It’s a debate that is likely to go on amongst motoring enthusiasts for the foreseeable future: which are better – classic or modern cars? On the face of it, modern cars seem like the better option; they’re safer, cheaper to run and better for the environment, right? However, for those drivers looking for a sense of excitement and individuality – you can’t beat a quality classic.
The real question is: why choose a classic vehicle over a newer model?
Driving a classic car can be perceived negatively – particularly when it comes to the environment. Environmentalists sometimes view classic cars as being gas guzzling planet destroyers, due to their poor fuel efficiency. In reality, salvaging a classic car is in fact an excellent example of recycling – maximising the use of something rather than just disposing of it.
Keeping an old motor running, rather than just replacing it at the nearest opportunity, is sustainable and limits the amount of waste in our scrapheaps.
Owning a classic car is a sociable activity – more than just a hobby. With regular classic car shows and owners’ club meetings, there is always an opportunity to meet fellow motoring enthusiasts whilst showing off your prized possession.
Being a member of a classic car club isn’t just fun and games, they can also prove beneficial when it comes to obtaining technical information or sourcing service parts. A social network of classic car enthusiasts is sure to benefit your vehicle, and help to optimise its performance.
Owning a modern car can be frustrating, as its value depreciates rapidly within the first 12 months of ownership. Comparatively, a classic car is more likely to retain its value – it may actually increase if restored and maintained to a high standard. Many makes and marques are becoming increasingly rare, leading to a greater asking price.
In an article written by Autocar this month, the Jaguar XJS was second in a list of only five cars highlighted as having great investment potential right now.
You don’t have to worry about paying a hefty sum for cover, as policies tend to cost less for classic cars than for more modern vehicles. This is partly because classic cars tend to be more carefully maintained and driven far fewer miles than other vehicles, resulting in a lower number of claims.
Modern cars have become more and more alike – inside and out, and with only few exceptions have evolved into characterless if competent transport. Some motoring enthusiasts crave the individuality and driver satisfaction that only a classic design can provide. A classic car ensures that you stand out amongst the sea of monotone modern vehicles, receiving those second glances of appreciation.
Why drive a bland modern family vehicle when, for the same price, you can drive an effortlessly stylish classic car? KWE has created an affordable alternative by bringing the price for re-engineered classics down to that of new family saloons. In addition, we have developed the ride and handling of the 1980’s Jaguar XJ to put it in the forefront of executive saloon performance.
Road tax on classic cars is also considerably lower than on modern vehicles, and is limited to £230 per year regardless of engine type or size. Comparatively, with a new V8 Range Rover, for example, you can expect to fork out over £500 per year.
If this post has got you thinking about your next car, make sure you speak to the engineering experts. At KWE Jaguar, we have many years’ experience restoring classic Jaguars and Aston Martins to ‘better than new’ quality. Read our client testimonials, here.
It would appear the recent revival for 1970’s fashion isn’t just limited to the high street. This is good news for classic cars from the era and for us here at KWE. Over the last few months we’ve seen a rush of interest in the Jaguar XJS and have enjoyed an influx of customers coming to us for work on their seemingly-now-fashionable XJS cars. And as a direct result, we’ve taken on two more engineers in the workshop to help cope with the demand.
It’s not just about trends in fashion though – at last the Jaguar XJS is more widely recognised as a great investment opportunity. In an article written by Autocar last week, the Jaguar XJS was second in a list of only five cars highlighted as having great investment potential right now.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
If you are thinking about buying a classic Jaguar XJS, read our buying tips first. It shows you what to look out for and how to minimise restoration costs. Of course once you are a proud owner, we’ll happily help you restore the car to its former glory – take a look at the cars we are working on now.
For more information call KWE Cars on 01635 30030.
We’ve been lucky enough to work on this unique car. It was originally modified by Guy Salmon to celebrate their 25th anniversary year. They modified five Jaguar XJS cars in total – four convertibles and this rather special coupé.
It came to us needing improvements to its suspension, a full respray and repairs to its engine.
The previous poor repair work and plenty of hidden rust turned the respray job into a bit of a marathon. The body shop did an excellent job converting the original two-tone black and silver scheme to pure black all over – making the Guy Salmon wings on the boot and roof blend in wasn’t easy! However, the results speak for themselves.
The engine was also in a bad state, necessitating the removal of one cylinder head –a very difficult and time-consuming task on this engine – and we found various broken parts inside it.
Spectre, the latest instalment from the Bond saga, is set for cinema release in November 2015. As with all James Bond films, there is a great deal of excitement centred around which vehicles will be on display. Spectre is unlikely to disappoint, as 007 is set to look as suave as ever as he continues saving the world.
