A red 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster that belonged to Sir Elton John is one of the highlights of the Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia sale, taking place at Bonhams Oxford on March 3rd 2012.
Estimated to sell for £50,000-70,000 the car was bought by Sir Elton in 1987. According to his fleet manager, Sir Elton and his staff referred to the E-Type as 'OK Elton' due to its number plate OKE 1, which was worn throughout his ownership and is sold with the car.
Many superlatives have been used to describe the classic design of the Jaguar E-Type: sleek, racy, elegant, and sporty. Referred to as the zenith of the Lyons' line since its introduction in 1961, the E-Type was a worthy successor to the XK Jaguar, evoking the lines and style of the successful D-Type, slimmed and refined to create one of the world's most attractive cars. An icon of the 1960s, few cars have had such universal appeal as the Jaguar E-Type, and in many people's eyes, the Series 1 4.2-litre is the best E-Type of all
An exceptional 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Supersports High Line will also be offered in the Bonhams sale, estimated to sell for £55,000 – 65,000. The Line has been owned from new by the Vought Family, renowned for their pioneering work and engineering in the aviation industry and of Vought Corsair fame. It has undergone a £100,000 restoration and is now finished in the Corsair livery of Blue and Yellow
Further highlights include a recent barn discovery, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2, estimated to sell for £40,000 – 60,000 and a 1966 Citroën DS21 Décapotable. Estimated to sell for £36,000 – 42,000, the Citroën Décapotable has been in current ownership for 68 years and is one of only 50 right-hand drive examples delivered to the UK between 1962 and 1966.
In 1968 it was bought by the current owner, Joe Judt, who has been an active member of the Citroën Car Club since the 1950s, served as the Chairman and is now the Club's honorary President. Well known in the UK and abroad, Joe's Décapotable is featured in many English language books on the history of Citroën cars. Now in his early nineties, Joe has reluctantly decided to pass this remarkable car on to a new owner in order to ensure its continued use and enjoyment.
Further highlights of the sale include:
• 1982 Aston Martin V8 Vantage - £35,000 – 45,000
• 1953 Packard 8 Caribbean - £25,000 – 30,000
• 1938 Lea Francis 14hp Corsica - £15,000 – 20,000
• 1928/29 Packard 633 Saloon - £15,000 – 20,000
• 1959 Lincoln Continental Convertible MkII -£15,000 – 20,000
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