When I showed my newly-acquired 3.5 litre Mk IV to a friend about 17 years ago, he remarked that the pastel green engine paint suggested it had been reconditioned by Repco, an Australia-wide automotive service, parts and accessories group. I accepted this, as it was 55 years old when I bought it, (and very original) and although I had some receipts it did not come with a complete history.
Our covid-19 circumstances have seen me rummaging through my parts collection (which came with the car) and digging out my spare cylinder-head with a view to having it reconditioned to replace the original (which has a slightly burnt valve). The spare was wrapped and very dirty and when I cleaned it, I was a little surprised to find it was the same colour. So perhaps both engines had been serviced/reconditioned by this company in the distant past?
I was a little intrigued when I just saw this LHD car for sale in the UK which previously has only been in the USA and Spain but with the same pastel green colour engine.
So; at the risk or raising an issue which saw some differences in the past, my question for you knowledgeable people is – Is it likely that this is an original Jaguar engine colour, or is it just a fascinating coincidence?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Wishing good health to you all!
Photos of my car’s engine (in 2003 – also note AC pumps painted), my spare cylinder head and the UK sale car attached.