Material for discussion – How far does originality go

Once again, a “barn find” can chalk up a record sale. The British auction house of Coys sold early March a Jaguar E-type, which was parked in a shed since 1968, for approx. 74.260 euro. This Jaguar E-type is also a sample exemplar with only 44.870 miles on the odometer and a complete documentation.

Why are those, for the uninitiated rather battered copies, so valued? After all, the buyer must invest at least another 100,000 euros for a complete restoration with views on the maintenance of patina and history.

Looking back at the classic car scene, will determine that the orientation has changed over the past years. The issue of originality is becoming increasingly important. And completely preserved, not restored vehicles are becoming increasingly rare. A few years ago, such vehicles were completely dismantled and restored on condition “as new” (and sometimes even better). In other cases, such vehicles were used as spare parts suppliers.

Who finds it difficult to understand why a car with patina and possible original parts is increasingly appreciated, should imagine himself a race car, whose seats show the traces of a famous driver. The shifter, which at the time moved the course in a breathtaking race and scratches on the car body proof a collision. Everything witnesses an experienced history – so to speak, a picture book on wheels and pure emotion.

For some is a vehicle, with traces of it´s automotive period existence, like a sculpture. It is said that the buyer of the Ferrari California spider from the Baillon auction (Retromobile, Paris 2015) wants to keep the car as it is, that even the dust on the vehicle “will be maintained”. The owner drives the car only with maximum speed of 30 km/h, so that the dust does not fly of. This story is certainly one of the special flowers of automotive passion. For us – to continue turning the thing – the critical question arises: should – to drive it on the tip – when a Mercedes from the early 50’s, which is still the original tyres, which since then have not lost the air, the air be preserved and kept? You could drain into a glass container and later transfer it to the newly drawn up tires (being changed due to the safety regulations). Will every originality fanatic now enthusiastically agree? We look forward to your opinion below: info(at)

But back to the starting point, the Jaguar E-type with its history and low mileage. The vehicle is completely unrestored and has matching numbers, i.e. all components correspond to the factory settings. The British tax badge from 1969 still sticks on the front window, which expired in November 1969. To lift something out the history of the vehicle, the auction house brought the Beatles in the game, because the very first Jaguar owner, Ivaor Arbiter, had designed the logo with the current dropdown T for the British pop band. 1965, the Jaguar was sold to a dealer, who drove the car for some years until it was then sold to the last owner in 1967 the racing enthusiast Frank Riches. Riches used the Jaguar in races and towed his second race car, a MGTF, with the Jaguar s. To reduce the weight of the Jaguar, Riches disassembled some parts, but always kept them with himself and the vehicle. Although the vehicle was driven only a few kilometres, the towing of the trailer led to  to a damage of the clutch. Rather than repairing it, Riches bought a new vehicle and put the Jaguar 1968 in a shed. History is a trump.