The Austin Powers 1970 Jaguar E-Type – fondly referred to in the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as the “Shaguar” – has been offered on eBay for $US59,990 ($68,560). Bidding has ceased for the moment as the reserve was not met after a week on auction.
The left-hand drive vehicle never actually featured in the film, but instead was built for the promotional tour in the US. The right-hand drive movie car resides in Jaguar’s museum in England.
With 4000 miles (6437km) on the clock, the Shaguar is currently in the possession of 45-year-old professional auto restorer Alan Lewenthal from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, who has owned it for around three years.
Mr Lewenthal – a man with a penchant for pop culture cars – also owns a red Ferrari from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and another Ferrari once owned by the late William Holden.
It’s no wonder the “exterior and interior colour” sections in the vehicle description on eBay was answered “other”, with the E-Type featuring a painted British flag exterior, blue and red interior with red retractable roof, red carpeting and white piping.
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