If you are dealing with Mahwah – STOP!!! They have LITTLE idea what
they are doing!!
You need to contact Anders Clausager at Brown’s Lane.
Tell him what you have for proof and what you are being told. He has MUCH
better records even though they claim the records at Brown’s Lane are the
same as Mahwah — they are not.
I am a perfect example. They told me that my Right Hand Drive 420 with UK
registration Mark KRL 376E was delivered to shipside for a customer in
Newquay, New Jersey. I told them that they were wrong, it did not make
sense and since they were IN New Jersey they should KNOW that there has
never been a Newquay in New Jersey. The KRL registration mark put the car
in Newquay, Cornwall, England on the coast. After some Internet research, I
found the daughter of the original owner and she sent me a photo of her Dad
with the car – in the UK.
Even after I told Mahwah what I had found, they still refused to believe
that they were wrong. I contacted Brown’s Lane and they confirmed to me that
the car was NOT shipped directly to the US because it had the wrong
paperwork notations. They told me that the car had been sold by an English
distributor to an English Dealership in Exeter, Devon, England. It did not
have any of the safety features required by the US at that time and was
produced as a UK model with amber tail lights and front turn signals. I
wouldn’t repeat the comment’s Brown’s Lane made regarding Mahwah, but they
were not kind.
Even after all that or possibly despite Brown’s Lane providing the
additional information, Mahwah STILL refused to agree and so in order to get
my certificate, I had to sign a statement agreeing that the certificate
simply state that the car was shipped to Newquay – no country. Thus,
according to Jaguar, my 420 will remain a car without a country!!
Keep in mind that there ARE oddities that take place. I have a friend with
an XKE that was shipped to the US as the pea green color. The dealership
had it painted Midnight blue before delivery because the owner did not want
to wait for a Blue one from the factory. So the 1973 delivery title says the
car is green and the registration for that year says the car is blue.
Mahwah can’t be bothered with actually looking this stuff up with any sort
of diligence. Brown’s Lane on the other hand considers themselves the keeper
of the flame so they are a bit more willing to dig for the differences. They
have been extremely helpful regarding the differences on my Police S-Type,
digging out the build specifications to determine that it had a Positive
Earth alternator and flat XKE type front engine mounts. Contact Brown’s Lane
directly and tell them what you have with the supporting documentation and
Photos. See what they say.
Interesting experience with the JDHT. Requested a
certificate on my 1966 ‘S’ Type recently and when the
temporary showed that the car was built with a Beige leather
interior, I provided the original purchase order specifying
Suede Green interior, the color that was actually fitted
(pictures from date of delivery show it as Suede Green).
The official Certificate states Beige and the apology simply
says that they go by the build record they have available.
I wonder if others have had this experience and if Jag kept
a change order book that JDHT doesn’t have access to. Make
we wonder how useful these things really are?
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