XJ6 & XJ12 Series I, II & III 1968-1992

Factory Paint Options - 2 tone or no?

 
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Was the two tone an actual factory option?
 
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I've never seen one but that doesn't mean there weren't any.
It says "Original," but we are dealing with CraigsList after all, and people can post anything they want.

My own car was originally listed there as Series 3. Seller thought he could get away with it because it has several Series 3 bits attached.
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There were no 'factory' wire wheels, either....but that's a common misconception.

In saying "black over burgundy" I believe the seller is describing an all black car with dark red interior, not a two tone paint job. Than manner of description/expression isn't used much these days

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Doug is right that "color1 over color2" usually means color1 = exterior color and color2 = interior color. Used frequently on bringatrailer.com (great site, BTW). But look closely at the listing photo and in one of them you can see that the top of the car is black and below the feature line is burgundy. Totally weird.

Given what restored coupes are going for these days I imagine these will get swooped up quickly. They need to post in the L.A. Craigslist.
 
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While all of the above is true regarding descriptions, the original (and no longer pertinent) question remains: was there a two tone paint option from the factory for the Series III? The answer is NO because the people at Jaguar generally had good taste. That said, it was possible to specify bespoke paint colours at an unspecified cost!
 
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I like it !
 
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Iv seen this car come up for sale, a few times in the last 5 years, over here.
Jag sure didnt do 2tone colors.
 
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I wish there was a side profile pic of the car. I seriously considered a real dark burga

ndy below the feature line with the black above, but was talked out of it by my paint guy. So I went all black instead. I'm not disappointed at all, but still wonder what the dark burgundy would look like.
 
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Wow Bill, what a beauty! What's the story on the chrome or s/s spear on the side? Was that added when it was Daimler-ized? Or was it an option on the SII or the coupe? Looks great either way.

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two tone paint was available at Jaguar in the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s it became a custom job.
Not easy to do a two tone at the waist of an XJ, it takes an expert.



 
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Jeff - yes, it was added by the PO when it was Daimler-ized. His paint job and body work was really shabby. Not so any more!!
 
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I wish there was a side profile pic of the car. I seriously considered a real dark burga
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ndy below the feature line with the black above, but was talked out of it by my paint guy. So I went all black instead. I'm not disappointed at all, but still wonder what the dark burgundy would look like.
The Prettiest of the Series 2s are BLACK !!
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Found this ............not bad.


 
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Another one that was posted here on the Forum.

 
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The year is 1975 and Cadillac presents its new "International" sized model....The 1976 Seville. It's not difficult to see the XJ6 influence. The car is a smashing success for Cadillac. It's fast, nimble, economical, but it was widely criticized by the Cadillac faithful for not having a Cadillac engine. Interesting... it has a fuel injected Oldsmobile engine. As a package it worked. I had two, 1 Elegante and they're a bright spot among the group of malaise era 70's cars.

By 1978 Cadillac offered up an premium model called the Seville Elegante with chrome strip and factory 2 tone paint. At the time this was so revolutionary for America's most conservative luxury brand and it was very well received. Even today, Elegant's are highly sought after. The two tone paint job became a "thing" again as many people resorted to cosmetic customizations. The bright colors and high HP of the muscle car era were in the rear view mirror as performance and speed parts were far less practical in the smog era. What came first in the 70's? Cadillac or the Customizers? I dont know but I suspect the customizers... Cadillac made it classy.



Curiously the start up performance luxury brand BMW targeted this car in their sales brochure for it's shoddy american build quality. The BMW brochure actually has pictures of the Seville and it's poorly fitting trim parts. Something unheard of today. Now-a-days BMW would just hire a journalist to do their bidding. Fast forward 40 years and BMW is at the top of the Luxury pyramid while Cadillac and Jaguar are on the ropes, I suspect one of them wont last the decade.
 

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Great write-up. Oldsmobile is gone, Pontiac is gone, Buicks are made in China. I would not be surprised is Cadillac is next. On the other hand Jaguar is going electric, has great styling and still makes a supercharged V8. I'm hoping Jaguar survives a long time.

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Those early Sevilles were a sweetheart to drive.

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thanks for the input on the colors everyone, I didn't think these came in 2 tone colors originally. Also, I wish I hadn't sold my 77 coupe. oh well.
 
 
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