This ‘desert-find’ Jaguar E-type could make your dream a reality
After 35 years languishing in a shipping container in the Californian desert, this 1965 matching-numbers Jaguar E-type was discovered as a genuine time-warp example. It was subsequently sold to the E-type Center in the Netherlands, who undertook a full mechanical restoration while preserving the patina it had acquired over the years. Reportedly now in ‘safe and reliable’ driving condition, some of the cosmetic details are truly remarkable: the body number that was applied to the bulkhead in chalk when it left the factory, still boldly emblazoned, and the ‘California State University of Long Beach’ sticker, applied by a previous owner, for example.
The interior is where the car really shines, and could well be where the most points are picked up for a potential ‘preservation class’concours entry, should the new owner be so inclined. If you’ve dreamt of doing something similar, why dream any longer?