E-Type Jaguar with link to The Beatles to go under the hammer

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe barn find (COYS auctioneers)

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe barn find (COYS auctioneers) - Credit: Archant

An E-Type Jaguar that was originally bought by the man who designed the iconic ‘drop-T’ logo for the Beatles is to be auctioned.

The car was seemingly abandoned in 1969 and was later found under a hedge after more than 45 years alone.

The 1963 Series I Coupé could be the most original example left in the world – but it does need a full restoration if it’s to be put back on the road.

It was originally purchased by Ivor Arbiter, owner of Drum City and Sound City in London. A person at the centre of the music scene in the 1960s, he designed the world-famous logo with the tall B and dropped T, emphasising the word ‘beat’ within the group’s name.

With just 44,870 miles on the clock the E-Type was used on the road and for racing in its short six-year working life. Its last owner, Frank Riches, used it to tow his racing MGTF to circuits on a trailer, where he would race both cars before driving the pair home again.


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“It is ideal for restoration and is extremely rare,” said valuer James Good at international auctioneers COYS, which will sell the car next week. “It has a great history, including racing, which collectors love.”

He added: “The Beatles logo is now recognised as one of the most significant and widely reproduced logos in history, and the fact that it was designed by the first owner of this E-Type is not insignificant.

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“This wonderful Series I, 3.8-litre E-Type is in original condition, with matching numbers and has never been restored. It retains all the features it carried in 1969 and is possibly one of the most original examples remaining today. The car needs a total restoration but it has all the ingredients to make a superb car – this is a true rarity.”

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