Bidders to battle for Best Jag

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For decades debate has raged over which is the Best Jaguar.

But now this title can applied, quite literally, to a classic V12 E-Type going under the hammer next week.

That’s because it once belonged to the late, legendary former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer George Best.

Few available Jags will be so coveted this year. Experts believe it’s likely to fetch anything from £40,000 to £60,000 at the H&H Classics auction on October 14.

Enzo Ferrari himself hailed the V12 as the world’s “most beautiful” motor ever.

A potted history of Georgie’s jag
1971: sporting icon Best buys the model from new, to his own specifications. Its 310bhp gives him the capability of 0-60mph over 6.8 seconds.
1972-74: regularly featured on the TV news after Best drives away from a series of rows with Tommy Docherty, the then Manchester United manager.
1974: Best sells his pride and joy. George Best's Jaguar E-Type

A potted history of the Series II Roadster V12
- built specifically to race
- made its first appearance at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in 1961
- it had all the advantages of achieving speeds of 150mph at only a portion of the cost of similarly-performing Ferraris
- under 8,000 models were manufactured from 1971

How can I bid (or just view the auction)?
Where? Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Cambs. CB22 4QR
When? Wednesday, October 14
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What the expert says
Damian Jones, director of H&H sales, says he is constantly surrounded by the planet’s greatest classics. But even he admits he is personally tempted by this beauty.

He says the machine and its driver are legends and believes there are loads of driving enthusiasts who would love to get behind its wheel.

Watch 6 of the Best moments
1968: inspires a European Cup final victory for Manchester United, who become the first English club to lift the trophy. Scores an extra-time goal as classic as his Jag in a 4-1 win over Portuguese giants Benfica.

1970: not content with one hat-trick, he actually scores two in United’s 8-2 FA Cup win at Northampton Town.

1971: possibly the only player to ever make Irish compatriot and Spurs goalkeeping great Pat Jennings look daft, thanks to an audacious lob that is still replayed to this day.

1971: cheekily “scores” after taking the ball out of another goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks’s hands. His effort is disallowed, however.

1974: thrills The Big Match audience in Fulham’s televised match against Rochdale, nearly turning it into an exhibition game with fellow flamboyant star Rodney Marsh. At one point they actually try and tackle each other ... despite being on the same side. (1:48)

1981: scores what some critics call the best-ever goal - during his spell in the US with San Jose Earthquakes. He pulls several defenders this way and that, making it seem as if the ball is glued to his feet.

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