All had a Black
roof, unless ordered in the optional monotone exterior.
Wheels either in Cream or pale Grey.
Farina Grey/Tan trim, or Tartan Red trim with Farina Grey piping,
or Ocean Blue trim with Farina Grey piping; Tartan Red/Black
trim with Tartan Red piping; Horizon Blue/Blue trim;
Sutherland Green/Grey trim with Sutherland Green piping;
Ocean Blue/Grey trim with Ocean Blue piping; Black/Red,
Blue, Grey or tan trim.
Only about a dozen Mk I A40s were produced to special order
with hide trim.
A few early cars were produced in Horizon Blue/Tan trim, but
only for a short period.
There were some odd cars in
the very first batch:
Two cars were produced in Cloud
102 was trimmed in Red and dispatched to Capetown
on 25 July 1958
106 was trimmed in Tan and dispatched
to Canada on 30 July 1958
Two cars were produced in
Willow Green with tan trim:
103, which went to Rotterdam
on 16 September 1958
107, which went to Dar es Salaam
on 1 August 1958
The only basic saloon produced in the first
50 was in Cloud Grey with Red trim, and this went
to Zurich on 31 July 1958. Only five Willow Green and
five Cloud Grey cars were produced. All were in the
first 20 cars and all went abroad.
Apart from these oddities, and car number 8509, which was produced
in 'Special Grey' with Dove Grey hide for Sir Leonard
Lord on 30 December 1958, all production cars conformed
to the original list of six colours with Black roofs.
Cars were only produced with optional monotone exteriors
from mid-1959 onwards.
In November 1960, one car was produced with a special paint
try-out. This car, A2S6 135,159, was in Surf Blue with
a Farina Grey roof and Horizon Blue trim.
In June 1961,
five cars were produced in special paint try-outs,
and some of the colours would be seen later on the Mk
II cars. They were all saloons: 155,379 was in Cumulus
Grey with a Snowberry White roof and Hazelnut trim; 155,382
was in Agate Red with a Black roof and Cardinal Red trim;
156,007 was in Embassy Maroon with a Black roof and Biscuit
trim; 156,037 was in Blue Royale with an Ocean Blue roof
and Ocean Blue trim; 156,040 was in Persian Blue with
a Farina Grey roof and Horizon Blue trim. All, except
the Blue Royale car, are recorded as having Snowberry
White wheels and instrument board.