A car enthusiast who found a 1958 Jaguar that had been sitting behind a chicken coop for 25 years wants to sell it for £100,000.
The 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe belonged to a farmer who purchased it about 30 years ago as part of a restoration effort.
The classic engine spent the next quarter century parked behind a chicken coop. But now a car enthusiast discovered the Jaguar and decided to buy it.
Despite being covered in rust and dirt, with torn seats, a torn fabric roof and peeling paint, it is still worth £40,000.
Once restored to its former glory, the engine will be worth over £100,000. The Jaguar has a 3,442 cc petrol engine and has a top speed of 240 km/h
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “This is a matching numbers car which is in original, unrestored, untouched condition. There aren’t many of them.”
“Our salesman is a car enthusiast and heard about this Jaguar. But even then, he had no idea he had been hidden behind a wall in a barn for 25 years.”
“The previous owner had pushed it to the end of a farm barn. Chickens had nested in it before the owner decided to wall it up.
“When our salesman showed up he had to ask where it was and they had to tear down the wall to get there. He bought it immediately.”
“We had a lot of interest in it because it’s ripe for restoration.
“This car is reminiscent of a time when British engineering was at its best and Jaguar cars were at the top of the list.
“Once this car is restored it will be worth at least £100,000.”
The sale is being handled by Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers of Daventry, Northants.