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XK Horn Color

Horns, Color

I hope I do not offend anyone but can a XK140 OTS owner tell me the type of
finish you have on the horns. I suspect that the back part was painted
black, while the front was aluminum colored. Can anyone comment.
- Neville Laing

I rebuilt mine a few years back and recall that the cover with screws is a
grey aluminum in color and the rest is black. The screws and the plate
center nut were not painted. They can be taken apart. I had to use heat to
get the screws out without having the heads break off. I would not try
without using heat. I think that I have parts one if you need a part.I will
have to check.
- Cleo Bay
XK120, XK140

The JCNA say that the 140 horns were "grey". Lucas says that they were
"polychromatic grey". As to whether part was black, the illustration in the
Lucas book shows it all grey, quite a light grey in fact.
- John Elmgreen

My mid-56 XK-140 horns are a medium metallic grey with a hint of light
green. I cad plated the bracket that holds the horn to the bumper support.
I'm not sure whether it was originally painted or plated. Note, also, that
the wire harness plugs into the horn unit through a two hole rubber grommet
that is still available.
- Mike Carpenter 812797

My very early 140 did not, as I recall, have grey-coloured horns. They are
currently off the car and their fronts have been repainted black because
that appears to have been the original colour. However, if they were
properly grey, I would like to redo them now.

Can anyone tell me what colour 120 horns were? It may be that the car has
"120 horns" and that these were originally black.
- Brian Pel

My MkV and 120 both have glossy black horns. The dome was painted inside,
then the thing was assembled, then the entire outside was painted black.
Definitely original, as they were well preserved by road tar.
- Rob Reilly

Gloss black. Absolutely.
- Nick Saltarelli
1954 XK120SE OTS
1968 E-type OTS

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