Jag and BMW at Silverstone


Nick Whale-backed Silverstone Auctions has consigned an early E-type and an example of the increasingly popular BMW Z8 – this one in James Bond spec – for its inaugural sale during the Silverstone Classic festival on 23 July.

Auctioneer Guy Loveridge said: "The E-type features the outside bonnet locks of the first 91 right-hand-drive Roadsters, now the most collectable and valuable of E-types. This car is chassis number 80 and it drove out of Browns Lane on 10 July 1961." The desirable flat-floor car was built for export to Cyprus and came back to the UK in the mid-1990s when a thorough 12-year restoration started. Loveridge added: "There is a photographic record of the entire, painstaking process with the history file"

The Z8 has all its service stamps from new. "Other than the Q-branch 'enhancements' of course, and with only two owners and just 25,000 miles on the clock, it's a sensational opportunity," said Loveridge. "The James Bond association also makes this car an appealing investment for future owners.

For details of the auction visit the website.

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