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In 1965, Charles Lee Becker, president of Handy Andy, a grocery store chain based in San Antonio, Texas, celebrated his success by ordering a new E-Type Roadster. Completed on July 7, his car was finished in Pale Primrose Yellow with beige upholstery, a Fawn soft top, and a black hardtop.
Mr. Becker collected his E-Type in Coventry and enjoyed it for five years, driving the car almost 30,000 miles. In November 1970, he sold the Jaguar to Harold Richardson, a fellow San Antonian who served as the E-Type’s faithful custodian for the next 34 years. Mr. Richardson kept a detailed logbook dating from 1970 through 1984, when the E-Type was parked with just 40,737 miles. The car remained in storage until his passing in 2004, whereupon it was sold to the consignor, a collector with a passion for unrestored sports cars. In his care, the Jaguar was returned to running order and has benefited from sparing use. Today, the car possesses the unmistakable characteristics of a well-kept, unrestored E-Type. The chassis, engine, and body numbers match the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, and the consignor reports that the car retains most of its factory paint finish, as well as its original soft top, Triplex glass, Girling shock absorbers, stickers, and chalk marks. The sale includes the tool kit, jack, and owner’s manual, as well as Mr. Richardson’s logbook.
A three-owner, low-mileage Series I E-Type is an incredibly rare find – one worthy of serious consideration.