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A word to the wise: we don't guarantee that the colors as illustrated below are accurate, or indeed that they're even close! A LOT of images will be loaded, so please be patient. The colors are presented in alphabetical order along with the years they were generally available, indicated by the black numbers below the color name. The paint codes (if available) are from various internet and written sources--they have NOT been verified!

Note: Non-standard colors were available. Not every catalog color is illustrated. By following the link to "more cars" you will be viewing cars whose color has been self-selected by the person entering the data. This can be frightfully inaccurate at times. Use the cars on this page as a starting point.

 Ascot Fawn 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-105More Ascot Fawn cars... 

 Azure Blue 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7435AMore Azure Blue cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Beige cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Black cars... 

 British Racing Green 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-602 (See note 2)More British Racing Green cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-25458More Bronze cars... 

 Carmen Red 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-303More Carmen Red cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Claret cars... 

 Cotswold Blue 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7411AMore Cotswold Blue cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # 2335 AMore Cream cars... 

 Dark Blue 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-529More Dark Blue cars... 

 Fern Grey 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7431AMore Fern Grey cars... 

 Golden Sand 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-802More Golden Sand cars... 

 Green Sand 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Green Sand cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-308More Heather cars... 

 Imperial Maroon 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7420More Imperial Maroon cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7412AMore Indigo cars... 

 Light Blue 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-507More Light Blue cars... 

 Old English White 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-106More Old English White cars... 

 Opalescent Dark Green 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7416AMore Opalescent Dark Green cars... 

 Opalescent Dark Blue 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7409AMore Opalescent Dark Blue cars... 

 Opalescent Gunmetal 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7402AMore Opalescent Gunmetal cars... 

 Opalescent Maroon 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7421AMore Opalescent Maroon cars... 

 Opalescent Silver Blue 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-7410SMore Opalescent Silver Blue cars... 

 Opalescent Silver Grey 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-701More Opalescent Silver Grey cars... 

 Pale Primrose 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-104More Pale Primrose cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Pearl cars... 

 Regency Red 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-302More Regency Red cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-803More Sable cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Sand cars... 

 Sherwood Green 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-605More Sherwood Green cars... 

 Signal Red 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-301 (See note 1)More Signal Red cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Silver cars... 

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 No paint code available.More Turquoise cars... 

 Warwick Grey 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-703More Warwick Grey cars... 

 Willow Green 
  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 
 Jaguar E-Type photo 
 Glasurit # JAG-603More Willow Green cars... 



  1. Signal Red may not have been available in 1970.
  2. There are several colors on early cars that were very similar (if not exactly the same) to colors available on later cars. These would include the pairings of
    • Carmen Red : Signal Red
    • Imperial Maroon : Regency Red
    • Cream : Old English White
    • Cotswold Blue : Light Blue
    • Indigo : Dark Blue
    • Beige : Ascot Fawn
    Note that they were NOT exactly the same hue, just similar.
  3. Colors not illustrated include: Mist Grey and Lavendar Blue. The 'sand' car above is a '67 and the color was only offered on '63 and '64 cars--in theory, anyway. Mist Grey was also offered on XKs, and there are examples of that color in the XK Color Guide. There is also an XK color called "Lavendar Grey" which is also illustrated. I do not know if it was similar to Lavendar Blue.

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2003-12-01 10:45:46 | tab writes:

I am really having a hard time with the paint on a 1967 Jag. the color is opalescent maroon and I can not get a good color match. can you help or advise me where to to. Dupont metalic is too course and PPG cant come up with a formula...

2003-12-21 10:41:42 | Roger writes:

Please note that you could order any color on an E-Type at any time and Jaguar would be happy to accommodate you. The colors and years listed here are the cataloged factory colors and when they appeared.

However, if Jaguar did paint your car in a custom color, it will have been noted on the build sheet (the Heritage Certificate you can obtain from JDHT). If you're worried about whether the pink coral the car you're looking to buy is indeed "a factory custom color" as the vendor suggests, get the certificate for the car!

Please also note the cars shown here are self-selected and merely the latest five cars with photos listed in the database. No representation of how accurate the colors are is being made!

2004-01-09 16:50:41 | R.N: writes:

Note.1. I have an OTS 1970,Date of manefacture 29 of April 1970, Date of disspatch
5 of June 1970. Chassis number 1R13522. Exterior paint colour Signal Red acc. to
Certificate number 20612 (Originally Colour) RN

2004-06-08 15:19:21 | Stephen W. Pratt writes:

I was told the cpolor of my Jaguar was Regency Red, however it appears based on the examples in these charts, it appears to match the Opalescent Maroon, but Opalescent maroon was not available in 1971. How can I determine its true color?

2004-08-03 11:30:45 | Anonymous writes:

one answer: heritge certificate

2006-01-22 11:57:38 | Paul writes:

HI, I am restoring a MKII 3.8 1961 Jag , and my question is trying to find the colors they used on them at that time . I am interested in painting the car Opalescent Silver / Blue . Also how or were do you get the heritage cert. Thanks for the input.

