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Jaguar Barn Find Pair Uncovered for Silverstone Auction

Jaguar Barn Find Pair Uncovered for Silverstone Auction
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Two classic 1958 Jaguar XK150 barn finds, both estimated at between £35,000 and £45,000, are set to excite bidders at the very first Restoration Show Sale, hosted by Silverstone Auctions on April 12th at the NEC, Birmingham.

Both of these classic cars have fascinating histories having been bought brand new by their respective owners in 1958. The first a Carmen red Fixedhead coupe; first owned by a racing driver from West Bromwich (Alan Eccles). The second is an Indigo blue Drophead coupe returned back to the UK having been stored in Sicily for the past 30 years.

Commenting on the cars, Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: Its thrilling to be able to offer such exiting cars at this brand new auction. With barn find cars the potential subject of much intrigue, the models could prove to be a fantastic investment.

The Drophead coupe, VLP929, is the 74th example of the 622 right hand drive cars built. In the 1980s the car was bought by an Italian collector and exported to Sicily where it was discovered a short while ago alongside a treasure trove of other British sports cars. It was repatriated back to the UK where the enthusiastic vendor had the intention of restoring it to its former glory. With other priorities taking precedence the car is now offered for auction.

The Fixedhead coupe, offered at auction for the first time, arguably has an even more interesting past. Hidden from the world since 1969, the car was discovered by an enthusiast in 2009, having spent forty years in a barn. Its first owner was a West Bromwich garage owner and renowned racing driver of the period, Alan Eccles. Fittingly for a racing driver, the car was specially ordered with an ultra-rare close-ratio gearbox. After taking a job abroad in 1969, Eccles stored the car in the barn at his Shropshire home. Thinking this arrangement would only last for a few years, the car was eventually tucked away for the next 40 years, before being sold on.

Both of these exciting classic car projects require a full restoration and would provide an excellent base for any enthusiast looking for a fine 1950s British sports car. The potential for these cars is limitless, with the right tender, love and care these barn finds can be transformed and restored to become a great investment.

Viewing of the lots will be available on the morning of Saturday 12th April 2014. The Restoration Show Sale takes place on Saturday 12th April 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham 13.00 onwards.