Hi Tim, Kevin and other interested listers,
Well, I’m not sure if you have a gang on three continents, if so I
suppose we are an international gang.
I also have a 1993 Jaguar in ‘Regency Red’ mica-talic. Less saturated
than the Daimler’s colour, with mica in it. That’s probably the paint
in your touch up stick, though I would have said darker not lighter,
so maybe not.
The original paint on mine had faded to a horrible pink except where
it was rusty. I took six years to restore it, it was so fully
stripped that I and another chap lifted the body, and I’m no Sampson.
When it came back from the spray shop it looked awful, truly
horrible. I went and got the section of rear wing we had cut off from
behind the rear lamp cluster and was surprised to find it was indeed
the right colour. It is amazing how the chrome toned down the colour
as I gradually re-fitted it. Its in two-pack now, clear over base.
Still looks good 13 years on and no sign of fading yet.
There are a few maroon V8s here in England, but most seem to be a
darker shade, maybe they have been re-sprayed incorrectly, anyway put
them in a field next to mine on a sunny day and there is no contest,
proper Regency Red looks gorgeous. There must be at least one other
proper one as I have a mouse mat from the DLOC and I know it isn’t
mine, but you’d never know it.
Mine has a beige interior. Automatic, Ad-West power steering, Waso
steering lock, no wing mirrors to spoil the line, seat belts andd a
motorola five button radio (all from new). Later on I’ve added a
Kenlowe fan (but kept the original too), ‘pointless’ SU fuel pump and
electronic ignition. Oh, and I replaced the electric aerial which had
an up/down switch to a more modern one with a wire I soldered into
the radio via the hole in one of the pop rivets, looks identical though.
The engine block is from a 1965 car as mine was cracked (my brother
left it out one winter with no anti-freeze). It now +10 thou on the
pistons and I think -20 on the big ends and mains. I run it on
Penrite HPR30 oil and unleaded with no additives.
My father bought it in 1970 for 1488 GB Pounds. Prior to passing my
driving test, I clocked up more miles in it than in my driving
instructors car, so I like to say I learnt to drive in it. It was my
sister’s wedding car. When I was a young computer programmer working
for Marconi Avionics, part of my job was the software system
maintenance of the division’s main software development computer, so
I stayed on until 6:30 many nights and so had special permission to
come in as late as 10:30 a.m. The looks, and even salutes I got from
some of the security guards were great, they could not work out who
the young guy who turned up an hour and a half after every one else,
driving a beautiful petrol guzzling Daimler in the middle of a fuel
crisis could be. The main reason was that my father commuted 50 miles
and I only 28, so it made sense for me to drive the Daimler and he
the more economic Triumph. Later on my brother took it over and ran
it into the ground. I had a company car by then, so I swapped my
spare car, a Rover 2200SC for the Daimler and started the restoration.
What else can I tell you. Chassis number P1K4718BW. 47:11 ratio back
axle, which I think is standard for a '69 car. Heated rear window,
again I think that’s standard too. Radial tyres on steel wheels.
Still has ‘zone-toughed’ windscreen, so no chips like most laminated
screens. The vent flap works, though doesn’t quite close fully, and
while it was off the car I kept filling it with Smooth-rite paint, so
should not rust outwards anyway. I replaced the under-bonnet
mouldings and the new ones are a bit naff, once in a while they fall
out but the engine catches them.
I have another Daimler too, a 1998 Super V8 which I’ve had for about
a month, so I am really enjoying exercising the 370 horses under the
bonnet. It is a similar colours, ‘Madeira’ with an ‘Ivory’ leather /
‘Sable’ interior. Probably the novelty will have worn off in time for
the 2008 show season and can once more feel the V8-250 is the best
car (its certainly the most valuable of all my 7 vehicles).
Roger Holmes.On 21 Aug, 2007, at 13:04, Dame Zara Moneypitt wrote:
So Roger & Kevin, are we three the Regency Red V8-250 gang? My '69
non-metallic maroon (many pics at my blog: http://
which I’d always suspeacted was the same Regency Red as the '76 Jag
that my dad used to have, but I wasn’t sure if it was an exact
match for the
original shade or not–my car has been repainted at least once,
the ‘hidden’ spots I’ve found so far look to be much the same shade.
Beware, though, I bought a touch-up stick that was called ‘Regency
it was a much lighter, sparklier, gold-flecked colour.
Among the V8s in our (Melbourne, Australia-based) club, mine is the
Regency Red one that I know of: I saw one the same in Christchurch
and I see that ‘Fuzz’ Townsend, the newest staff writer at ‘Practical
Classics’ magazine, also drives one
Does anyone know how many cars were made in each colour? There are
a lot of
white ones in Australia, and the various silver/grey tones, dark
[Commercial use of subscribers e-mail addresses prohibited.]
To remove yourself from this list, go to
// list policy dictates that messages be trimmed