2006-03-02 11:24:52 | Andy writes:

You list only one shade of British Racing Green spanning 1961-1974. I believe they actually changed this color several times over the years.

2006-03-15 01:26:44 | Roger writes:

Andy, you may be right, but I suspect (though don't know) that whatever actual changes there were in the color are lost in the mists of time, as in paint codes and correct shades. Sorta like if you lined up 100 "signal red" roadsters at a show today you'd probably find 100 slight variations on the theme of "bright red."

As far as I know, and I'm not an expert on this, there are no distinctions made in the factory records regarding the shade of the BRG. That said, it would be far from shocking to learn the 5000 gallons of green they bought in 1962 was a different shade than the 5000 gallons they bought in 1967, etc.

2006-04-12 13:19:33 | Skip Jordan writes:

In 1972 a friend of mine had a new roadster which was painted what we would call today a "fly yellow," but I don't see this color listed here. Do you know when this color was produced? Thank you.

2006-04-12 17:10:14 | WillB writes:

I have a 1972 Series 3 which is Silver and was confirmed to be originally silver when manufactured by the Jaguar Archive in NJ. You show silver as only available in 1973 & 1974. Could this be a special order color in 1972? Thanks.

2006-04-17 01:55:35 | Richard writes:

I have a 1964 FHC, Opalescent Silver Grey (or Gunmetal, it's hard to tell for sure). Is the engine compartment supposed to be the same color. Mine is currently painted black.

2006-05-10 10:54:14 | Skip Jordan writes:

Richard, almost all of the large amount of photo reference I have shows that the underside of the hood, the firewall and frame members are body color.

2006-06-03 00:21:21 | Roger writes:

Skip, bright yellow was never a listed factory color. There was green sand, which was chatreuse-y, and pale primrose, a chalky yellow. It might have been a special order?

And Richard, black in the engine bay is common when the cars are restored by folks who don't have access to good reference materials. British cars as a general rule mostly come with every part of the car with paint painted the body color. American cars are usually the opposite, with black engine bays despite the body color. Lots of exceptions, obviously...

2006-06-22 00:05:50 | John Bertenshaw writes:

I have a 67 2+2 in a colour I'm yet to see on another E type and I wonder if some of you would look at it and comment. It's car 1E50675.
I know about the JDHT certificate and I expect I'll get one at some stage but I'm doing a little research ahead of that. I have asked on jag lovers and have had some good feedback. Since then I've spent a lot of time looking at cars on this site ( thankyou very much for the fine site and database). Although the car has had touch ups and some respray work its clearly extremely close to the original colour( inside doors, under bonnet, spare wheel well etc)which I can only describe as a pale metallic green. A previous owner has mentioned warwick grey but I have only found one example of that to look at and I'm by no means sure that its the colour. My nearest guess so far is pastel metallic green or pale metallic green from the earlier cars.
Any input would be welcome. Thanks again for this fantastic resource.

2006-07-09 04:56:39 | Johnnie Chernusky writes:

Can someone tell me where to find sometouch up paint for my Jag. I need about a teas**** full of Regency Red.

2006-07-27 06:37:06 | Anonymous writes:

Johnnie, try . They'll mix it if they don't already have it.

2006-07-27 06:46:07 | Roger writes:

John, that's a beautiful color. It must either be a factory custom request or a repaint. It looks a LOT like "Healey Blue" as seen on Austin Healeys...the original Healey color is much greener than most of the resprays you see today, though obviously predominantly blue.

That said, I've never seen a Warwick Grey car in my life, so it might be. Someone must know!

2006-07-27 11:25:56 | Bill Brady writes:

An excellent site thank you.

2006-08-25 08:40:34 | Pete Crespin writes:

Indigo Blue and Dark Blue are not the same colour. They are close, but according to my paint supplier the formulas are different and he needed to know which one I had to be sure of getting a match. As it turned out, to match the already-painted tub he had to do a 'variation' on the Dark Blue recipe.

2006-08-26 00:18:56 | Roger writes:

Pete, thanks for the info. I was trying to suggest that they were "similar" not the other words, that Jaguar kept a dark blue in the catalog, but its name (and probably formula) changed at some point, however slightly. That said, I'll change my wording a bit to cause less confusion. I'm good at confusion.

2006-08-28 19:56:52 | Dick writes:

Anyone have the paint code for a 74 silver OTS? Color verified by the Heritage Cert.
Glasurit or PPG.

2006-08-29 14:06:34 | Ron Avery writes:

My Dad bought a new 1965 E-type coupe from Frank Millard sports cars in Encion CA.
It was Willow Green with light Tan interior. I do remenber Frank telling him it was a special order color. I wish I could find the car now. I do have photos of the car if any one would like to see them. And no I do not know the vin # on the car.
Ron Avery Winnetka CA.

2006-09-03 08:29:19 | Myobb writes:

The Primrose Yellow shown on the site is rather to anemic in comparison to my own car. Should be a creamier yellow.

