[concours] Correct colors under the bonnet of my E-Type?

Hello out there in Concours - Land!

I am soooo confused. After doing an awful lot of reading in preparation for
an upcoming Concours, I felt that that I had correctly selected the proper
colors for my air plenem and air filter canister: Plenem -Silver,
Canister-Black. I was told by one of the Judges that the colors should have
been silver and silver. (I thought the silver and silver scheme was mainly
found starting with the 4.2’s!) He also informed me that the throttle
linkage, and front suspension wishbones were originally Cad plated and mine
were the wrong “sheen” of silver because I had them clear Zinc plated. I feel
like a dope! My E-Type is a '63 FHC S1 chassis #886514, Engine #R6661-9,
Body# V3302 (an early 3.8 complete with brass damper assemblies atop the carb
chambers). The reading I referred to is as follows:
Plenem and canister colors: (E-Type Jaguar - Andrew Morland, Pg.19, 26,41),
(Jaguar E-Type - Mathew L. Stone, Pg. 31), (Original Jaguar E-Type - Philip
Porter, Pg. 29, 49), (Jaguar E-Type - Denis Jenkinson, Pg. 16), (The Jaguar
E-Type - Paul Skilleter, Pg. 27 “�they were painted silver and black�”),
Suspension component colors: (Original Jaguar E-Type - Philip Porter, Pg. 19
“�top and bottom wishbones and� were zinc plated�”)
Is there magic fountain of originality facts somewhere? Please, someone, help
me get my facts straight. With Gratitude. ETYPE63@AOL.COM

Dear E-type,
This won’t be the complete answer you’re looking for but the only
authenticity documentation which JCNA recognizes is Official Jaguar Cars
publications or JCNA publications.

The one E-Type booklet which JCNA published in March 1994 contains a
couple of pages which touch on the colors of some of the components you
are struggling with.

The best thing is for you to order the booklet. It is the 3.8 and 4,2
Liter E-Type Seminar Book from the March 3-6, 1994 Annual General
Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

Meanwhile, I’ll scan a couple of the pages and email them to you direct.

Good Luck,

Dick Cavicke

Hello out there in Concours - Land!

I am soooo confused. After doing an awful lot of reading in preparation for
an upcoming Concours, I felt that that I had correctly selected the proper
colors for my air plenem and air filter canister: Plenem -Silver,
Canister-Black. I was told by one of the Judges that the colors should have
been silver and silver. (I thought the silver and silver scheme was mainly
found starting with the 4.2’s!) He also informed me that the throttle
linkage, and front suspension wishbones were originally Cad plated and mine
were the wrong “sheen” of silver because I had them clear Zinc plated. I feel
like a dope! My E-Type is a '63 FHC S1 chassis #886514, Engine #R6661-9,
Body# V3302 (an early 3.8 complete with brass damper assemblies atop the carb
chambers).

My early (Dec. 61) 3.8 has a black canister. The suspension parts were
Cad plated, but it’s hard to find a place that will do it anymore, and many
judges only get picky about it when they’re looking at 99.9 cars and
trying to make minor distinctions. For one thing, it’s difficult to prove
that the plating is the wrong metal – if the owner wants to lie and
claim that it’s Cad, what is a judge going to do? Whip out a pocket
mass spectrometer and analyze a sample? We’re not even allowed to touch
the car!

Since you mention it, however, the brass damper knobs were originally
flash-plated with nickel (according to one of our club members who found
a very original set with a few flecks of plating still on them, and did
have them analyzed). Hardly anybody knows this because the plating was
so thin that it was usually worn completely away very quickly (sometimes
by aggressive polishing in preparation for the showroom).

Thomas Haddock’s “Jaguar E-Type Six-Cylinder Restoration and Originality
Guide”, Motorbooks International, ISBN 0-87938-516-2, has a lot of details
about originality but certainly isn’t complete. You have to keep in mind
that Jaguar wasn’t very careful about how they used inventory in building
the cars, so there are many examples of cars that have the “wrong”
parts before or after the official changeover date.

JCNA concours rules state that only factory documentation is admissable
in settling disputes over originality. The spare parts manual is the
favored source for descriptions of many items. Just remember that you
can’t pull out Porter’s or Haddock’s books to settle an argument with a
judge.

Chip