Sweet Barn Find, Jaguar E-Type No. 60

A rare 1961 Jaguar E-Type ‘Flat Floor' Roadster which has sadly been sitting in a garage for more than 30 years has just been found in the UK.  Praise the car gods!

jaguar e-type

This Jaguar E-Type was the number #60 to leave the production line and is one of the earliest 3.8-liter right hand drive E-Type roadsters out there.  This particular model has remained un-restored and only has 65,000 miles original miles.  These early E-Types were labelled ‘flat floor’ due to the lack of a dropped floor area that increased the leg room and was added in subsequent cars.  (Probably would have been better to keep a flat floor in my opinion.)

1961 jaguar e-type

The Jaguar E-Type was estimated to auction for £20-30,000 British pounds at Bonhams’ RAF (Royal Air Force) Museum sale on April 29th.  This Jaguar actually fetched £110,000, which is roughly $171,000 US dollars and more than three times the highest pre-sale estimate.

The restoration will be undertaken by Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC).  “Chassis No. 60 will be undergoing a full nut and bolt CMC restoration. We will restore every detail of the car to bring it back to the original specification. Once finished, it will be just as it left the factory.” said Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of CMC.  He also added that, “The amazing about this E-Type is that every original part is there, although in a very rusty and corroded condition.”

Recently Jaguar unveiled the grandchild sot-to-speak of the E-Type, the Jaguar F-Type.  To celebrate the new sports car Jaguar made a movie short film starring the Jaguar F-Type, Damian Lewis,  Shannyn Sossamon, and Jordi Molla.

CMC is famous for having restored some of the most historic Jaguar E-Type models, which include Lofty England’s Chassis No. 4, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight and 1VHP, and the first right hand drive Jaguar E-Type off the production line.

1961 jaguar e-type engine

Pretty sweet Barn Find!  While an Jaguar E-Type is pretty cool, do you remember the Lee Hartung Collection?  Wish I could stumble upon something that is sweet as that.


Baltimore Auto Show Coverage with Pictures!

I am a bit late in posting these pictures of the Baltimore Auto Show, but better late than never.  The 2012 Baltimore Auto Show was not too much to brag about though.  There were considerably less cars this year and no luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Porsche. Baltimore being poor, I guess it isn't surprising they didn't show this year.  Also there were no exotic cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc.  Worst part of all, no tuner alley!  It was a big letdown compared to the Washington Auto Show.

While I love seeing the new models automakers are offering and what is in store for new year in the car world, I felt the recent Baltimore Auto Show showed how depressed the economy was.  Through the grapevine I heard the convention center tripled there rates, which explained most of it.  Even considering that the displays weren't anything to brag about and people were generally not having much fun it seemed.  It sort of felt like 2008 was happening in the all over again, but hey this is 2012.

I hope next year will reflect a more robust car market and economy.  Also hopefully the Convention Center will lower their rates!


R&H Car Show raises $2,100 for Children’s Guild

The 1st Annual R&H Car Show that took place on July 16th, 2011 to benefit The Children's Guild was a great success.  The staff and coordinators raised $2,100 for the worthy organization.

Over 100 vehicles of all types came out to R&H Toyota's brand new service center in support of the Children's Guild.  Including motorcycles, hot-rods, muscle cars, and imports.  There were 87 participants in the judging portion.  I am sure was quite difficult to judge since they were some amazing vehicles there.  Such as Trevor Boone's '01 Honda Accord with a polk audio system, lambo doors, and playstation.  A beautiful purple Kawasaki ZX1400 owned by Markus with every imaginable upgrade possible.  Some of my personal favorites at the show were a beautiful red Jaguar E-Type, Ford GT, and even a Ferrari.  A certain writer would love to own these!

There were also some great activities at the show.  Both Mobil1 and Shell had racing simulators setup for attendees to try out.  Trying out the simulators was quite fun and more difficult than I thought… just like real racing!  When I exited the Mobil1 simulator the guy exclaimed “Harder then it looks, huh?”  Sure was.  Shell and Mobil1 also had their race cars on display at the show along with the simulators.  It was great to see the vehicles up close.

“This was entirely a employee concept and they worked very hard to put this together.” said David Russell, General Manager for R&H Toyota.  “Everyone knew different people to bring to the show.  Vendors really stepped up to support this as well.”

The Children's guild is definitely an organization that needs people to step up to support it.  It serves the needs of children with trauma disorders, autism, or disabilities in the Maryland and Washington DC area.  Currently they are working on opening up several new schools in the area.  Any added support is much appreciated.

For more information about The Children's Guild please visit:  http://www.childrensguild.org/

Next year should be even better with more cars, meaning a higher fund raising goal.  Mark your calendars!

*Special Thanks to Jan Braverman, coordinator for the R&H Car Show