Rare Jaguar found in Le Mans garage

Rare Jaguar found in Le Mans garage

An early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for up to £40,000 at auction after it was found abandoned in a garage in France.

The 1961 E-Type, discovered near Le Mans, is one of the earliest ever made and has attracted huge interest among classic car collectors.

It will go under the hammer at the same auction as a 1951 Jaguar XK120 which was also found abandoned in a lock-up, this time in Essex.

The E-Type hasn't moved since it was left in the garage in 1974, but its engine was last started five years ago and it still turns over freely, according to auctioneers.

It has a conservative estimate of £30,000 to £40,000 and any buyers will also have to pay out a fair amount for classiccar insurance .

Meanwhile, the XK120 is rumoured to have some competition pedigree and is also expected to fetch a high price when the cars go under the hammer at Coys auction house.

Coys managing partner Chris Routledge said the E-type was "a really amazing find".

He added: "The 1961 car is in amazing condition considering where it was left and interest is going off the scale.

"We are also selling an XK120 Roadster reported to have a competition history that was found in a lock-up in Essex. The last XK that we sold in this condition made over £90,000 and we expect the E-Type to do exceptionally well."

Copyright Press Association 2013