To piggy back on this thread with respect to numbers: The scuttle plate on my 120 DHC shows chassis number 677577, however, when it was initially stamped the chap responsible clearly did not have access to a “5” and used an “S” instead. As far as the Ontario Department of Transport is concerned my vehicle is on record and always has been as 677S77. I have written to them informing them that Jaguar did not use letters in the chassis numbers of this particular model. The classic response from the bureaucracy was, of course, nothing. So to this day it remains on record officially as 677S77.
Securing a Heritage Certificate some years ago, using the “correct” chassis number, confirmed a lot of what I was aware of with respect to the car’s early history, paint colour etc. and convinced me that 677577 was in fact accurate. But it always niggled away, particularly when Charles Bishop in Texas observed that his DHC was very close to mine in terms of chassis number and remarked that it was odd that cars so close in number should go to such disparate destinations.
Those concerns were put to rest when I finally took paint stripper to the top of the LH frame rail just ahead of the master cylinder this weekend. What was exposed was indeed 677577, this time with the number “5” as opposed to an “S”. Yet another thing checked off the list!