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Cigar Lighters

Cigar Lighters

Can XK120 owners tell me what sort of cigar lighters they have fitted, assuming they are believed to be original? Parts book says two types, C 1430 (presumably the glass centre type), then C 2523 from 660848/671414. I guess the second type was the black bakelite looking type. Then a service bulletin refers to C 5631 for very late (1954) cars, same as the XK140. But the photos of 670178 (1000 mile alloy car) seem to show a different type - black with glass eye. My 660472 (should be early type) has brown with glass. Any comments? - John Elmgreen

Roger, Cordell Newby is a supplier of Jag parts in the Northwest. He lives at 1625 N. Western, Wenatchee Wash 98801 Phone and fax is 509 662-7748 He is the gentleman that supplied the cam cover cases that I sent to you... - Lee Eggers

My tuppence: The photo of 670178 appears to be the same glass eye lighter as in my MkV, which is black Bakelite and is marked SMITH'S PAT. No_ 372093, and the MkV PC lists it as being C2669 (Smith SK.40503/8) for early MkV and C2669 (Smith X.40503/8) for later MkV. Note the same Jag no. but different Smith prefix no. You hold it in until it glows.

For early 120 the C1430 is listed as being Smith SK.40503/2 and apparently they put it in a few later cars (maybe to use up leftovers); note the slightly different Smith no. from either MkV one, but totally different Jag no.

The slightly different Smith no's suggest to me that they indicate VERY insignificant changes to the design, something so minor that hardly anybody would never notice it. I've never seen a brown one, but maybe a color change would be noted by a different suffix number? Just guessing.

For C2523 in later 120, a Smith no. is not listed. Mine is a black knob (no glass) and is marked SMITHS MA (which incidentally means Motor Accessories). It automatically pops out when it's hot.

What does Mk7 have? - Rob Reilly

The cigar lighter for my XK120, #S674432, is black bakelite, no glass insert. On the side of the knob is written "Smiths" and, below that, "MA".

- Nick Saltarelli 1954 XK120SE OTS 1968 E-type OTS

Hi all -- to join this cigar lighter thread, all three lighters in my ORIGINAL Mk IX, 792817 BW, manufactured 15 Dec. '59, have bakelite knobs, no glass insert, with SMITHS MA cast into the knob (raised letters); all three pop out when hot. Hope this helps - Larry Martz

Rob Reilly Mk VII had C 4688 (Smith SK.40503/11), then thermostatic type C 4538 (Smith X.76064/7), then further themo type C 5630 (Smith SK.76064/27). The middle one is shown at Plate FZ and has a recessed top. looks like the black plastic type, no glass. Mk IX PB 374: instrument panel type is C 5630, and centre pillar type (x 2) is C 12568 (no Smiths numbers in PB in either case). So all three are not the same. - John Elmgreen

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