I have gone back through all the evidence I have and can find nothing suggesting the front brake rod was ever supplied chromed. I have never met a chromed original one, but I have met a number of black painted originals. The modern replacements are supplied bright and shiny but I think the bike looks a lot better for the brake rod being black. I had an original rod on my cammy which was of course black and I always thought that bike looked better than my single which then had a chromed rod.
36 4G, 37 VH, 53 ex ISDT KHA (project), 54 KH(A), Healey 1000/4 (project)
Former Machine Registrar & Archivist, General Secretary and Single Spares Organiser.