Question 01: How many different shades of British Racing Green are there?

Tom's Answer: The color known as "British Racing Green" has changed on at least two occasions. The "original" British Racing Green - as used at Jaguar (on a C-type for example) was very dark, much like the old Bentley shade of green. It was used until the mid-70’s, when Jaguar dropped BRG all together and switched to Jaguar "Racing Green" - which is lighter. Other British cars also have a BRG but one is a blue green, and the other is a dark green. They are all correct, and really just a matter of preference. To identify, open the driver's door and look at the forward jamb; there's an I.D. label there with paint and trim codes.

Question 02: What types of fluids does Classic Showcase use on their classic E-Types, and what could you recommend for mine? 

Tom's Answer: We typically use Castrol 20-50 Antifreeze- 50/50 green anti-freeze, and DOT 3 brake fluid in our XKEs.

Question 03:
What paint do you use on your heater box?

Tom's Answer: A good quality black gloss for the heater box. There should be no dents or rust, and make sure it is straight prior to prepping for paint. Also make sure to sand and primer it prior to painting it gloss black.

Question 04: Do I need tubes for my E-Type's new wire wheels?

Tom's Answer: If your car had tubes before, you will need to install tubes again - unless you have a tubeless wheel that does not require this...However, sometimes those can leak, so we recommend installing new tubes in all wire wheels.

Question 05: What kind of finishes can I put on my E-type exhaust manifolds?

Tom's Answer: They can be restored in their original porcelain, with a special treatment to reduce the heat, which should stop the cracking. You can jet coat them, it is not concours correct, but it will look good and it will not flake or break, and will stay nice. Most of the problems with modern porcelain stem from the fact that the finish is not applied properly, this is in large part due to restrictions placed by the EPA. Even good porcelain, and any other finish, will react if exhaust temperatures get too high through a miss, running lean or retarded timing. If the engine and the cooling system is not set up properly the car can overheat and cause the manifolds to crack.

Question 06: I was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car when you are trying to buy or sell...

Tom's Answer:
We use "CPI" which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible, informative price guide and reference, and we highly recommend it!

Fact 01: The company is headquartered in Whitley, Coventry in England and is today owned by Tata Motors’ subordinate division of Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC.

Fact 02: The cars of this make go into the designing process at its Whitley plant and also the relevant Gaydon site; the manufacturing process on the other hand, takes place in the Birmingham assembly plant.

Fact 03: Originating as the "Swallow Sidecar Company" in the year 1922, the company used to make sidecars for motorbikes before they forayed into the production of automobiles.

Fact 04
: There was a name change of the company after the completion of the Second World War, and the company subsequently came to be known as "Jaguar".

Fact 05: The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange in the year 1984.

Fact 06: Ford acquired Jaguar in the year 1990, before the ownership shifted again in 2008 to the Indian brand known as Tata Motors.

Fact 07: There are unconfirmed accounts and reports from 2012 that point to the fact that there would probably be a Jaguar SUV made in the future....

Fact 08: Jaguar’s iconic chrome plated mascot is known as ‘The Leaper’ and it has often been a cause for debate as it’s known to be a threat to safety issues (at least according to European standards...)

Fact 09: Though Jaguar does not have a large presence per se in the current racing motorsport scene, it has had big success earlier - especially in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Fact 10: The XJR-15 and XJ220 are two of the most notable names in the Jaguar sports car range.

Upcoming Events

June 21, 2015

Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance, Beverly Hills, CA

The Rodeo Drive Committee, in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, presents the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance every year on Father’s Day. Each year a theme is selected to feature the superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment. The Concours d’Elegance is the largest public event held annually in Beverly Hills with a unique mix of guests, including car collectors, families and international visitors and residents from Beverly Hills and the Westside. Named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance continues to be one of Southern California’s top destinations each and every Father’s Day.

