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Week in Motoring: Groovy deal on Austin Powers's Jaguar E-Type

Plus, 1928 MG buried under shed wins vintage award; Ferrari raising funds for Italy earthquake victims; two sportsmen drive to new record; and Rolls-Royce hosts dinner at Goodwood.

A classic Union Flag-covered E-Type Jaguar that was one of two to appear in the second Austin Powers movie is on sale. The 1970 XKE Cabriolet was driven by Powers (played by Mike Myers) in the 1999 film as he set about overcoming Dr Evil, his world domination-obsessed nemesis. The collector's item is being offered for sale via Dutch dealer E&R Classic Cars (erclassics.com) for €89,000 (Dh406,540) and the company said it is in very good condition. The Jag underwent a full restoration before filming and it has been driven just 6,473 miles (10,417km) since then. It has a 4.2L engine that produces 265hp, giving it a 0 to 100kph time of 6.3 seconds.

 

1928 MG buried under shed wins vintage gong

A 1928 MG MK IV racing car that was found dismantled and buried under a shed has won an award after being restored to its former glory. The car, which may have lain underground for 50 years, was restored by Fred Body, of Somerset, England, before scooping the Best Vintage Car award at the British Classic Car Show, reports the Daily Mail. No one knows for sure how it came to be dismantled piece by piece and left underground but Body reckons it was buried because of the impending Second World War. The car was found under a cow shed in 1999. It took Body a year to piece the two-seater together again. He completed the painstaking task earlier this year and the car, of which there are only 135 from 1928, won the gong in April.

 

Ferrari raising funds for Italian 'quake victims

Ferrari is holding an online auction with proceeds going to help people affected by the earthquakes that have rocked northern Italy in recent weeks, killing at least 17 people and leaving hundreds injured. Website www.ferraristore.com will feature a dedicated section aimed at raising as much money as possible. Among the items up for auction will be the 599XX Evo, which costs €1.3 million (Dh5.9m) new, and several Formula One items, such as racing suits and helmets donated by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

 

Two sportsmen drive their way to new record

Former Formula One driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd teamed up last month to set one of the craziest Guinness World Records. Coulthard, driving an open-topped Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster at 193kph caught in the car's cabin a ball driven at 286kph by Shepherd, resulting in a new record for the farthest golf shot caught in a moving car (Coulthard was 275 metres from the tee). Who would've thought there would even be such a record? The stunt was to highlight the power of the V8 engine in the SLS, which can hit 100kph in just 3.8 seconds. It will be available to view on YouTube early next month.

 

Rolls-Royce has customers dine on production line

Rolls-Royce hosted a unique event for 100 of its customers, allowing them to "Dine on the Line" at the company's production facility in Goodwood, England. The distinguished customers were there for a gala dinner in the manufacturer's assembly hall, where Rolls-Royce craftsmen and women were on-hand to showcase their skills. The customers also went on a red carpet stroll through the production area and got a look at the new Phantom Series II.