So we may have a discrepancy between UK machines and those in Australia. Machines destined for Australia usually went to export agents TKM - Tozer, Kemsley and Milburn in London. Maybe they kept a tin of Red Hunter red available. Like David and Roger, I do not understand why the timing covers would not have been painted green for de luxe models, or possibly black.
Can anyone, elsewhere in the world add to the information? New Zealand bikes went through TKM as well as Australian ones.
36 4G, 37 VH, 54 KH(A), 75 Healey 1000/4, 52/53 ex ISDT KHA (project).
Former Machine Registrar & Archivist, General Secretary and Single Spares Organiser (over a 25 year period).
Now Archivist once more - but not Machine Registrar.