[concours] re:Missing components

In message “Concours Digest V1 #32”, Dick writes:


Removing items can also bring deductions. You may have seen that this
year a lot of E-type owners were taken to task for not having their
front license plate holders in place. The car should have all of the
fixtures required by the country to which it was delivered.

Judging a car which was configured with many accessories, normally found
only in Europe, would make me inquire as to whether it had been
delivered overseas. If it hadn’t been, then I would ask the owner to
validate the authenticity of the extras.


Regards, Dick

An interesting side story. At our concours this past summer,
the owner of one of the E-types entered was trying to make the
claim that his car was not originally delivered to North America,
and as such having the triple SU’s on a 1969 car should be legal.
He did produce some information pertaining to the Heritage Certificate
which indicated that the country of dispatch was not known.
So…I accepted his story, even though I did think that the
car was an original Canadian car, and judged it as if it were
from mainland Europe, as best as I could. Why did I do this, instead
of deducting for the wrong engine bits ? Two reasons, one, we have
a genuine 1969 English E-type in the club, so I knew what I was
looking for as far as under-bonnet items were concerned. Second,
I took the view that even if the car was originally delivered to
Canada, then prepared as if it had been delivered to say Switzerland or
France, (German specification cars are too obvious and difficult to
try to mimic) then that should be acceptable, in the same manner that
a non-original paint colour is acceptable, so long as it is one
that Jaguar offered for that year and car, and it is done correctly,
ie the under bonnet and boot match the exterior. Therefore, I kept
my eyes open for any indication that the car had been delivered to
the States or Canada, and took points off for that, and informed the
people judging the other parts of the car that this was how the owner
was presenting the car, and that they too should take points off
if they found any obvious North American features on the car.

So my point is, even if the car is not as it was originally delivered
from the factory, ie it is missing the front license plate holder,
then that should be acceptable, IF the owner has
offered the car in a configuration that was available from the
factory; no license plate bracket, RHD, English specification,
OR a special, documented car, as in the case of E-type 885351,
a Canadian car without the license plate bracket because it was
picked-up from the factory and first licensed in England, including
the stick-on bonnet license. The current owner still has the original
rear plate, and has photos of the car as it was delivered with
the front license. This is also the car that got me interested in
Jaguars in the first place. :slight_smile:

Comments most welcome, and encouraged.

Cheers, Mark R.

Mark Roberts Phone: (613) 763-2924
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA Fax: (613) 763-3970
1988 VDP - SIII V12 email: @Mark_Roberts
1963 3.8L E-Type Coupe - 17 years into a 3 year project

For Mark Roberts: so, Mark, if I have read your comments about the E type
correctly, you would accept as correct a car configured correctly and
completely as Jaguar would have supplied it to any given market. In other words,
if the car is configured as an American delivery car, then there should be
no, say, French market items on it (yellow headlamp bulbs). But a car configure
as it may have been delivered to Germany would be perfectly acceptable (and
therefore if a Series III xj saloon) would have to have the 7 inch headlamps
and other market-correct items. This seems very sensible and right. What would
you do now with an American market xj saloon that has had 7 inch headlamps inst
alled, seeing that they are the “correct” items that the car was designed to ha
ve (the smaller ones being an American aberration)? Canadian cars, could
of course have either size depending upon the year.

           Gregory Andrachuk