Barnfind E-type demolishes estimate at Bonhams


A 1961 Jaguar E-type ‘flat floor’ that had been untouched for 30 years tripled its estimate to sell for £109,020 at Bonhams yesterday.

The sports car, which we previewed earlier, had been estimated to make just £20-30,000 in Hendon and came complete with its original hood, owner’s manual and logbook.

Another surprise came in the form of a beautifully presented 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine, which soared over its £50k estimate to make £79,000.

The limo came equipped for life in the executive fast lane with a TV, video player, fax machine, three telephones, a wine cooler and a cocktail cabinet, while the exterior was finished in Harrods Green.

The Royce also came with receipts for a £89,900 restoration by specialist Kenneth Evans Associates.

Completing the top lots was a 1969 Aston Martin DB6, which had been subject to a £30,000 restoration, and sold for £107,900.

Meanwhile, a bargain American classic took the shape of a mint-condition 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupe that made £15,525.

It had receipts for everything from replacing the fuel pump to a top-end rebuild, new springs, plus a performance Edelbrock intake manifold.

A 1988 TVR S Roadster with just 47,200 miles on the clock looked a great buy at a paltry £1782.

The sale’s full results can be viewed on the auction house’s website.



I own a barn find, 3.8 63 coupe. It was my barn and I put it there in 1978. Do I keep it as an original museum piece or make some sensible improvements . do I address all its problems I had when I drove it for nearly 9 years.
1) wont stop- Coopercraft 4 pots
2) Regularly Overheats, alloy rad and decent fan. oil cooler
3) Ignition fails at night in trafffic in the rain- Alternator and neg earth.
4) Useless header tanks (3x), rustproof alloy one.
5) terrible gearbox-fit 5 speed conversion.
6) wires constantly rust up, fit D type alloy knock ons.
7) Metallic paint bonnet front chips to hell, repaint in original non metallic so it can be touched up.
8)Crappy radio, fit retro modern one.
9) very hot in summer (very cold in winter) fit plenty of underbody heat proofing, and insulate heater pipes.
The list is not complete but I have run out of money.

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