From a deceased estate; in single family ownership for 50 years;
showing just 20,000 miles
Delivered as a new car by the manager of PJ Evans in Birmingham to his great friend Mr Dubois, this attractive dark blue Series 2 FHC has led an unusual life.
Dubois lived in Solihull and drove the car as normal, selling it to his friend (the aformentioned manager of PJ Evans) in a private deal in the early '70s, by which time it had covered just over 19,000 miles.
His job at PJ Evans provided plenty of luxurious and exotic cars to drive, so the E-Type barely, if ever, got driven. It was fired up regularly, but was to tot up fewer than 1,000 miles over the next 50 years.
In fact it was not taxed or MOT'd for so long that its registration number lapsed, the vendor's late-husband reclaiming its original number KEK 965J from the DVLA in 1998 hence this is now non-transferable. The DVLA didn't pick up its first owner from the original buff logbook on file - the V5C showing just the vendor and her late-husband.
In early 2007, in a fit of enthusiasm, the car was recommissioined at a cost of £1,300 which included work to the carburettors, cooling and fuel systems plus conversion to run on unleaded fuel. The brake master cylinder was overhauled and the engine was comprehensively serviced. A set of wire wheels were also fitted to replace the original steel rims which are included in the sale.
It was also MOT'd, the mileage at this time showing 19,885. Further bills on file show yearly expenditure on ignition and carburation, although subsequent MOTs show just a handful of miles being added each year. There is also an invoice for some new pistons and rings in 2010.
The last test it had was in 2016 showing 20,000 miles exactly, the same figure it shows today, the garage used for the MOT being just a stone's throw from the owner's house. It has not been driven on the road since, although is up and running and has been driving around on site at Brightwells.
The car has been garage stored for almost all of its life - time having left its mark in a few places. There is some microblistering on the roof, some small areas of bubbling on the bonnet (photographed) and for some reason the driver door hinges have worn. An additional pair of front driving lamps have also been fitted at some point.
As one would expect, there is no serious corrosion visible, the interior is mainly good but the underbonnet area could do with some detailing. It is however most original and the family have confirmed that as the car was never really used, the mileage is correct.
Sold with its original green logbook, old and current V5Cs and seven old MOTs, this low mileage E-Type is a rare find and will make a fine car.
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