'The most beautiful car ever built' can be yours to buy for £25,000

"The most beautiful car ever built," in the words of Enzo Ferrari, is among the confirmed lots at Barons' Classic and Collectors car auction, scheduled to take place on June 15.

What's more, Barons will be selling one of the most desirable E-Types: the S1 Fixed Head Coupe, considered by many to be the prettiest E-Type ever made.

Here is an E-Type uncompromised by American legislation, as later models were. This E-Type S1 3.8 FHC comes in a definitive Carmen red finish, with a black leather interior and chrome wire wheels.

Beneath its sleek and seductive bonnet - designed in-house by the legendary Malcolm Sayer - is a 3.8 litre XK engine complimented by a 4-speed manual transmission.

The 1964 Jaguar E-Type S1 3.8 FHC

According to the seller, the car is "said to drive exceptionally well with stopping power boosted by uprated brakes." It has also been equipped with a stainless steel exhaust system.

This exceptional 1964 E-Type is being offered as part of a collection reduction, complete with a file containing invoices, previous MOT certificates and other papers.

Upon its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the E-Type was quite unlike anything else on the car markets - and that, to a great extent, is still true today.

Encased within the car's stunning bodywork are the technologies which helped Jaguar race to success at Le Mans with its D-Type and C-Type, along with a monocoque design straight out of motorsport.

Bottom right: the E-Type's 3.8 litre XK engine

In other words, the car's exterior structure supported its load, rather than the interior frame. This was complimented with a tubular engine bolted onto the E-Type's front bulkhead.

Also quite unlike anything else is the E-Type's value differential - particularly in comparison to its era's rivals, like the Aston Martin DB4 and DB5, Ferrari, AC and Maserati.

While those marques enjoy skyrocketing values at auction and regularly command fortunes on the auction block, the E-Type remains as affordable as it is beautiful.

This example, chassis 1E1286, carries an estimate of £22,000-25,000.

A true rolling work of art, this E-Type will be a must see for collectors and investors alike when it rolls onto the auction block at Barons at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, UK next month.

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