A 1961 Jaguar E-Type “Flat Floor” Roadster which has sat dormant in a garage for more than 30 years will be restored by British restorers Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC).
This car was the 60th to leave the production line and is one of the earliest 3.8-liter right-hand drive E-Type roadsters, which remain unrestored with only 65,000 miles covered from new. These early E-Types were labeled “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 £20-30,000 at Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale on April 29 but sold instead for £110,000 (nearly $168,000 U.S. dollars), more than three times its highest pre-sale estimate.
Nick Goldthorp, managing director of CMC, said, “Chassis No. 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 No. 4, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight and 1VHP, the first right-hand drive coupe off the production line.
For more information, visit www.classic-motor-cars.co.uk.