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June 28, 2015

The Art of the Car Concours Kansas City, MO

The Art of the Car Concours, a benefit for the Kansas City Art Institute scholarship fund, features more than 200 vintage, classic and special interest vehicles, which includes cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles. Growing in popularity and stature among vintage and classic collectors, the Concours is unique for its size and scale in having no formal judging and no classes of vehicles. The intention is to provide a wide range of very high-quality, original, vintage vehicles in an eclectic, informal setting, without the pressure of traditional Concours events. For the first time, the event will display a select group of historic hot rods.

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July 17-18, 2015

Auctions America - Santa Monica, CA Sale

Auctions America returns to California, July 17 – 18. Moving to an exciting new venue in 2015 – Santa Monica’s historic Barker Hangar – the multi-day auction is set to build on the company’s strong sales run in Southern California. The event will also move to new dates in 2015 (mid-July), spacing out the busy summer collector car calendar.

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July 19, 2015

San Diego Jaguar Club's 49th Annual Concours D’Elegance at Spanish Landing Park

The San Diego Jaguar Club will celebrate Jaguar Automobiles old and new at its annual Concours d’Elegance car show Sunday, July 19th. The event will be held harbor-side at beautiful Spanish Landing Park, San Diego (across from Lindbergh Field) from 10 AM until 3 PM. Over sixty Jaguars will be on display from all around the United States.

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August 7-8, 2015

Lake Tahoe Concours D’ Elegance at the Tahoe Yacht Club

This summer's Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance will be off to a roaring start with vintage V-12 engine-powered watercraft the featured class for the 43rd annual wooden boat show. Presented by Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the nationally-acclaimed show will be open to the public for viewing on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, at the historic Obexer's Boat Company in Homewood, Calif., on Lake Tahoe's scenic West Shore.

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August 11, 2015

Carmel-By-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue


Carmel-by-the-Sea's whimsical architecture, inspired by Arthur Rackham's illustrations for children's fairy tales, provides a unique setting for the CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA CONCOURS ON THE AVENUE. This is the latest addition to the prestigious group of events that make up the area's internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering.

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August 11, 2015

Carmel Mission Classic

A ONE OF A KIND EVENT combining the passion for fine automobiles with the Faith and the Palate. Enjoy wine tasting by some of the Monterey County's finest vineyards, self-guided tour and beautiful live harp music in the background as you stroll the grounds of the crown jewel of the Monterey Peninsula, the Historic Carmel Mission. A no host gourmet food bar will also be available by a local chef.

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August 12, 2015

Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival Event

For more than a decade Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival has been a major sponsor and supporter of the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation.

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August 12-15, 2015

JR Auctions - Monterey, CA

A tradition going back over half a century, the Monterey Peninsula is where the world's most sought after collector cars meet, are exhibited to the public, race at the famed Laguna-Seca raceway, are auctioned to the highest bidder and a limited few compete during Monterey Car Week. Running from August 10 and culminating on August 16 Monterey Car Week is a “must see” for every lover of the automobile. The Monterey Bay peninsula offers the perfect back drop for this fantastic motoring event. Cars will be driven through the streets of Monterey and neighboring communities, displayed at various venues, and across the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

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August 13-15, 2015

Mecum Muscle Cars and More - Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency Monterey hosts muscle cars, motorcycles and more during the Mecum Auction.
The general public is invited to view items up for sale August 13-15.

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August 13-16, 2015

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, and is the only event where cars are doing what they were originally intended to do…race. Approximately 550 race cars are invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. In addition to the entertaining on-track action, there are always engaging autograph opportunities with legendary drivers, Q&A sessions, and fine wine and cheese tastings among the myriad of activities.

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August 14, 2015

The Quail Concours - Monterey, CA

For ten days each August, connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and camaraderie among fellow aficionados.

The crown jewel in a whirlwind of events is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Since its inception, it has combined a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles seen during the week. Sponsors provide today's cream-of-the-crop luxury cars to be sampled by guests on local roads, and those who wish can also test their mettle on the Land Rover Experience Driving School off-road course.

