[concours] Series 3 XJ6 Wheels

As a member of the JCNA Protest Committee I have been given a heads-up
that a concours protest is enroute concerning the wheels on a 1987 XJ6.
The car apparently had chrome wheels on it when purchased new. They are
the proper style wheels but the judges could not be convinced that
chrome was a factory offered option.

I, too, have been told that the factory never offered chrome alloy
wheels for Series 3 XJ6s. However, they were obviously available to the
dealerships from some source.

Does anyone on this list have any information on this topic? I would
welcome your comments. I’m not a current member of the XJ Sedans list,
if some of you are and would kindly post this question there, I would
appreciate it.

Direct responses or copy to: <@F8driver>

Thanks, Dick Cavicke

As a member of the JCNA Protest Committee I have been given a heads-up
that a concours protest is enroute concerning the wheels on a 1987 XJ6.
The car apparently had chrome wheels on it when purchased new. They are
the proper style wheels but the judges could not be convinced that
chrome was a factory offered option.

I, too, have been told that the factory never offered chrome alloy
wheels for Series 3 XJ6s. However, they were obviously available to the
dealerships from some source.

Does anyone on this list have any information on this topic? I would
welcome your comments. I’m not a current member of the XJ Sedans list,
if some of you are and would kindly post this question there, I would
appreciate it.

Direct responses or copy to: f8driver@pacbell.net

Thanks, Dick Cavicke

Dick,

From everything I have learned about S3 chrome wheels they were NOT a
Factory item. At best they were a selectively installed dealer item.

Reason is… I found this out the hard way. When i worked at a tire store
many years ago we got a S3 VDP in for a new set of P5s (Shows you how long
ago it was…) and one of our goons broke the wheel. So, I called the
local dealer to order a replacement. I was told very specifically that:

A) They had no part number for anything other than the “Kent” wheel in
silver finish.

B) They had never seen a Jaguar with them

Also, I do know that in several European countries Chromed wheels are
illegal. Apparently the chroming process weakens the wheel somewhat. Im
unsure about the UK, but I doubt that they are factory. The same would
apply for wire wheels. These are NOT FACTORY! These were all supplied by
Dayton, and Jaguar’s position has been that they will not entertain any
warranty claims with even the slightest relation to wire wheels.

Hope this helps.

Bill

btw, Standard wheels for Every Single Series 3 sold in the US were the
Kent alloys, with the exception of the 1979 S3 which used chrome hubcaps.On Wed, 10 Jun 1998, Dick Cavicke wrote:

Re> S3 xj wheels. For North America only three wheel types were available on
the sedan. In 79 and 80, a steel wheel with a wheel cover, black and stainless.

After 1980, the KENT painted alloy wheel was standard. In some years, in
Canada on the Sovereign and Vanden Plas models right up to 1992, the
OGLE perforated wheel was supplied. The dealer could supply this on the
xj6 as well. Some years the VDP came with the Kent, others with the OGLE.
The Sovereign usually, but not always, was supplied with the Kent. My 84
Sovereign, for example was supplied new with the Kent wheel (I have changed
it to the OGLE) while my 82 xj6 was supplied as well with the Kent. There
was NEVER a chrome Kent wheel. Ever. But the late 70’s xj12 and xjs DID have
a polished version of the Kent wheel, and perhaps this is the wheel referred
to in the original posting. By the way, the 79 and 80 and early 81 xj
sedans were supplied in the US and Canada with whitewall tyres!
I hope this helps.
Gregory Andrachuk
Victoria, Canada

Gregory,
I just happened to be reading your message about wheels. What does OGLE
stand for.
Steve
Denver, Colorado

Steve: OGLE is the name of the designer, an engineer who designed the wheels
for Jaguar, and has done some other very interesting automotive stuff, includin
g some “one-off” cars. Conversely, I doubt ver much that the KENT wheel was
designed by anyone named Kent, but who knows? It is possible.

                                           Gregory Andrachuk