|My gorgeous looking but disappointing to drive Healey 3000|
|The ultimate classic touring car. In BRG or DMO. I doesn't |
really matter. If you want to get places quickly, in relative
comfort and subtle style , this is THE car to do it in.
It took a while to convince Alex, from Auto-Bodycraft that metallic paint even existed in 1949. Obscure plus point but curiously satisfying. It was a factory option standard colour from the launch of the 120 but was discontinued in November 1952. I wonder why - lack of orders, difficult to get right perhaps?
|Silver 120 takes on a strange hue under the lights of the NEC|
Body may actually be sterling silver at this price!
White / Old English White / Cream
The Heritage certificate lists my car as cream, but the old brown log book says white. The first owner, Vernon Maitland (See Post 12) in an email to me says the Heritage certificate is incorrect, and states very positively "My car was not cream, it was white"
According to some knowledgeable sources these are simply name variations for one and the same colour but they do look different to me from period pictures. This could of course be down to photographic processing or fading of white / cream to another shade or even variations in factory paint. I guess after 60 plus years its difficult to be sure. What is certain is that it would be good to retain the original colour. This is further enforced when respected XK expert Ian Mills of Twyford Moors tells me that White (Cream) with red upholstery is the the top spec when it comes to selling 120 OTS's. - Executor take note!
Then I come across this picture. Decision made.
|I don't know why this is so intrinsically right, but it absolutely is!|
And this is exactly what I hope to achieve.
Image from XK Data