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Rare 1961 Jaguar E-Type Racing Car To Be Auctioned At $1.2 Million

One of only seven race-tuned E-Types, owned by Tommy Sopwith, up for sale at Silverstone Auctions

Austin Powers would be proud.

A rare Sixties Jaguar E-Type is set to go under the hammer with a $1.2 million (£1 million) estimate.

The 1961 competition car is one of just seven racing E-Types ever made.

It is described by Silverstone Auctions as “one of the most sought after ex- works cars in existence anywhere in the world.”

A rare Sixties Jaguar E-Type is set to go under the hammer with a $1.2m estimate. The seven imposing race-tuned E-Types were going to some of the 1960s’ biggest names in racing. As a prominent figure in the modern racing scene, Tommy Sopwith’s Equipe Endeavour racing team owned this vehicle. SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS/SWNS

The seven formidable race tuned E- Types were destined for some of the racing giants of the 1960s.

This car was owned by Tommy Sopwith’s Equipe Endeavour racing team; Sopwith being a luminary of the contemporary racing scene.

“I’ve known the car for twenty years. This fabled car is one of the four from the original seven to remain in its original configuration,” said Lionel Abbott, who sourced the car.

A rare Sixties Jaguar E-Type is set to go under the hammer with a $1.2m estimate. E-Types UK undertook a comprehensive restoration in 2010 with the utmost care to preserve the distinctive characteristics of the very early automobiles. On August 25, at Silverstone Festival’s Classic & Competition Sale, the Jaguar will be put up for sale. SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS/SWNS

“The history file contains everything that substantiates the remarkable story of UPM 400 with letters from Tommy Sopwith and Jack Sears, but nothing prepares you for the visual appearance of these early cars or the performance of this truly exceptional early E-type with name drops at every chapter in its history.”

A total restoration was undertaken by E-Types UK in 2010 with extreme care taken to retain the unique features of the very early cars.

The Jaguar will be up for auction at Silverstone Auctions Classic & Competition Sale at Silverstone Festival on Aug. 25.

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