[Saloon-lovers] Colour Indigo Blue?

Here’s one for the verbose amongst us. I’ve not seen, nor can an
electronic picture convey, what the Jag colour ‘Indigo Blue’ looks
like. It sounds good and, as I’m looking to paint up my restoration
soon, I wondered if anyone could describe it for me? Is it deep or
light, has it got purple tones or not, etc. etc.?

I’m looking for something very dark, but not black, with richness.
No metallics though, not brave enough for that yet :wink: and can’t
afford to pay someone else to do it. Anyway, how else do you learn?

TIA, Adam.–
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We would call this color “Midnight Blue”. GM had an “Indigo Blue”
listed for some years. I had a Suburban which was two-toned with MB
and Silver. A nice color - not Navy Blue. A bit lighter.

John

Here’s one for the verbose amongst us. I’ve not seen, nor can an
electronic picture convey, what the Jag colour ‘Indigo Blue’ looks
like. It sounds good and, as I’m looking to paint up my restoration
soon, I wondered if anyone could describe it for me? Is it deep or
light, has it got purple tones or not, etc. etc.?

I’m looking for something very dark, but not black, with richness.
No metallics though, not brave enough for that yet :wink: and can’t
afford to pay someone else to do it. Anyway, how else do you learn?

TIA, Adam.

Adam 2.4 Mk2
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In reply to a message from Adam 2.4 Mk2 sent Sat 18 Jun 2005:

I have a '65E that’s indigo blue and the color’s a little hard to
describe. In a garage with normal lighting it looks black. Outside
in direct sunlight it looks like you took the darkest blue
available on any new American car (I have a '64E with midnight
blue) and mix it with some red to give an wierd red/purple glow to
it.

The color is one that grows on you over time. I guess in another 20
years, I might even like it.

My boss restored a MK2 for a guy and he wanted that color 'cause it
was original on the car. After OK’ing a paint sample we painted it
indigo blue. The customer hated that color in the sun and wanted
the red toned down. After OK’ing a second sample of a toned down
shade with some red taken out, we painted it again. He hated that
color too. The third time it was painted in Chrysler Midnight Blue
and he loved it.

The guy thought he shouldn’t pay for the two earlier sprays even
tho he OK’ed the samples. Ended up he didn’t pay for them and
hasn’t been to our shop since. He also hasn’t been to other near-by
Jag rest. shops because we all talk to each other about such
customers. Eventually he started selling his Jags, cause no-one
within a few hundred miles would work on his cars.

Phil.–
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In reply to a message from Adam 2.4 Mk2 sent Sat 18 Jun 2005:

Hi Adam-

My 1959 Mark I is indigo blue, I personally really like it, and it
appears to get a lot of compliments.

Take a look at Philip Porter’s book ‘‘Jaguar History of a Classic
Marque’’. The cover shows a Indigo Blue saloon, and there are number
of shots of them in the book in this color.

It is a very rich color with great depth and variaty in the light.
Bright light makes it almost purple, dim light makes it a blue
black.

Cheers-
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soon, I wondered if anyone could describe it for me? Is it deep or
No metallics though, not brave enough for that yet :wink: and can’t


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Adam,

I have an XK 140 that is painted Indigo blue. As others have already
commented, it appears black in some lighting. It is not a metallic colour,
just a very deep dark blue. If you want to do the painting yourself just
remember that darker colours will show level imperfections more so than
lighter colours. Good body preparation is very important to the success of a
dark top coat paint job.

Dave McKay

Here’s one for the verbose amongst us. I’ve not seen, nor can an
electronic picture convey, what the Jag colour ‘Indigo Blue’ looks
like. It sounds good and, as I’m looking to paint up my restoration
soon, I wondered if anyone could describe it for me? Is it deep or
light, has it got purple tones or not, etc. etc.?

I’m looking for something very dark, but not black, with richness.
No metallics though, not brave enough for that yet :wink: and can’t
afford to pay someone else to do it. Anyway, how else do you learn?

TIA, Adam.

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Hi guys,

What is the difference between the Mk X and E Type triple SU manifolds?
I’ve got a manifold but don’t know what it’s off.

Shane

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In reply to a message from Shane Jarvis sent Sun 19 Jun 2005:

Shane,
The easiest way to identify them is that the E manifold
slopes up from the carbs, whereas the Mk X one is straight.
I don’t know if an E manifold will fit in a Saloon, but I
know for a fact that the Mk X will definitely not fit in an E.
All academic really, as if you have an E manifold you
can sell it and buy 3 new Mk X manifolds.

Andrew–
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What is the difference between the Mk X and E Type triple SU manifolds?
I’ve got a manifold but don’t know what it’s off.


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In reply to a message from JagWaugh sent Sun 19 Jun 2005:

Hi the MKX manifold had 2 or 3 steel pipes under the plenum that
went to the cold start enrichment device. and when the plenum came
away from the head, it curled upward a bit, so the carbs would
clear the frame. and an e manifold will not fit a MKX pajtas–
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In reply to a message from David G. McKay sent Sun 19 Jun 2005:

Thanks all for the help & advice. I’m gonna go for it! Don’t know
about the rest of the world, but here in the UK I can botch up the
spray job five times and still only have spent half what the
mediocre shops are asking. A ‘good’ shop is asking about �4000 even
though the shell is already stripped of all fixings and in primer.

Adam.–
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