In addition to the exquisite Aston Martin DB10 appearing in the film, Jaguar Land Rover will also be doing its part to help the British spy, supplying a Range Rover Sport SVR, Jaguar C-X75 and Defender Big Foot.
Rumours have speculated that the C-X75, driven by the film’s antagonist (played by Christoph Waltz), and the DB10 will be involved in a high-octane car chase through the streets of Rome.
Here at KWE we may not be experts in international espionage, but we do know a thing or two about restoring classic cars. We provide a bespoke service, reengineering your classic car to the highest standard and to your exacting requirements. While James Bond’s cars are usually four cylinders short of a real engine, the majority of the Jaguar XJSs we work on are V12s.
As well as the Jaguar XJS, we also specialise in the Aston Martin DB7, as the two marques share various structural and engineering similarities. Visit the service page on our website for more information.
We’ve also recently extended our services to include the Jaguar XK8 – 007’s XKR is the ‘souped-up’ brother of this model. With the same high quality workmanship, we can bring these fine cars back to as-new or better-than-new condition. Have a look at this sporty 4-litre V8 Jaguar XK8 we have for sale on our website; it might not have guns or rockets, but just two very careful owners.
Jaguar and Aston Martin are synonymous with 007, but this got us thinking – what’s your favourite James Bond vehicle of all time? Perhaps the classic Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in many James Bond films, the XKR from Die Another Day, or maybe the XJ8 from Casino Royale? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook – we’d love to hear from you.
We thought you’d like to know about this special one-off magazine from Practical Classics. Providing a unique insight into the Jaguar XJS, it includes everything you need to know about buying, restoring and running these classic cars.
It’s the perfect gift for any Jaguar XJS enthusiast and, as it’s available for just £6.99 including postage and packing, we’d recommend you order quickly before they sell out!
Here at KWE we think that the Jaguar XJ and XJS models are two of the most beautiful luxury and accomplished sports cars ever made. If you are the lucky owner – or would like to be the lucky owner – of one of these stunning cars, then you’ll probably agree with this sentiment. By choosing to purchase and restore one of these models, you are not only bringing new life into a classic car, you are reducing the cumulative environmental impact the production of yet another new car would bring.
Deciding which company to trust to restore your car properly can often be a difficult one. We’ve come up with six very good reasons why KWE should be at the top of your list:
As specialist engineers with years of experience and a passion for classic Jaguar cars, we can re-engineer and modernise your car – in line with your specifications – in all the performance, safety and visual areas to ‘as-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ standard. How can we make it ‘better-than-new’, you ask? Well, we now have access to better modern materials, and we also have the benefit of 30 years hindsight into the limitations of the 1970’s design. We don’t upgrade just for the sake of it, but only where genuine improvements in driver satisfaction are achieved. This is mostly about improving the steering precision, handling stability and controls’ response – and, of course, appearance.
Find out how we turned Jeremy (a tired-looking black convertible Jaguar XJS) into a vision of style and elegance, with the performance and handling to match.
Our ability to understand problems, develop and improve cars comes from processes we’ve evolved over many years. We use this experience to help you design the specification of your ‘new’ car. We listen and, if necessary, tailor our services to meet your exacting needs. We offer sound advice throughout the restoration process, helping you make informed decisions along the way.
We’ve earned an enviable reputation for the quality of our work, and customers come to us from all over the country, and abroad, to enlist our restoration services. We recently undertook a customer satisfaction survey and the result was four times the national average, find out more on our website.
For customers who don’t want to get too bogged down in technical detail, we can provide a complete ‘turnkey’ solution. We’ll ask for the rough specification (colour, body style, engine size etc.) and then we do the rest. However, many of our customers thoroughly enjoy this part of the process and we welcome their involvement and input.
We understand your new classic Jaguar car will be your pride and joy when it’s finished, so while it’s with us you are welcome to review progress at any time. We also have a ‘window into our workshop’ feature on our website that allows you to track the progress online. Once complete, you’ll receive full documentation complete with images supplied on a CD.
We guarantee our workmanship for at least six months, and, in practice, will informally deal with any issues over a much longer period than that. Classic cars by their very nature have, shall we say, some quite mature parts and bodywork so it’s not feasible to guarantee everything, but we have complete confidence in our work and our long-term customer satisfaction supports this.
We often get asked which modern tyres are best for the Jaguar XJS and XJ saloon, so we’ve written a new technical note on the subject for our website.
Many XJS owners try very hard to source the tyres originally specified by Jaguar in the handbook, however, in our experience, we find that fitting a modern equivalent can greatly improve the handling. No need to pay over the odds for big name brands either! Find out more about our recommendations here: