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Old 02-05-2011, 11:51 AM
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Hello, an elderly friend found these in a barn in New Hampshire and asked me to find out the value of them. They are in excellent condition. Can anyone help establish the value of these? They are identical to the ones in THIS PICTURE. I can send 7 pictures but this forum will not let me upload them here.

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These may not have any special value (unless he found them in the barn, mounted upon a cylinder head, in the engine compartment of a real C-Type). The red "C-Type" logos have been available forever as individual items that are easily attached to run of the mill XK engine cam covers. I used to have a replica C-Type that had cam covers identical to those in your picture. Also, along the way, more than one garden variety XK120 had a C-Type head with the self-same cam covers - again, nothing particularly special. I am not sure if one could actually identify a cam cover that originally came from an authentic C-Type.
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I would be more interested in what else he found in the barn
signs, old crap, junk, license plates
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Thanks to both of you. I suspected they had more of a universal application.
I'd still be curious as to the value? Anyone have an idea?
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Up to a few years ago, the XK valve covers were regularly in-stock items, but seem to now only be available on the "secondary" market. Recommend searching eBay - I would guess a mint condition XK120/140 valve cover would go for about $200, per side. The red C-Type badges are still available from the usual suspects for about $60 each. The one hooker is that if you have a valve cover from the earliest release of the XK engine (these are identifiable because there is no bolt hole at the front center edge of the cover - for the so-called stud-less cylinder head), the valve covers would be worth a lot more - if you can find a needy person. So it depends. Can you find a part number cast somewhere in the interior of the valve cover (Cxxxx)?
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Up to a few years ago, the XK valve covers were regularly in-stock items, but seem to now only be available on the "secondary" market. Recommend searching eBay - I would guess a mint condition XK120/140 valve cover would go for about $200, per side. The red C-Type badges are still available from the usual suspects for about $60 each. The one hooker is that if you have a valve cover from the earliest release of the XK engine (these are identifiable because there is no bolt hole at the front center edge of the cover - for the so-called stud-less cylinder head), the valve covers would be worth a lot more - if you can find a needy person. So it depends. Can you find a part number cast somewhere in the interior of the valve cover (Cxxxx)?
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Can I call you on this? Can you reply to shep233@comcast.net ?

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Peter
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Can I call you on this? Can you reply to shep233@comcast.net ?

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Hi Guys!

Thanks for this subject. You realize, of course, that once you go offline and communicate via Email, the thread is lost and those who were interested are orphaned.

I find myself in a comparable "valve-cover" situation to PeterMax – in the early to mid-80’s, I had no fewer than 10 Jags in my stable (a Mk 5, a 120 with a louvered hood, a 140MD roadster, a 150 drophead, three or four 150 coupes, a Mk VIIM, a Mk X, and a 420S), along with more than my fair share of spares, both used and NOS. I found yesterday in my garage not one, but two pairs of C-type aluminum valve covers. Both are the later types with the stud-hole at the front of the cover, and they all seem to have the same part number cast into the underside: “C7186,” as best as I can make out.

I appreciate Mike’s comments, and I am almost glad that I no longer have handfuls of 1950 era motorcars, because it is becoming impossible to find the necessary parts in either the primary or secondary markets, at any price.

I find myself, like too many others these days, to be in a financially awkward situation, so I am cataloging all of my spares and will offer them for sale somewhere – Ebay, Ebids, JCNA classifieds – I haven’t decided yet. But being a defender of the faith, and having been soured by the rank profiteering which ruined British motorcars for the great majority of enthusiasts, I wish only to deal with the end user, someone who will appreciate finding what he needed for his project, rather than dealing with a middleman who will gouge both ends and take all of the fun out of the sport.

Thanks! Joe
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The bosses under the nuts at the front of the cam cover are thicker than most of the others. They are about 1" thick. Also, the original C Types never used a head with the C plaque cast into the head, and the original cam covers never had the badges. Also, the original C Type heads were not painted. The XK140MC was the first car with the red paint.
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