Original Colors of the Jaguar E-Type (XKE), 1961-1974

Updated on January 17, 2019
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Nelson has lived in Canada and Portugal and fell in love with the Jaguar XKE. He ran several websites with facts about that car.

Jaguar E-Type (Jaguar XKE)

This car was known as the Jaguar E Type in Europe and the Jaguar XKE in North America.

There's something special about a Jaguar E type that is just the way it rolled off the assembly line.

Today's Jaguar E Type lover or investor knows that the more his iconic car resembles the original that rolled off the line, the more valuable it will be, and therefore a greater return on his investment as well as a source of pleasure.

Through the life of an E type, it can change hands many times. The author may maintain the original color or change it to reflect his personal taste—thus unknowingly reducing the car´s value.

Remember that up until 1973 a customer could order an E Type Jag in any color, in addition to the regular colors available.

The following table lists the original color combinations of E types as they left the factory.

Jaguar E-Type Factory Color Combinations

Combination Number
Body Color
Warwick Grey
Red, light tan, dark blue
Sherwood Green
Suede green, light tan, tan
Dark Blue
Red, light blue, grey
Red, grey, tan, light tan
Carmen Red
Opalescent Silver Grey
Red, light blue, dark blue, grey
Opalescent Silver Blue
Grey, dark blue
Opalescent Dark Green
Suede green, beige, tan, light tan
Opalescent Maroon
Maroon, beige
Golden Sand
Red, light tan
Pale Primrose
Black, beige
Willow Green
Grey, suede green, tan, light tan
Red, suede green, tan, light tan
British Racing Green
Suede green, beige, tan, light tan
Ascot Fawn
Red, beige, cinnamon
Beige, grey, cinnamon
Light Blue
Dark blue, grey, light blue
Regency Red
Beige, grey
Old English White
Black, red, French blue, dark blue
Fern Grey
Moss green, olive, tan
Tan, terracotta, cinnamon
Green Sand
Tan, olive, cinnamon
Maroon, antelope, cerise
Lavender Blue
French blue, biscuit, dark blue
Signal Red
Black, biscuit, dark blue
Azure Blue
Dark blue, biscuit, cinnamon
Red, light blue
Dark blue, red
Opalescent Dark Blue
Dark blue, red
Opalescent Gunmetal
Dark blue, light blue, red, beige
Imperial Maroon
Cotswold Blue
Dark blue
Mist Grey
Beige, red, tan
Black, beige
Opalescent Maroon
Maroon, beige
These are the original color combinations for Jaguar E-Type XKE (1961–1974) as they came out of the factory.

Now with the right year and month of manufacture of your Jaguar E-Type at hand, you can find the correct and original inside and out color combination for your car. Keep in mind again that a customer could factory-order any other color combination to suit their taste.

Year Combination Number

  • 1961: 1-3-5-6-7-8-9-15-28-29-30-31-32-33-34-35-36
  • 1962: Same as 1961
  • 1963: 1-3-5-6-7-8-9-12-15-29-30-31-33-34-35-37-38
  • 1964: Same as 1963
  • 1965: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12
  • 1966: Same as 1965
  • 1967: From September on: 1-2-4-5-6-7-8-10-11-12-13-14-15
  • 1968: Same as 1967 until July. From August: 1-2-4-5-12-13-15-16-17-18-19-26
  • 1969: Same as 1968 from August
  • 1970: 2-4-5-12-13-15-16-17-18-19-20
  • 1971: From March on: 2-4-5-12-13-15-16-17-18-19-20-26
  • 1972: Same as 1971 until October. From October: 4-12-15-17-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26-27
  • 1973: Same as 1972 from October
  • 1974: Same as 1972 from October

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      John Hendrusson 

      16 months ago

      Before I bought my XK120 it had been painted in a Jaguar series one cream/OEW.

      I'd like to find the code for a repair is that possible?

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      Beverly Thomas 

      18 months ago

      Is it permissible to darken my original opalescent dark green paint?

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      Bobby E. Lee 

      21 months ago


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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Cream with black interior is my favorite. I am surprised it is not on the list anymore from 1970. Anyway, having a chance to get a ride in any kind of these classics is definitely experience on its own.

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      7 years ago

      Appreciate the help, but there is something amiss. According to this list there was never any shade of green e-type with a black interior.

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      nelson soares 

      9 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      They are really a blessing! Thanks for the comment Johnny!

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      9 years ago

      jaguars are a true blessing to drive.

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      nelson soares 

      9 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      Thanks for reading IdeaMorphist!

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      9 years ago from Chicagoland

      I love jags... so nice to know all this about the paint out there!! Thanks a bunch for sharing :)

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      nelson soares 

      10 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      Rismayanti & earnesthub, Thanks for the read!

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      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Love the hub! Old E-Types were works of art. I will come and spend some more time reading the links. I have built a "D" type motor from an E type, profiling the camshafts and making my own shims. I love the heads on early jags, although they were not bullet proof, the did allow the inline six to produce nice torque down low, and great horsepower for the time. Thanks for a great read. The information about jag paint is excellent and will be very useful as well.

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      10 years ago from Tropical Island

      upss.. so complete.. great hub


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