A 1961 Jaguar E-type ‘Flat Floor’ roadster which has lain dormant in a garage for more than 30 years is to be restored by Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) of Bridgnorth. This car was the 60th to leave the production line and is one of the earliest 3.8-litre right hand drive E-types left.
The car, which was unrestored and has 65,000 miles on the clock, is thought to be one of the most original examples of its kind left. These early E-types were labelled ‘flat floor’ due to the lack of a dropped floor area that increased the leg room and was added in subsequent cars. It was expected to make £20,000-30,000 at Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale on 29 April, but sold instead for £110,000 – more than three times its highest pre-sale estimate.
Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of CMC, said: ‘Chassis number 60 will be undergoing a full nut-and-bolt CMC restoration. We will restore every detail of the car to bring it back to the original specification. Once finished, it will be just as it left the factory.’
He added: ‘The amazing about this E-type is that every original part is there, although in a very rusty and corroded condition.’ CMC is famous for having restored some of the most historic E-types, including Lofty England’s Chassis number 4, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight and 1VHP, the first RHD Coupe off the production line.
More at CMC’s website.
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