Well I hate to say it but you mighta been misinformed. As far as I know the JL W7 came out in 2001 and looked the exact same way it does today the whole time. Perhaps they put some kind of cover over it? I dunno. Only way to find out for sure is to take it out and check. Not that it matters, if it sounds good that's what counts. It's a JL something that's for sure and that's enough.
Just lay off unstoppable, and unstoppable, try to use a bit more tact next time
If you really care take it out and check. I'd be curious to know if the w7 did for some reason have a different look to it at one point. But to my knowledge it didn't.