2006-09-05 18:32:17 | Michael writes:

Is the Glasurit number under the pictures the paint code I can use??
I`m searching for the code for SILVER (not gun-metal) for a 1961 3,8 E-Type .
Thanks for help, Michael

2006-09-10 14:00:28 | Fred writes:

I'm looking for a paint number for my 1973 xke roadster (silver)

2006-10-03 09:55:10 | Peter writes:

Hey Folks - Greetings from Vermont! How can I tell the original color of a 1974 XKE? I have the VIN (UE1S25215) and the Body # (4 S 7491), but not sure if it's been repainted. Please email me directly if you have any information. Thanks so much!

2006-10-28 00:05:03 | LARRY HARRIS writes:

For Peter 10/03/06, Remove the 2 thumb screws that holds the center instrument panel, tilt it forward from the top, shine a light against the back of the firewall. That should be the original color.

2006-12-02 17:02:21 | Richard writes:

Re British Racing Green ,The Photos i have from 1969 and 1970 of 1E21656 ( AUGUST 67 F.H.C. ,) B.R.G. was a darker shade than the Green that is seen today on restored cars , which appear much lighter . I personally much prefer the Darker Shade !

2007-01-20 02:21:44 | Bob Sack writes:

About to re-paint my 66 FHC; Car was Opal Silver Grey. Nice, but before painting I am exploring options. I have red interior so that is somewhat limiting. I was hoping to find an example of a Warwick Grey? But also, would it hurt the value of the car if I used a non-standard color for the year? Such as the Gunmetal, which is a 64? Or if I used the red interior in a Opal Silver blue? Etc.

2007-01-22 01:09:49 | Paul writes:


2007-01-22 01:11:23 | Paul writes:

Let's try that again. . . Bob, I am in the exact same situation . . . I have recently commenced restoration of a '64 FHC (890321), the original color of which is also Opal Silver Grey. Nonetheless, though I am pleasently surprised to find the car is not originally its current Opal Maroon (by way of a previous owner), I am also torn about sticking to Opal Silver Grey. . . and the two primary candidates are your two: Opal Silver Blue and Opal Gunmetal. Though my interior is black (verified as original color) and have perhaps more flexibility in matching to an exterior color (everything goes with back, don't ya know), I am similarly interested in the affect going non-standard/original may have on value?

2007-01-25 11:27:31 | Ron Avery writes:

My dad also owned a 1964 FHC Opal Silver Grey with black iterior. My dad bought the car from Frank Millard sports cars in Encion CA. Could your car be his old car?
He replaced the car for a FHC 1965 4.2 in Willow green. Please e-mail if you have any info.

2007-02-22 07:32:23 | mike writes:

Having just obtained a heritage certificate for my 1967 E type OTS, I can confirm that British racing green was most definately available in 1967. My car was built in April of that year Car no. 1e1798

2007-08-14 15:40:25 | Neil Purves writes:

After some contact with PPG Europe I got the following formulation for Opalescent Dark Green. I have since applied it to the car and it looks good.
Main Layer: JAG.B0199
Price Code:
Revision Date: 14/01/1992
Code Description Cum.
740 BLACK 392,50
770 BC SILVER FINE 626,20
797 PHTALO GREEN 807,90
759 MATTING BASE 882,80
741 BRIGHT BLUE 910,80

Neil, Brussels

2007-09-21 10:45:56 | Rich Saylor writes:

I've had 3 E-Type Roadsters in the past. The first was a Series 1 3.8, a 1963 as I recall, the original color was Old English White, with a black interior. The next 2 were both 4.2 roadsters, both '65's; one was a light yellow, the other, Signal Red; both had black interiors. I repanted the yellow car Signal Red. My latest (just acquired) is a '66 coupe, original color (I believe) old english white, red interior.

2007-11-17 11:15:08 | Pekka T. writes:

Hello, in 1963 and 1966 there was no Old English White. The colour was called Cream, it is basically the same colour but the name "Old English White" came up in the early 1970's. In the 1940's, ´50's and ´60's Cream was not yet "old" I guess. Also 1965 there was no "Signal Red", it was called "Carmen Red" but basically looks the same = bright red. Also the light yellow was a very popular colour and is called "Pale Primrose".

And the dark green a lot of people think was British Racing Green was in fact a metallic called "Opalescent Dark Green" BRG was not offered at all in the mid-sixties, special order was available of course, and I believe the "Pastel Green" metallic is one such. It was available in the 1950's for the XK's.


2007-12-14 16:29:41 | carter writes:

I am having my silver 1973 XKE roadster repainted. The inside of the bonnet and engine compartment appear to have been sprayed with some type of undercoater. However, the area around the identification plate is not coated and looks like it is bare metal. I have two questions. How do I get the underaotinmg off? And, more importantly, were the underside of the bonnet, the firewall and other areas in the engine compartment painted the same color as the body or were they originaly black or some other color?

2008-01-06 11:59:29 | pauls writes:

The inside of the bonnet and engine compartment were indeed painted body color, no exceptions. Regarding getting the undercoating off don't know. I've read about others using heat... like from a heat gun, not flame, scraping and lots of work. Good luck.

