'Gold-plated XK engine'

At the London Motor Show in October 1960 Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones were escorted around the stands by Geoffrey Rootes, presidentof the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. According to press reports ‘they discussed the eye-catching Jaguar exhibit - a gold plated XK engine - with Sir William Lyons, chairman and managing director of the firm’

Assuming this isn’t just a gold cylinder head, does it still exist and has anyone seen it?

Not getting mixed up with the MK11 that had gold plated every thing?

Or the XJ12 gold plated everything?

Many thanks. The article said ‘XK engine’ but it could just be sloppy journalism. It does look as if it’s the the car and an interesting publicity idea. It seems that it later went back to the factory and was stripped of the gold and sold as a standard car. The car auctioned by Bonhams was a replica.

Oh for real. Nice. The real one must still exist?

Oneof my cars came withgold plated spinners.
They don’t look good on a car so I just put them on the shelves

Gold accents in any given car are easily overdone: a small bit goes a loooooong way.

I remember when it was very popular to buy a “gold trim package” as a dealer installed option. To impart that golden tint coveted by bling lovers the plating only needs to be a few tenths of a micron thick. Dealer markup on those packages were on the order of 500% to 1000%.