The green on Harry Metcalfe’s Jaguar XJC V12 is gorgeous

I’m now a Jag Man. This means I follow all things Jag-related quite closely. Like the current project car that Harry Metcalfe is having restored over on his Harry’s Garage YouTube channel. It’s a stunning XJ Coupe that’s just come out of the paint booth. And Harry picked one hell of a shade of green for it to wear.

This is a V12 XJC. In the beginning portion of the video, you can see that the engine has been completely cleaned up and rebuilt. It’s both a terrifying and glorious piece of machinery sitting there sedately on a palette. When I was shopping for my own old Jaguar, I considered a few V12 options. The idea was exciting and awful, and I’m happy I’ve wound up with what I’ve got. Still, something about the words “Jaguar” and “V12” just makes the heart sing. Yes, while making the wallet weep. Forget that part for a moment though because take in that paintwork!

This is a proper green on a proper car. Once it’s all buttoned up Harry’s Jag is going to be an amazing head-turner.

7 Comments

  1. I’m a big fan of all cars green, and was looking for an Emerald Green Century, too, when covid made my Toyota V12 dream land face first. That said, this absolutely gorgeous, fantastic, deep and traditional shade has its downsides. I drive a lot in areas where a colour like this makes your car one with the backdrop. Paint can be a safety feature, or detriment to it.

    1. Like gray cars that blend in with bitumen…

      I think the colour seems ok, I liked the blue that it was, or I’d be tempted to try Ecurie Ecosse blue from the 50s racing Jags

  2. The Lamborghini Miura Zn75 was painted this color when I worked at the Larz Anderson Museum* back in the ’80s. It was an odd color choice for a Miura, but that was a weird car all around. When I was there we kept it on display in the basement, under some okay but not great lighting; I never got to see it in the sun, not even on Italian Car Day.

    Legend had it that the original light blue paint of the Zn75 was ruined by the posterior parts of Miss Canada. I think it’s back to some shade of blue now.

    *Then called the Museum of Transportation

  3. Dark green– be it metallic with a silver or gold flake, non-metallic, saturated or nearly grey/black– is always my first choice in car colors. Some colors look good on only certain types of cars, but I’ve never seen a vehicle that didn’t look good in dark green.

    My first two cars were dark metallic green, so I’m sure that’s the source of my bias. My second favorite would be copper/caramel/bittersweet-orange metallics.

  4. Those Series II coupes look so much better without the vinyl roof BL slapped on to avoid leading the body seams. They are also prettier than the XJS so I wonder what a Series III XJC would look like with a matching “Hofmeister Kink” in the rear side windows. This is a great shade of green like a metallic version of Land Rover Bronze Green.

  5. Shameful confession time – the XJC has never quite done it for me. Given the choice, I’d just as well take the sedan or an XJS. That said, Mr. Metcalfe’s was lovely even prior to restoration (and got a bit of proper use), so looking forward to see how this ends up (although the £20k engine rebuild is making me question if I’m cut out for a V12 Jag).

  6. When purchasing used car, whether that’s through a dealer or from a private owner on a website such as Craigslist, you’ll have to figure out how you’re going to pay for it. Not everyone is able to lay down the cash for a car in full even for a used one.

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