2008-01-16 07:26:42 | claudia writes:

Hi, Bought a 1972 XKE 2+2. The car is currently red (I assumend Signal red) and as the paint job looks rather scuffy, thought it to be the original color. However, the Trace certificate states "Silver Grey" as color. Can anybody tell me which color that would be as I find only Silver on the above list and assume that "Silver Grey" is not quite the same, especially as mine was manufactured on the 287th of April 1972 and not in 1973 or 1974.
Secondly does anybody own a car that was originally delivered to Jamaica and then brought to Europe - as mine was?! Just out of curiousity.

2008-01-29 13:21:30 | Dan writes:

Carter - just finished this job wi9th my Series III - was about a 6 month "full time" job stripping the car to bare metal inside & out. Undercoating should NOT be inside the engine compartment OTHER THAN inside the opening of the transmission tunnel and the front wheel wells (underside of bonnet). I used aircraft remover - that's the strongest available (at auto paint suppliers), though Ace Hardware has a "Super Stripper" that is 1/3 less and essentially as good. LOTTTTTSSS of hard work and verrrryyy messy removing the undercoating - turns into soft, wet tar.

Once you have the drive train out and suspension removed, everything else is sprayed body color - including the bolts fixing the front frame rails, the washers & screws underside the bonnett, etc. The factory just went crazy spraying everything.

NOTE: the factory was VERY lazy about priming and sealing bonnet sections - the front was assembled, screwed together, and THEN painted. If you disasemble the bonnet into pieces you will find all the metal-to-metal contact (i.e., between bonnet panels and under screws) to not even have primer - absolutely bare metal. I'm in San Diego (have owned this car since new) so there was only minimal rust, but in more rust-prone areas it would be, in my opinion, very foolish to NOT disassemble the bonnet and correct this. I am NOT suggesting you remove the air tunnels that are glued on, as getting them properly reattached is a nightmare (or so I've heard).

Another note - the sound proofing inside the cockpit (floors, top of tranny tunnel, behind seats) is an even bigger pain. On my car, the crap on the top of the tranny tunnell was baked, dry & brittle - but still very hard to remove.

I used a/c remover on all of this - plus a broad (1" or larger) wood chissel to scrape. After that, more remover and the normal scotchpad or wire brush.

Good luck - such a labor of love you had better REALLY feel the love to get thru this horrible job.

2008-04-21 20:18:02 | pauls writes:

Sorry for the late response, your color was most likely "opalescent" silver gray, take a look at the pictures above. Its a dark silver and many would call it gunmetal on other cars but its not as dark as Jaguar gunmetal.

2008-04-27 11:50:13 | Garry writes:

I have just purchased a 1967 e-type 4.2 fhc in the colour of black.

JDHT told me that this was the original factory colour for this car.

However I need to know the jaguar colour code?

Does anybody know this coding for Jaguar factory black?

In hope and thanks.


2008-05-20 22:38:34 | Rod writes:

Hello, I am restoring a Nov. 1972 2+2, JDHT record the colour as Light Silver. It is recorded as a personal export delivery to South Africa, now in Australia. I have not seen light silver mentioned anywhere and wonder if you can help with any info/ code.

2008-08-05 15:37:13 | Mark writes:

There's been a lot of confusion regarding British Racing Green, but it appears that there are several shades with this nomenclature. For the record, I painted 1E30036 in the BRG used on the 1990 model-year XJ-6 and XJS. The paint number escapes me at this time. To my eyes, it's one of the prettier shades of BRG and it has a bluish tint that becomes apparent under certain light. As a comparison, the BRG used on later MGBs has a lot of yellow in it.

2008-09-13 05:27:47 | Pierre Antoine writes:

My FHC date of manufacture is November 25th, 1963 and the production record trace certificate shows as an exterior paint colour OPALESCENT GOLDEN SAND, The article on XKE COLORS above mention OPALESCENT GOLDEN SAND after 1965 ? Can you tell me more on the real dates ?

2008-09-24 19:48:49 | pauls writes:

The factory would paint the car any color you chose, even from other manufacturers. The dates for the colors are from Jaguar records but as many of us have found their records were not always accurate. Your JDHT is correct and the factory dates are dubious. Golden Sand appears on saloon cars in the early 60s, so Jaguar was using the color. Easy enough to have one painted one Golden Sand. In fact there are several Golden Sand E-types in the data base pre '65. One is 888765 another is 889546.

2008-11-19 19:52:43 | rob writes:

looking to buy a 1965 Golden Sand LHD 4.2 coupe. The interior is red but I can't find out what it is called and if that was a proper color combo with the Golden Sand. Any ideas as to where I can find interior colors?

2008-12-13 14:12:23 | christopher storey writes:

Rob : red certainly was used a lot with Golden Sand . In fact, my recollections are that it was far and away the most popular interior colour for Gold

2009-11-24 07:32:47 | Neil Purves writes:

Just to add a bit of perspective. Today the colour range being offfered by manufacturers varies by market. Some colours are just more popular in certain markets than in others.
Back in the 60's I beleive that the importers (especially in the US) held a lot of sway on this sort of thing so a run of non standard colours is for sure possible without it ever being an "official" colour.

