Jaguar E-type discovered under a hedge

| 4 Mar 2016

The most interesting thing we’ve ever found in a hedge has been an old-style beer jug, but that’s exactly where this 1963 Jaguar E-type turned up in the village of Bisley, Surrey. 

 It’s not known exactly how long the Jag had spent in the hedge, but with its last tax disc still in the window and dating back to 1969, plus a recorded mileage of just 44,870, it’s a fair bet it’s been there quite a while. 

As well as being in very original (if slightly dilapidated) condition, the E-type also boasts an interesting history. It’s first owner was Ivor Arbiter, owner of Drum City and Sound City, which were at the centre of the 1960s music scene. In addition to knowing all the movers and shakers, Arbiter has also been credited with designing one of the most famous logos in history – The Beatles' ‘drop-T’. 

Beatles manager Brian Epstein requested that the band’s name appear on a bass drum, so Arbiter sketched out the logo on a scrap of paper. He was paid £5, while the design was immortalised by local sign writer Edd Stokes, who painted the drum during his lunch hour. 

“This wonderful Series I 3.8-litre E-type is in original condition, with matching numbers and has never been restored,” said Coys’ James Good. “It retains all the features it carried in 1969 and is possibly one of the most original examples remaining today. The car needs a total restoration but it has all the ingredients to make a superb car – this is truly a rarity!” 

The car will come with its original brown logbook, V5 and V5c, plus its last MoT certificate dated November 1968 when it is sold at Coys’ Spring Classics auction on 8 March.