The event’s worldwide reputation is confirmed by its inclusion as a finalist in the Motoring Event of the Year category for the 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards.

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August 14-15, 2015

Bonham’s Auction - The Quail Lodge in Carmel

Bonham’s returns to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula for its 18th annual Quail Lodge Auction, featuring the world's finest and most exclusive collectors' motorcars displayed in a stunning setting on the grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. One of the landmark events taking place during the must-attend "Monterey Collector Car Week", the Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction is the longest-running auction on the Monterey Peninsula, and is therefore one of the true highlights during a week of activities that serves as the focal point for the California summer motoring season.

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August 14-16, 2015

RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction - The Portola Hotel, Monterey, CA

An institution for more than 25 years, RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale, held during the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week, continues to raise the bar for collector car auctions year after year, commanding the attention of the world’s most discerning collectors. Held at the beautiful Portola Hotel & Spa, just steps away from downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf, the event has been witness to the sale of some of the most important motor cars to ever come to auction.

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August 15, 2015

Concorso Italiano, Monterey, CA


Concorso Italiano, featuring over 1,000 exotic vehicles, is a can’t miss part of the traditional Monterey Bay Automobile Week.

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August 15, 2015

The Werks Reunion Porsche - Monterey, CA

The Porsche Club of America will hold its second annual Werks Reunion Friday, August 14, 2015. It is the premier Porsche event and will take place during the world-famous "Monterey Car Week" on California's Monterey Peninsula. In years past, PCA co-hosted Legends of the Autobahn at the Rancho Canada Golf Club. Attendees will be treated to a stunning display of more than 500 Porsches and vendor booths, and the camaraderie of fellow car enthusiasts. The 2015 show will feature the latest Porsches, special vehicle presentations, celebrity guests, and a surprise or two.

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August 15-16, 2015

Gooding at Pebble Beach


Since the 1950s, Pebble Beach has represented the ultimate collector car lover’s destination. Today, enthusiasts from around the world enjoy the complete experience of the spectacular California coast scenery, exclusive concours, and the finest classic cars available anywhere. As the official auction house
of the famed and prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Gooding & Company is where leading international collectors seek new additions to their stables.

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August 16, 2015

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Once each year in August about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto the fairway of what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed eighteenth at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world. The occasion is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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August 22, 2015

Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance - Englewood, CO

The Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance is an exclusive, exhilarating aircraft, automobile and motorcycle preview with silent and live travel-related auction components. The event brings together a collection that spans all collectible eras, representing an incredible array from the earliest significant air/auto/moto to breathtaking modern jets and super cars. The list of attractions at this event boasts one-of-a kind vintage vehicles, one-off-assembly automobiles as well as custom private jets and extraordinary vintage aircraft.

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Sept 2-6, 2015

Auctions America - Auburn Fall Sale

The focus of the collector car world returns to the historic Auburn Auction Park, September 2 – 6, for Auctions America annual Auburn Fall event. Held during the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival and spanning more than four decades, the Labor Day Weekend tradition is one of the country’s premier celebrations of the collector car hobby. The five-day event offers something for everyone, led by a roster of approximately 800 classics, muscle cars, hot rods, exotics and more. In addition to four days of fast-paced auction excitement, the event provides fun for the whole family, including a car corral, swap meet, unique vendors, celebrity appearances and thrill-seeking automotive-themed activities.

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Sept 8-15, 2015

The Sun Rally in Montana • Bozeman, Montana

Going To The Sun Rally is an exceptional rally. It has won the hearts of members who return year after year, because we travel through some of the most spectacular countryside in the world, and even more so because over the years we have become a family of friends. We are small and friendly, and our shared love for cars and wide open spaces, combined with our commitment to giving back to the communities we travel, is what makes this rally distinctive. Whether this will be your first trip with us, or your ninth, you’ll be a welcome contributor to an unforgettable event. What Going To The Sun Rally gives back in charitable donations is our way of helping and hoping that Montana will remain The Last Best Place.

