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Jaguar E-type found in hedge sells for £58,000

A 1963 Jaguar E-type, not used since 1969, and parked under a hedge since 1980, has sold at a Coys auction for £58,000.


Coys has successfully sold a 1963 Jaguar E-type, recently discovered parked under a hedge in somebody’s back garden, for a price £58,000.

Recently discovered sitting in the village of Bisley in Surrey, this 1963 FHC Jaguar E-type lived a fairly interesting life in its early years. First bought by Ivor Arbiter, the owner of Drum City and Sound City in London (and designer of the ‘drop – T’ logo for The Beatles), the E-type was sold to a few different owners from 1965-1967, until it was bough be the car’s previous owner – Frank Riches.

Riches enjoyed the car for the next couple of years, actually taking part in races at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Blackbushe, before burning out the clutch. Rather than fix the car, Richaes left it in undercover storage until 1980, when the car was moved to sit in the garden under a tarpaulin until 2015 when it was rescued.

At the time of the sale, the E-type was showing 44,870miles on the clock and even retained it’s final tax disc – dated November 1969.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys commented: ‘The derelict E-Type attracted attention from all four corners of the world and bidders in a packed auction room and via telephone fought fiercely for it on Tuesday night. It ended up going to an English collector and Beatles enthusiast who plans to slowly restore it to its former glory.’

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