2009-12-14 04:17:39 | John Bisson writes:

I have a 1968 E-Type I purchased as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in 1973 and presently in the process of repainting. I have ordered a Heritage Certificate that indicates the original color is Light Blue. However, researching colors, apparently Cotswold Blue was used from 1961 to 1965 and Light Blue from 1969 to 1972. Then again Warrick Grey was used from 1965 to 1972. Having a 68 model series 1 1/2, this Jag has a mixture of before and after year features. Does anyone know if Warrick Grey was used as a substitute to the above colors and how close it is? Looking at the cars on this site, Warrick Grey is closer to the resemblance of my E-Type?

2009-12-20 07:46:13 | Bob Fulton writes:

My 1966 2+2 was originally Opalescent Golden Sand as per the Heritage Certificate (See car # 1E50182)

Opalescent Golden Sand is not shown above?

2010-04-02 12:09:13 | pauls writes:

Its listed as "Golden Sand". Though the color was "Opalescent Golden Sand" for some reason Jaguar frequently dropped some of the descriptive names from the build records which now appear on JDHT certificates. Opalescent is frequently missing as is "Pale" in Pale Primrose. Fortunately Golden Sand is not questioned as there is no similar color. Opalescent Dark Green is a problem because its listed many times as simply Dark Green and very close to BRG, debates rage.

2010-04-23 21:05:24 | John Weber writes:

Does anyone know where to get paint matching '63 Opalescent Silver Blue in the States? Color formula for it? Doing a ground op of an OTS.

2010-04-24 13:37:46 | Faye writes:

What colour should the exhaust manifold on a 1969, 4.2, 6 cyl., 2+2 be?

2010-06-26 17:41:13 | gary writes:

this mite help ive been experimenting with colors and at sw automotive store they can mix a color u like that mite have too much metal flake in it or to big i order up a3 oz sample with the smaller fleck and it seems to work then i tell them to 1/2 batch the amount of flake and it can pas for 60s and 70s paint colors with a cross over to to days 2 stage some 3 stage system can give u the deeper tones in the pearl areas also a little pearl in the clear coats can really set a finish off systems

2011-06-11 11:56:41 | gary writes:

i can't find the data page to list my '63 series 1 fhc. #885890
can you direct me to the page, please?

2011-09-13 04:46:33 | Kevin K writes:

Couple of points. I note a lot of factory catalogue photos of S2's in Cotswald blue, although that is not listed as a factory color.( S2 roadster in End of an Era for example) It's whiter than light blue which has a creamy tinge to it. Re, BRG, I personally know of an original S2 in BRG and the shade is much darker than the shades used on S3's and Series 1 XJ6 and XJ12. I'm not sure I agree with your correspondent who says the wheel arches were undersealed, I think they were just painted like the rest of the bonnet.

2011-09-30 08:58:16 | henry writes:

did the rear badge jaguar,e type ;v12 ever come in a brass gold look and have made in Birmingham England on the in side thanks i am going to collect it if genuine thing

2011-10-04 00:37:39 | Bill Brady writes:

What colour were a, the bonnet hinges & b, the headlamp buckets. It is a 61 OTS.

2011-11-10 17:12:32 | Anonymous writes:


2011-11-16 17:31:23 | Anonymous writes:

xk-e's with badges on bonnet sides year ?

2011-11-16 17:34:04 | joe writes:

1961 west coast show car. what was it 006? badges on bonnet sides what years?

2011-11-17 13:23:09 | jack writes:

RE: bonnet badges no one gives a clear answer .

2011-11-17 19:50:00 | jeff writes:

Bonnet badges on the side of the bonnet (actually on the wings) were only on Series II XK E types that were 1971 model year. They may have also been on 1971 Series III cars. I have been told this detail was added to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the E type...and was not present on any other E types before or since.

2011-11-18 10:28:28 | Bill writes:

Confirming what Jeff mentioned previously, the leaping jaguar badges appeared only on the late Series II (1971) cars with numbers beginning in "2R". I do not believe they were on any of the Series III cars. These badges are hard plastic and feature a silver leaper on a black background. They were placed on both sides of the bonnet, approximately in the same location as the outside bonnet latches in the very early 1961 cars. There are many photos of Series "2R" cars in the database here that show these badges. Some owners have added these badges to their cars which did not originally have them and some "2R" car owners have removed them. They are fastened through two small holes drilled through the bonnet. I do not know why Jaguar decided to place these badges only on the 1971 "2R" cars, but the 10 year E-Type anniversary is a likely reason.



2011-11-18 13:55:52 | JOE writes:


2011-11-18 14:18:00 | Anonymous writes:


2011-11-21 17:22:27 | Anonymous writes:

he croaked from eating to much SPAM!(LUCAS)

2011-11-30 17:46:28 | joe writes:

where can i get the "OFFICIAL JAGUAR E-TYPE 50th CELEBRATION BOOK"/ says they have them in the nov-dec 2011 "kittyletter" but i cannot find it. can you help?