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Sept 13, 2015

Palos Verdes Concours @ The Los Verdes Golf Club

Just once a year the cream of historical automotive beauty, innovation and engineering are curated into multiple classes and placed on display at a stunning outdoor venue. Sunday morning, September 20, 2015, 200+ amazing classic automobiles will be inspected and judged by a team of experts for adherence to original specifications, attention to detail, and loving care of their restoration.

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Sept 14-19, 2015

The Colorado Grand 1000 Tour through the Rockies • Colorado, USA

The Colorado Grand is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

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Sept 16-20, 2015

2015 JCNA Challenge Championship / Concours / Rally / Slalom Elkhart Lake, WI

Biennial Jaguar National Championship (This event is organized by WJL) Held in Elkhart Lake, WI and at the nearby Road America race track.  This event draws participants and spectators from Jaguar clubs through-out the U.S. and Canada.  Close to 200 Jaguar fans are expected.  Famed race car driver and Group 44 team owner Bob Tullius will be an honored guest of the event.

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Sept 16-20, 2015

The Coronado Speed Festival 2015

For the final event of the expanded West Coast schedule, SVRA has partnered with the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation for the 18th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival. The weekend features three days of vintage racing, car shows, a pit crew challenge and military displays staged on the runways of the Coronado North Island Naval Air Station. The festival is the premier event of the Fleet Week activities, and serves both as an open house for the base and as tribute to the branches of the military with operations in San Diego.

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September 20, 2015

Danville d’Elegance - Danville, CA

As the East Bay's premier Concours weekend of fundraising events, and the 2015 "Danville Charitable Organization of the Year," the Danville d'Elegance Foundation enters its 11th year, looking to surpass the $2 million already raised to benefit Parkinson's research and patient care.

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September 26th, 2015

Meals on Wheels 6th Annual English Motors at Fairbrooks, Fallbrook

We look forward to seeing you at the seventh annual event on September 26, 2015 for the tour and September 27, 2015 for the judged show.

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September 27, 2015

Santa Fe Concorso - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Celebrated Themes:

Ferrari in America | Harley Earl vs. Bill Mitchell | Boyd Coddington Hot Rods

Traditional Vehicle Classes:

Pre-War American & European | Race Cars | Post War American & European | Sports & GT | American Iron | Motorcycles | Special Inteterest | Luxury & Exotics | Bicycles

Santa Fe Concorso is pleased to announce that Luigi (Coco) Chinetti, Jr. will be participating in our 2015 Concorso as a judge and speaker at the Friday afternoon Legends event.

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October 11, 2015

British Car Day at the Embarcadero - San Diego

This is primarily a driving event. Depart at 10:00 and enjoy a roughly 1.5 hour drive through the back country of east San Diego County. After leaving the I-15 area there are almost no traffic signals. There are significant hills to climb so older car might want to bring spare coolant.

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October 23- November 1, 2015

Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours

Known best for its white sandy beaches and, what seems like, its infinite number of golf courses, it’s something else that takes center stage on the tranquil barrier island Halloween weekend - world class automobiles. Playing host to some of the country's finest collector automobiles, Hilton Head Island sets a beautiful backdrop with its majestic live oaks and draping Spanish moss.

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October 25-30, 2015

Mountain Mille at the Greenbrier, Great Smokies

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November 11-14, 2015

Mecum @ Anaheim Convention Center

The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis.

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November 18, 2015

RM Sotheby's Art of the Automobile Auction - New York City

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November 20-22, 2015

McCormick’s Auction-The Spa Resort Casino, downtown Palm Springs, CA

Keith McCormick's relentless dedication to excellence and integrity has produced one of the most prestigious, respected, and successful car auctions in America. The Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions
are held in November and February each year on the grounds of the Spa Resort Casino in beautiful downtown Palm Springs.

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January 7, 2016

Bonham’s Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

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January 20-24, 2016

Cavallino Classic Invitational

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