is given on the condition of the motor, but it looks complete. It also looks like a few generations of mice have called it home over the years. Hopefully the engine turns and the wiring hasn’t been chewed on.


I wish I could have been there to help extract this find from the barn, but at least I can enjoy the video and dream of being there! This car is going to need a huge amount of work, but I’m sure many of our UK readers would love to have it. So who’s going to be attending this auction?


  1. Ropey

    This auction house is certainly earning it’s commision, they even got this on the BBC News website.

  2. Van

    How many times have I awoken from a dream and wanted to check the garage for my jag. The first dream featured a Murphy bodied Duesenburg, after that Jaguars ran through my dreams on a regular basis.

  3. Vegas Vic

    Neat story, true barn find, thanks for sharing this jewel with us

  4. Michael Yentzen

    I wonder if they added a bit of dirt for show.

  5. MH

    It’s a set up. Not a real barn find.

  6. Alan Brase

    Some aspects look genuine. the animal footprints (cat) in the dust. the rusty spokes.
    Was it broken that it got parked? HUH. they were ALWAYS broken, needed continuous trips to get re-knackered.

    • Bobsmyuncle

      “re knackered”

      Love it!

      • Alan Brase

        I thought someone might. Well, I’m not Satch Carlson, but I know who he is. (A long time Autoweek journalist, now head of the BMWOC, I think.) Nearly the funniest auto writer I ever read.

      • Dolphin Member

        Satch is editor of ‘Roundel’, the BMW CCA monthly magazine.

  7. ben

    how could intiour be that clean crome seats and xtiour a complete mess includeing engine dought it even turns

  8. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    with you Ben…..kinda funny….

  9. Dolphin Member

    It looks like a credible barn find, and I believe the story. But even if it wasn’t found in that small remote barn, then it was probably found in some other one.

    The front subframe and even the rockers look pretty good, and the interior looks like it sealed and kept out most critters. I would plan on doing some metalwork anyway, so as not to be blindsided if some is needed.

    No suggestion of a price estimate that I could find, but I will guess that since most of these were made in LHD, a decent, complete, low mileage RHD S-1 coupe will probably get bid up to a big price at the Imperial War Museum auction soon.

  10. Dolphin Member

    Fooled myself again….the price estimate in the auction listing is 35-45K GBP.

  11. Rolf Poncho

    Not a Brit car fan but this one’s a great find

  12. Simon Bayes

    With the market just about to go pop on these overpriced vehicles and all classic cars, even my 6. you need to be fast unloading if you don’t want to get burned. If you want an E type wait six months and take your pick.

    • Bobsmyuncle

      What evidence is there for the big pop?

      • Bobsmyuncle

        Down voted for asking a question? Wow this crowd is getting better all the time.

  13. Alan Brase

    Brexit? Old Porsche values seem headed downward. When a Type C becomes reasonably priced let me know. Or an XK120.

  14. bcavileer

    good call Simone, but I think the middle cars are OK. Just the ones that ballooned over the past 24 months will take a dive. The ‘6’s will be OK cause they are well balanced and still drive-able. The 911 bubble… pop. And there are a ton of ‘E’ types in excellent stead available. That drives the price competition. I generally stay out of these $$$ comments, but I think you are dead on.

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