2011-12-01 15:58:17 | Anonymous writes:

875006.............. what is it.

2011-12-07 05:43:19 | xke7 writes:

Hi joe,
The official book was availabe at
Both editions are sold out.


2011-12-07 13:57:12 | joe writes:

xke7 thanks. i found about 10 e-type 50th books. i ordered one and after i get it i'll tell you where. someguy bought up a bunch of them for sale. totally weird how i stumbled upon them.

2011-12-07 16:24:08 | joe writes:

re: e-type 50th book. SNGBARRATT says they are getting them...

2011-12-07 16:53:25 | joe writes:

never ridden in an e-type. can someone hook me up?

2011-12-14 18:11:00 | joe writes:

i got one. the e-type 50th anniv. book is totally awesome, i know how to get them.

2011-12-23 15:50:47 | Anonymous writes:

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL YOU SCROOGES WHO NEVER USE THIS SITE1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

2011-12-29 13:30:50 | Anonymous writes:

my jaguar color istirkcc,,[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[

2012-01-07 16:20:58 | harrison writes:

no one uses this site.

2012-01-18 12:36:27 | Pekka T. writes:

Ha! I'm not the only one who comes here almost every day. Besides regarding the colours this is the best place. Cheers!

2012-01-18 17:19:32 | Anonymous writes:

well pekka t. someone else is out there. i thought this site was dead!!!!!! so what,s newand why are you here?

2012-01-23 12:30:39 | hasbinder writes:

talk to us PEKKA T. what color is YOUR jag?

2012-01-24 05:26:12 | Pekka T. writes:

Hi, yes 1E76372BW is Opalescent Dark Green as it was when it left the factory. My JDHT certificate says "Dark green" as every certificate I have seen so far. There was no confusion in 1966- mid 1968 as at the time BRG was not available as standard, only special order. It was not in the 1966 and 1967 factory colour charts at all, the only dark green was Opalescent Dark Green. I have also seen the word "Opalescent" or "Opal." in a certificate but for earlier cars for "Gunmetal" and "Maroon". Sand is very tricky as Golden Sand was Opalesent (metallic) but there was a rare non-metallic colour called "Sand" as well. Cheers!

2012-01-25 15:41:32 | Anonymous writes:

pekka t . in other words G_R_E_E_N! saw a 50th anniv xke BROCHURE on e-bay. i have 50th BOOK, it is awesome. where is BROCHURE available other than the rip off guy on e-bay?

2012-02-01 12:08:26 | jasbinder writes:

wild colors on LEXUS LFA site

2012-02-25 12:26:54 | jasbinder writes:

use this site or lose it.

2012-03-03 14:57:17 | MichaelZ writes:

I found this today. It is a Jaguar E-type in LAVENDER BLUE.

2012-03-06 14:01:21 | Anonymous writes:

i'll be dipped in gear oil . someone actually uses this site besides me and pekka t. nice color.

2012-03-07 18:34:03 | Anonymous writes:

thanks for the link MZ

2012-03-18 18:13:13 | Doc writes:

I prefer carmen red colour. It's so classy. Anyway I just found some useful info about car paint and thought to share it.

2012-03-23 10:56:54 | Anonymous writes:

DOC, thanks for the link.

2012-04-07 12:26:09 | jasbinder writes:

happy easter.

2012-04-18 12:10:31 | jasbinder writes:

happy patriots day.

2012-04-23 11:20:21 | Anonymous writes:

painted my jag witrattle cans outside and then it rained.

2012-05-12 11:45:28 | HARRISSON writes:


2012-05-25 12:33:21 | jasmine writes:

happy memorial day

2012-05-30 16:38:02 | Anonymous writes:

BRITFEST june 15-17 lenox mass.

2012-06-19 11:32:08 | aloisius writes:

sad to say the e- type is really showing it's age.

2012-07-03 17:24:25 | harriassson writes:


2012-08-17 14:32:46 | mossbauer writes:

lime rock park vintage weekend.. sir stirling moss. guest.

2012-11-15 18:33:56 | bissope writes:

new F- type.

2012-12-21 12:34:16 | jiacomo writes:

welded or regular xke louvres which is better?

2013-03-09 23:30:40 | pauls writes:

One is not better than the other, its mostly important to have the style that came originally on the car. Only the early cars had them.

2013-05-08 13:24:36 | giacocmo writes:

thanks pauls, why did they drop welds, $$$$ factor?

2013-05-09 15:58:52 | harold writes:

lucas succumbed to a head injury when ha ran into something in the DARK. and the "CLAPP"

2013-05-15 17:17:49 | pauls writes:

I believe it was the $$$$ factor. Considerably more expensive to have the louvers made as a separate part then weld to the bonnet.

2013-07-05 13:54:13 | jakkie writes:

the guy that put body side moldings on should be thrown out of jag club, it looks hideous....

2013-07-17 16:24:51 | ian writes:

what do you think of moldingds??

2013-07-24 12:16:56 | jackky writes:

which is uglier. panamera or FERRARI FF?

