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 of Bridgnorth (CMC) in the UK.
This car was the sixtieth to leave the production line and is one of the earliest 3.8-litre right hand drive E-Type roadsters, which remain un-restored with only 65,000 miles covered from new. 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 £20-30,000 at Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale on April 29th but sold instead for £110,000, 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 RHD Coupe off the production line.