Sicily barn-find Jag sells at NEC

Sicily barn-find Jag sells at NEC

A 56-year-old Jaguar discovered in a Sicilian barn before being brought back to Britain for restoration has been sold for more than £62,000 at auction.

The 1958 XK150 Drophead Coupe sold for more than double its lower estimate and helped take the total spent at Silverstone Auctions' Practical Classics Restoration Show to over £1 million.

The biggest bid accepted at the NEC in Birmingham was the £64,400 paid for a restored 1962 Facel Vega HK500.

The auction saw more than 85% of the rare vehicles on offer find new owners and was the largest ever sale of so-called 'barn-find' cars.

The lots included a 1981 Daimler Sovereign Saloon which featured in the TV show Minder and sold for £15,525 and the original EastEnders Morris milk float that attracted a top bid of £2,300.

A rare 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage, meanwhile, sold for £51,175 with another DBS - a 1970 V8 Series I - going for £49,450.

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