John and Lynnette Lynn, from Carlingford in NSW, with their stunning 1965 Series 1 E Type Jaguar in the Jaguar National Rally at Royal Park. Picture: GEOFF ROBSONJOHN Lynn can claim he has one of the best Jaguars in Australia and that it belonged to former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating.
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Mr Lynn and wife Lynnette, both of Carlingford, Sydney, are in Launceston with their series 1 4.2 E-Type as part of the Jaguar National Rally.

The 46th rally saw more than 100 Jaguars parade from the Country Club Tasmania at Prospect to Royal Park yesterday, where they were displayed for most of the day.

Mr Lynn’s beauty was a drawcard at Royal Park, which was fitting given it won the top award at the national rally in Melbourne last year.

Jaguar National Rally 2015 | Photos National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

National Jaguar Rally.Photo by Geoff Robson

TweetFacebookHe said the car was built in December, 1965, shipped to Australia in January, 1966 and first sold in June, 1966 to Dr David Smith.

‘‘I’ve been trying to chase its history,’’ Mr Lynn said.

‘‘We met its first owner Dr David Smith and he told us he had sold it to Paul Keating.

‘‘He also gave us the original duty stamp receipt.’’

The receipt showed the Jag originally cost $3100.

Mr Lynn paid $70,000 for it in 2007 from a Shannons Sydney Motor Show Auction.

He hadn’t seen the car before he bought it, as he and Mrs Lynn were overseas and put in an absentee bid.

‘‘It was in running order. It was tired and needed some help, but it was driveable,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve fixed it up gradually over the past four-and-a-half years.’’

While Mr and Mrs Lynn love their car, they don’t drive it often and even had it brought to Tasmania in a sealed container.

‘‘I enjoy working on it and keeping it clean, but beyond that it’s too special and worth too much money,’’ Mr Lynn said.

Mr Lynn said he loved the camaraderie of national rallies and that he would love to claim the outright winner in Concours d’Elegance and the best sports car in d’Elegance awards again.