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George Best’s Jaguar E-Type for sale

13:34 15 September 2015

This 1971 Jaguar E-Type, first owned by footballer George Best, is being auctioned next month.

This 1971 Jaguar E-Type, first owned by footballer George Best, is being auctioned next month.

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A legendary car for a footballing legend – George Best’s Jaguar E-Type is being auctioned next month.

The V12 sports car was registered in 1971, with Best as its first owner until 1974, and was the motor that the Manchester United legend drove away from the club’s Old Trafford ground following his infamous bust-up with then-manager Tommy Docherty.

H&H sales director Damian Jones says: “Once in a while a car comes along that even I, surrounded as I am by the best classics in the world, makes me think of reaching for my chequebook.

“This is one of those cars. I have no doubt that there will be thousands of people who will share that feeling with me. This car is a legend and was owned by a legend. It does not get much better than that!”

Originally designed to race, a road-going version of the V12 E-Type made its début at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. It was capable of 150mph – unthinkably fast for the time – and cost a fraction of what Ferraris with similar performance did. Even Enzo Ferrari credited the Jag as being the most beautiful car ever made.

Fewer than 8,000 Series II Roadster V12s were made from 1971 onwards, and only one was owned by Irish superstar Best. This car had 310bhp when new, sprinting to 60mph in 6.8 seconds.

It is due to be sold at the H&H Classics sale at Duxford in Cambridgeshire on October 14, where it is expected to reach between £40,000 and £60,000.

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