Barnfind E-type leads a pack of forgotten classics at Bonhams

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A 1961 Jaguar E-type ‘flat floor’ that has lain dormant for around 30 years is expected to make £20-30,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale in Hendon on 29 April.

The drophead coupé was purchased by its current owner in 1965 and used regularly until it was taken off the road and stored.

The car’s footwell and rear bulkhead have been altered to free up more space, with other modifications including Koni dampers and a Lenham hardtop.

The original hood is included in the sale and the Jaguar also comes with its owner’s manual and old-style logbook.

For a little less than the E-type you could have a car with plenty of historical significance in the form of the first production 1959 Triumph Italia Coupé, which has been valued at £20-25,000.

It comes complete with a datasheet from its 1960 visit to the MIRA test centre, where a top speed of 109mph was recorded in the hands of, among others, Harry Webster – Triumph’s chief development engineer. Rumour has it that the car served as his daily driver for a time.

Early on in its life, the Triumph was converted to right-hand drive, most likely by Vignale in Italy, and it comes with a original chassis-build document stating 'no body required', delivery destination 'Italy' and 'do not fit spare wheel!'

For a mere £7-10,000, a Mercedes-Benz 300d offers a desirable luxury project.

A right-hand drive saloon with 98,590 miles on the clock, the car was ordered at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1961.

It was bought by its current owner’s father, in 1969, and was last started about 15 years ago. The Benz comes with an 8-Track cassette player and a custom stainless steel exhaust.

A guide price of £4-6000 reflects the work required to bring this 1933 Riley 14/6 Kestrel Sports Saloon back to full health.

Nonetheless, it is said to be an almost complete restoration project, having apparently been off the road after colliding with a Land-Rover in the early ’70s.

The damage from that impact is still visible, but the car’s chassis is said to be straight and solid, while all of the aluminium body panels are present.

Exotica on offer includes a Ferrari Enzo (£800-900,000), a 1955 Mercedes 300SL (£450-500,000) and a 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer (350-400,000).

Full descriptions of all the lots can be viewed on Bonhams’ website.

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