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Rare Vauxhall E-type surpasses expectations at auction

Date: 09/09/2014 02:32:49
Category: Classic Cars
Author: Laura Varley

A rare Vauxhall E-type has sold for thousands more than expected at an auction held by Bonhams.

The auctioneers predicted that the car would sell for between £150,000 and £180,000, but on the day the winning bid was for £243,000. Back in 1952, the car was bought second-hand for just £115 in Manchester and was kept in Norfolk for 60 years, reports bbc.co.uk.

Murray Ferguson, the previous owner of the car, was given the E-type by his brother, Ian. He said that the car was only used occasionally and that is was mostly driven within Norfolk's county border.

Only around 30 early models of the E-type are thought to still exist, reports luton-dunstable.co.uk. The car was originally built in Luton in 1920. A spokesman for Bonhams explained the car's colourful past.

"Although the complete history of this car is not known, it was first registered in Westmorland (now Cumbria) and it is believed in its early days it was owned by the Lings family of Bollington in Cheshire," he said. "In or around 1930, the car passed into the ownership of a Mr Jeffreys, remaining in regular use.

"It later served king and country in World War Two, being requisitioned for service with the Home Guard."

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