I have a friend near me that owns an early, steel bodied XK120 OTS. He is restoring it and greatly dislikes the original color scheme of Pastel Green Metallic with Suede Green interior. He intends to do a complete color change. I also wish to point out that he values an accurate as possible restoration apart from the color change. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and variety is indeed the spice of life but I told him it is a gorgeous combination and also rare, being only on the early XK120s. To me, being a real fan of the earliest XK120s and loving all of the early features almost obsessively, that alone tips the scale for me. Can some of you other owners of early XK120s with that exterior combination chime in? I would be very interested in how others perceive this color. Also what is your opinion about keeping a car in it’s original livery to enhance its sale value, not that it should be the final determining factor in a color choice.
In another, similar, train of thought, when I got my XK120 FHC 30 years ago it was Pastel Green (not metallic) with a Red interior. At the time I viewed that color as ridiculous. Now, thirty years later, I love it. In my way of thinking, it is a retro 1950’s fashion statement not unlike what colors a model at the time may have worn on a Paris runway. I know it is an unusual combination because 30 years ago I was at the Meadowbrook Concors and the first in class winner was, you guessed it, an identical, all original FHC. I blurted out to the owner that I had one at home “exactly like that!” and I am positive he thought “Oh sure, and Elvis is still alive” because he thought his car was unique. We had to visit him and eventually befriend him before he thought otherwise.