[concours] Head color

We have two members of our local Jaguar club who each have a 1966 Series
I E Type OTS, one with silver painted head and the other with gold. Can
anyone tell me which is correct?

Len Wheeler

Len Wheeler asks about 1966 E-Type cylinder head colors.

The series one should be Gold (engine # prefix 7E). Only after the series
one did the cylinder head color change to silver, commencing with the series
one and a half (also engine # prefix 7E), and series two (engine # prefix
7R).

Bruce MacCormack

Bruce

Thank you for the information! Every where I looked I got the impression the
Series I cars all had a gold head and that the silver head started with the
series I 1/2 cars. My car is a I 1/2 with a silver head and I know its
original. but when two cars the same year are different I was sure one had been
repainted.

Len

Bruce MacCormack wrote:> Len Wheeler asks about 1966 E-Type cylinder head colors.

The series one should be Gold (engine # prefix 7E). Only after the series
one did the cylinder head color change to silver, commencing with the series
one and a half (also engine # prefix 7E), and series two (engine # prefix
7R).

Bruce MacCormack

Len Wheeler wrote:

We have two members of our local Jaguar club who each have a 1966
Series I E Type OTS, one with silver painted head and the other with
gold. Can anyone tell me which is correct?

Gold. Is the silver one actually painted or just bare aluminum? My own 1967
is bare aluminum, but as I do more research, I am coming to the conclusion
that the gold paint may have been removed.
-Steve A.
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40

It looks to me like it is in fact painted silver. What color was under the
silver I don’t know. Probably who ever did the restoration work had a can of
silver paint and did not have any gold so thats how the head got painted
silver. Thanks for the response you have reinforced our understanding of the
correct color!!

Len

Steve Averill wrote:> Len Wheeler wrote:

We have two members of our local Jaguar club who each have a 1966
Series I E Type OTS, one with silver painted head and the other with
gold. Can anyone tell me which is correct?

Gold. Is the silver one actually painted or just bare aluminum? My own 1967
is bare aluminum, but as I do more research, I am coming to the conclusion
that the gold paint may have been removed.
-Steve A.
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40

7/16/00

Hi Bruce MacCormack & all – Bruce, the Jaguar Clubs of North America
(JCNA) Official JCNA Concours d’ Elegance Rules, p/6-7, calls out: “Old
Gold heads on early E-Types were original equipment. However, Concours
exhibition of Old or New Gold is permitted.” I thought this might help –
take care – Larry Martz*****
Len Wheeler asks about 1966 E-Type cylinder head colors.

The series one should be Gold (engine # prefix 7E). Only after the series
one did the cylinder head color change to silver, commencing with the series
one and a half (also engine # prefix 7E), and series two (engine # prefix
7R).

Bruce MacCormack

Hi Larry Martz! Great to hear from you! Just to add to the finite detail
of E-Type cylinder head colors… did you know that the first produced
(3.8) E-Types had heads painted “Bahama Yellow” before Gold was introduced?

Cheers,

Bruce

Larry Martz wrote:

Hi Bruce MacCormack & all – Bruce, the Jaguar Clubs of North America
(JCNA) Official JCNA Concours d’ Elegance Rules, p/6-7, calls out: “Old
Gold heads on early E-Types were original equipment. However, Concours
exhibition of Old or New Gold is permitted.”

Despite what the rules say, there were early E-Types that had heads that
were not gold. At our April Tech Session at Autosport in Seattle, I saw an
early E-Type that had a pumpkin-colored head. John Maloney, the session
host, went out of his way to draw our attention to it as such. Maloney sees
a LOT of Jaguar heads. I took photos. I also believe that some of the very
late S1 cars had bare heads. There’s an example of this on page 54 of
“Jaguar E-Type” by Matthew Stone. The car in question is a 1967 with open
headlamps. I don’t know if the changeover occurred prior to the loss of the
headlamp covers. A 1966 doesn’t fit into either of these extremes and
DEFINITELY should be gold.

                                          -Steve A.

'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40

Are the “pumpkin” colored heads the same as the “old gold” color that the
rule books refer to?
Thanks,
John Testrake in St. Louis
84 xj6

In a message dated 7/16/00 8:31:22 PM Central Daylight Time,
averill@earthlink.net writes:

<< At our April Tech Session at Autosport in Seattle, I saw an
early E-Type that had a pumpkin-colored head. >>

There is actually an Ocher and a Pumpkin. I have seen both and had quart
samples matched so I do have the formulas if there is an interest.

Steve Kennedy
Denver

Jtestrake@aol.com wrote:> Are the “pumpkin” colored heads the same as the “old gold” color that the

rule books refer to?
Thanks,
John Testrake in St. Louis
84 xj6

In a message dated 7/16/00 8:31:22 PM Central Daylight Time,
averill@earthlink.net writes:

<< At our April Tech Session at Autosport in Seattle, I saw an
early E-Type that had a pumpkin-colored head. >>