2013-11-05 18:14:18 | Paul B writes:

I have a 1962 E FHC painted Carmen Red. I have been unable to buy aerosol paint cans in this colour in Australia. Hoping someone might know where I can source these internationally for sea freight home? The old girl needs some touching up. Thanks

2014-02-22 17:24:18 | tony pohl writes:

I have a Series 2 OTS. Its undergoing a full restoration. I'm thinking of a bright green (non standard color for that time). I'd appreciate any thoughts/comments

2014-02-23 12:32:39 | DOC writes:

Don't do it will regret it later..otiginla always best.

2014-02-25 17:49:38 | harry writes:

do you like F-TYPE COUPE>??

2014-02-25 17:50:44 | harryjoe writes:

TONY, always go with stock color!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2014-03-15 11:34:24 | hairy joe writes:

saw f-type coupe. it is gorgeous....

2014-06-03 17:30:03 | Hans writes:

Need colour formula for opalescent dark green ppg make it only in waterbase and they do not know (or willing to try) to get it in the old school
basecoat clearcoat. Same goes for Glasurit( JAG7416A) cannot get it anymore--is that right is it only available in waterbase. thanks

2014-11-07 12:45:23 | jasbinnder writes:

use this site more....

2015-01-06 14:17:13 | Anonymous writes:

what year did XKE offer bolt on wheels.

2015-01-21 16:35:12 | Martin Scherz writes:

I have a late S2 OTS with the side leaper badges. I've had the car for three years, thinking the silver grey outside was original. After cleaning off lots of goo and neglect (I'm still not finished) out of the engine bay I think the original color was a very light metallic green - the outside is silver respray. I thought the frames and such were just sort of burnt-in-oily-goo-silver, but since today I'm pretty sure its metallic light light green. I'll try to obtain a Heritage certificat. Other than that, any comments or hints towards other cars in a very light metallic green?

2015-03-04 13:26:40 | Stephen writes:

I own a white 1970 FHC, RHD, P1R20945 (recorded on this site) with a (JDHT) build date of June 3 1970. So from above should be Old English White. However, both the Heritage certificate and the original Bill of Sale from Henlys, London identify the colour as cream (which from above ended in 1969). I think the dealers and various Jaguar departments were not communicating well ...... even then. For touch ups I have had colour analysed and locally mixed to match the car.

2015-08-28 18:17:12 | Marc Meyer writes:

I own a 1963 coupé which is opalescent silver blue now. (I bought it in this colour 30 years back from the UK, whre it had been a JDC Concours winner in 1983). However the first papers show, that it was grey. And also under the seat I can find a little bit of grey colour. So I am quite sure that grey was a colour applied in 1963. But it is not on your list.
Kind regards
Marc Meyer, Switzerland

2015-09-30 01:15:33 | Golden Sand/Silver Sand writes:

The Jaguar Golden Sand given on my Heritage 1965 Coupe is actually Jaguar Silver Sand. It is a must to verify this by checking an original un-repainted part of your car, say the picture frame. I have found only one Etype in the Data Base set of photos that has been done in Golden Sand, the rest are Silver Sand.

2015-10-28 19:27:00 | Graham L Davis writes:

Re: stripping undercoating. The least labor intensive method I'm aware of is Dry Ice Blasting. It makes the coating so brittle that it literally falls off and the only mess is to sweep the floor! NFI, BTW. FWIW, I still have my original owner '67.

2015-11-07 10:06:36 | Steve writes:

Hi Guys! Does anyone know the paint code for the pumpkin orange head colour of the first series 1 e-types?

2015-11-27 13:38:51 | Mike W writes:

I have just purchased a 1964 3.8 Series 1 FHC in what I believe is a unique colour from the factory.
On the Heritage Certificate it is called 'Special Blue' and I really like it!!
Not sure if I can post a picture of it on here??
Mike Wilds

2016-01-13 00:59:17 | Dick writes:

After all these years has anyone on the Forum identified a good paint code for Series 3 Silver paint? JDHT certificate verified color as Silverfor 74 OTS and seems it was a - Dealer Special Order - color. You would think JDHT would have a color code on record but that's not the case. Any S3 owners that have had their car repainted OEM silver care to share color paint code and mfg'r?

2016-02-09 10:03:11 | rocard writes:

I research the composition of the painting "sand" from 1968 to repaint my e -type series 1.5 .
Thank you

2016-05-09 03:24:39 | Jeff writes:

Thirty years ago when I graduated from college, I was fantasizing about spending all the money I was going to make at my new corporate job and visited a collector car showroom in Ohio. They had two E-type roadsters on display. One was an early model in Primrose, and the other one was a '68 in a blue-gray pastel color that the dealer referred to as Seafoam Green. I remember it like it was yesterday. They were asking $12,000 (this was 1986), and it had black interior and a ceramic coated exhaust manifold. I have never seen another one in this color, and it was definitely not Willow Green, although that is the right direction. Mix the Willow Green with some light blue and that would be it. Was this a special order color?

