You’ll have a hard time finding a better-preserved, original E-Type than this. It’s not concours quality, but that’s for stuffy people who like to wear funny hats while looking at cars on a golf course. This 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster has far more character, and it’s crossing the block at the upcoming Silverstone Auctions event at the Silverstone Circuit in England on May 23.

Though it was found in a barn-like structure, calling it a “barn find” is actually a little misleading. After covering just 7,700 miles since new, it was meticulously cared for by one family through three generations. The original owner’s son had it “properly immobilized” as an investment by injecting oil into the cylinders and storing it in a heated brick barn in 1996. Three years later the car passed on to his son, who put it in a dehumidified air bubble storage unit. The car remained there until 2006, when it was moved to the farm shed where it was “found” late last year.

Continue reading to learn more about this barn-find 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster.

Why it matters

Now, 42 years after his grandfather bought it, the current owner has decided to auction off the family E-Type, which is predicted to fetch between £75,000 and £90,000 (about $112,000 and $135,000). Series III E-Types aren’t necessarily rare (over 15,000 were built), but they are hard to find in good, yet unrestored condition.

The Series III was the first E-Type to be powered by a 12-cylinder. The 5.3-liter engine produced 272 horsepower, and in this example, has been restored to full working condition. The only other mechanical work required was a radiator refurbishment, fluid changes and a rebuild for the seized front brakes.

Inside, the beige interior is described as “lightly patinated,” but appears to be in excellent condition considering its age. The spare wheel and tool kit in the trunk are thought to be the items that came with the car. The original dark-red paint is covered in a light layer of dust (which probably won’t be there come auction time), and other than a bit of moistures absorption, is also in good condition. The chrome has rotted in some spots, but who cares? Stuff like this just and adds to the car’s character and tells a great story.

It’s completely ready to be registered with a new owner and comes with documentation, including a partial history, original registration and a Jaguar Heritage certificate.

1961 - 1975 Jaguar E-Type

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Source: SilverstoneAuctions

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