I hate fuzzy memory… I thought we had talked about the Exterior
Door Handles (those that have the “twisted” bar that connected to
the latch mechanism)
Okay, I reviewed the October 2012 thread… Rob Reilly posted
which says the exact opposite… that the early interior handle (Early
FHC and MK V) BD.6 has the horizontal Square Hole and the
later FHC/DHC BD.7855 has the 45 degree off-set square hole.
Then your research showed the BD.6/BD.7855, which was
determined to be correct. I think Rick Holland’s post “nailed it”…
too many years, too many broken interior door handles replaced
with ‘new/used/whatever can be found at swap meets/wrecking
yards’ to accept “XKData Photos” as gosple!
Okay, according to the DHC parts catalogue, my DHC has the
BD.7855 (“Horizontal” Square Hole) door handle which jives
with the two, off my DHC, that I’m holding in my hot little hands…
I could NOT get the square rubber “plug” out from the bottom of
the “square hole”, either… so no part numbers, if they exist there.
I might note that the 120 DHC parts catalogue “shows” the artist’s
misconception with the handles facing “forward”, the ones on my
DHC (seemingly unmolested, at the time of removal) were facing
towards the rear! The “trick” to using the handle “comfortably”
was to simply use the right hand (in an LHD car), slip it under
your left arm, and push down on the handle… Of course, I wore
size 30 pants and weighed a svelte 155lbs, at the time! (I could
also “jump” over the closed door, hood down, and in one fluid
motion, slide down under the steering wheel and into the seat!)
As a side-bar, my DHC’s Window Winders (BD.2233) have a
cast-in “part number”… it is (for the historians) 13092’0 with
WBB1 under the number… and, Yes, there is a “half of a rear
angled hash mark” between the “2” and the Zero… I have no idea
what that means… The parts catalogue shows: “WB.1/3093” in
parentheses… (3093 vs 3092/0?? Close, but no cigar…
Okay, back to the BD.7855 Interior Door Handles with the
“horizontal” Square Hole…
The original query was: Where can I find TWO, mint condition
(no corrosion pimples “growing” under the chrome!) Interior Door
Handles?? I will gladly trade a pair of “sealed in plastic”
reproduction Interior Door Handles (vendor states “Made in
USA”) with the “Forty-Five Degree Angled” Square Holes for a
pair of like condition BD.7855’s (I’ll accept verifiable “Made In
USA or UK” bits ;-} – no Asian Repops!)
http://xktx.org.----- Original Message -----
Yes, we went through this discussion last year and I was the one who
started it. I picked up a pair on eBay that were better than mine but
angled type rather than the horizontal, which I didn’t realize when I
Here’s what we found. What you have are BD8 handles. These were used on
Mark IV and V Jaguars and early XK120 FHC. The XK120 Spare Parts Manual
shows the BD8 used on the first two RHD FHC and the first 887 LHD FHCs.
These are the angled type and they are angled on the Mark IV and V to
angle of the suicide doors.
Now, looking at the XK120 Spare Parts Catalog again, plate BU for FHC
the handle mounted horizontal and facing forward. It is showing BD7855,
the horizontal type, that superceded the BD8.
All DHCs used the BD7855. Once again, the illustration in plate G, part
G10 shows it horizontal and facing forward.
Now, what to do with your angled type. Maybe you will find some early
FHC’ers like I did (Carl Hanson) who have horizontal handles and want to
correct them to the angled type. Worked for us.