2016-05-29 08:23:56 | Geoff Yeoman writes:

I have a US spec 1968 series 1.5 2+2 VIN 1E78268BW.
It has been re-painted at some time but he colour is very close to the original which is maroon.
The code stamped on the body behind the rear number plate is 4E 54478
Does this mean anything to you?


2016-11-28 01:06:11 | josie writes:

LUCAS did not croak from thphoid... he had VD.

2017-05-19 03:52:18 | Chas writes:

Someone asked about badges on the side of 006 Bonnet. Could they be confusing the external bonnet latches on the bonnet wings for badges? If it was an OTS, the car would have been 875006.

2017-10-29 14:06:32 | Jere Brewer writes:

Just a quick question, was the color Heather truly an official e-type or even xj color? I have every catalog brochure from the time period and none list Heather as a color.

2017-11-12 21:08:38 | Lukio writes:

In the "Jaguar Heritage Trust" of my "E-Type Series 1 -3.8" the exterior paint colour is "grey pearl". I can not find any reference to this color. Can anyone help me?
Thank you so much.

2017-11-19 09:40:08 | Anonymous writes:

I have the same issue as Dick. I own a Silver 1973 XKE.
Has anyone looked at the silver grey color referenced by paintscratch ?


2017-12-30 12:35:03 | eriks writes:

Which is the correct color of the rear axle diff from an '61 E-type (outside bonnet locking) ?

2018-01-17 12:12:14 | sergio writes:

Hi There

I am restoring a Jaguar E Type Series 1 4.2 ,and i need some help
Does anyone knows, or have a reference of the colour paint for the soft top frame? I know is grey but do you any information?
ABout the air filter case? any information about the colour reference also?



2018-02-19 18:21:07 | Lew writes:

I have a 1966 open 2 seater in Opalescent Maroon. I don't see that color listed. Would you like a photo for this page?

2018-03-05 18:36:01 | steven Phelps writes:

the site says Carmen red is GLASURIT # JAG 303 i'd like to have DuPont Imuran enamel. Can a Dupont dealer produce the paint with that information? What is GLASURIT?

2018-05-02 00:45:20 | mike writes:

1969 jag e-type was the inside of rear wheels undercoated?? I have seen stone guard in machine gray but nothing saying if undercoat is correct for show cars.

2018-05-11 21:20:34 | Michael writes:

Does anyone know what years the light green 'sea-foam mist' was available on the E-Type? I saw one at a car show about 10 yrs ago and I believe it was an early Series 2 (67 - 68 ) Thanks, Michael

2018-05-11 21:42:30 | Michael writes:

I noticed tat the top of this article that the author thought that the Signal red may not have been available in 1970. I can't speak for US XKE's but in Canada I bought a 1970 convertible with signal red and a black interior.

2019-02-09 07:38:51 | barrie mitchell writes:

I bought my E" in 1976 , the original colour from Jaguar is Tobacco Leaf, originally a Rover 2000 colour, have just had a back to metal respray- looks superb. I have never seen this on another E" the closest ls sable, but this was, I think the states. Has anyone seen another ?

2019-03-21 10:36:00 | Jeff writes:

My father is restoring a 64' roadster. According to the heritage certificate, the original paint was "mushroom".  Anyone ever hear of this color before? Anyone have any pictures of a mushroom paint job? At some point, the car had a black re-spray, however, there is some original paint in the boot. Just wondering if anyone has any insight. Thanks in advance.   

2019-08-18 14:46:00 | Ted Warren writes:

My car 1E10701 is Opalesent Maroon if you need a picture for this color page.



2019-11-18 00:29:03 | MoeD writes:

Ascot Fawn on a '73 - So it was available beyond '72

Also- The Azure Blue shown above is incorrect. Shown in the pic is Squadron Blue which was not yet available until after E types ceased production... Although I'd buy that color in an E type if I saw it ;)

2021-06-02 03:41:51 | Tony Brown writes:

My engine was restored a couple of years ago and it annoys me that the cylinder head is gold and not, as inherited from the XK150 3.8S, pumpkin. So I contacted a few well-known specialist Jaguar shops and not one can tell me the paint code. someone must have it somewhere. Can anyone help please?

2021-12-30 13:13:27 | pauls writes:

Try they used to have the paint.

2022-03-13 08:10:47 | Anonymous writes:


Please, could you tell me what is the Glasurit reference of the tint "beige" ?

I cannot see it under the car picture, there is a message on a red fascetta, and I cannot remove it !

Thanks !


2022-04-09 11:25:58 | Thierry Pubert writes:


Is there anyone who can tell me the Glasurit code of the beige color of the E type Jaguar ?

Thanks a lot !


2023-03-21 01:48:08 | Reece Clarke writes:

Good day, I have an E-Type I am looking for all the information on it, Specifically the e=factory interior and exterior colors.

Chassis # 850511

Engine # R4277-9

Body # R3755

2024-06-16 20:56:20 | NB writes:

I have a 1970 Jaguar XKE , OTS. It is all original, Regency Red and a Bisquit tan interior. How can I find out how many Jaguar XKEs matching my car were made in just 1970 ?

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