Unique and very original `65 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 coupe. This car has possibly one of the most unusual histories in the world. After 35 years this car was found in a container in the middle of a Californian desert with 90.000 miles on the clock! The complete history from day 1 has been superbly preserved. The 1st and 2nd owners kept every document under the drivers` seat. Starting with the hand-written purchase contract, the various guarantees, many invoices dating back to the early 70`s, even the 1974 2nd owners' pink slip, really everything has been kept! It also has the original tool-bag and jack. We must admit that we have seldom seen a car with this much well preserved documentation. Even the salvage operation of the car out of the container has been extensively photographed with accompanying written commentary. Magnificent! B.A. Berks Associates in Santa Monica, CA bought the car itself on the 26th March 1965 from Charles H Horburg Jr of Beverly Hills. It had a black finish and black leather trim and came with factory-fitted chrome wire wheels, safety belts, bumper rosettes and an extra side mirror. In 1974, after 9 years, it was sold on to a Mr. James Scott Strom of Los Alamitos. When 40 years, later, in 2014, it arrived in Holland, the car underwent a full revision of the engine, transmission, rear axle, suspension, and braking system. The exterior aspect of all the parts that were revised was left untouched, adding lustre to the car's patina. Mechanically the car is in truly extraordinary condition. The bodywork is immaculate with straight and tightly fitting panels. After the body had been bare-metal sandblasted, the original black finish was re-applied. Again this whole process was documented with photos and invoices amounting to more than 55.000 euros. The finish and chrome details are, as one would expect, fantastic! The underbody did not need any attention and is straight and free form any signs of corrosion. Apart from the seats being professionally re-upholstered, the rest of interior is completely original. Naturally, this car has been certified by Jaguar Heritage and has matching numbers engine and gearbox. A mechanically perfect car and the many original features are, in our opinion, the ultimate combination, especially when one considers its` unique provenance. What a car, what an intriguing history!
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