Early E-types star at Silverstone

Let’s spend a holiday Sunday marking some automotive history. The Silverstone Auctions in England take their name from the historic U.K. road circuit where the firm conducts the bulk of its sales of landmark motor vehicles. Its next sale comes off the final weekend of this month, and we’re spotlighting it because the sale is going to feature a pair of highly desirable, indisputably significant British sporting automobiles. It’s a pair of very early Jaguar E-types from the first year of that unforgettable, sinuous sports car’s production at Coventry. Two of them, effectively a matched pair of E-types finished in Cream with Beige interiors, among the very first E-types ever produced, are being offered separately to discriminating buyers with a strong taste for Jaguar’s rich heritage.

Both are the desirable “flat floor” early E-types. The first, seen above, is a 1961 fixed-head coupe, the 249th built after production commenced, with an actual 49,319 odometer miles from new. It was delivered new to El Monte, California – nearly 90 percent of all E-types produced were exported to the United States – where it remained with its original owner until very recently, who had kept it off the road since 1985. Silverstone Auctions described this as the most original early E-type FHC in existence. The second, identically finished car is an E-type roadster, also with a flat interior floor, the 598th built. It was sold in Phoenix but returned, showing 74,414 miles to the old sod for a new mohair top and an interior refurbishment. Both cars are said to be fully numbers-matching, each original except for a repaint in the original Jaguar color. Can you imagine these two bookending your collection? Contact the auction house and book a flight on British Airways if you’re anxious to acquire one, or both.

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