Evaluation: Early car, built in December 1961. One of 680 flat-floor coupes. Matching numbers engine. Recently restored in the U.K. with about $165,000 worth of documented work. High-quality recent paint. Even panel fit. Beautiful interior showing no use. The engine bay and underbody look just as clean. No apparent stories with this fresh, gorgeous early E-Type. Located in the U.K.
Bottom Line: A nicely done fresh restoration, matching numbers, welded louvers, and an early build date makes for a special E-Type. But there just wasn’t a frenzy for this one. The fact that it was located in the U.K. yet is left-hand drive might have made it less appealing to both American and British bidders. Considering those handicaps, the high bid of 160 grand should not have been far off from taking the car home.