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Christmas gift ideas for classic car enthusiasts

As this year’s festivities begin to roll out once more, it’s time to get that Christmas shopping done and dusted. If you’ve got a motor enthusiast in your family passionate about classic Jaguar cars, then look no further. Here’s our pick of gift ideas to get your Christmas shopping on the right track.

1. Driving gloves

Driving gloves

Price: £42-£110. Available from: Dents.co.uk

For him or for her, treat a loved one to a luxurious pair of driving gloves from Dents. Perfect for those frosty winter mornings, driving gloves ensure total control behind the wheel, whilst making sure you are still the epitome of style in your prized possession.

2. Jaguar Scrapbook by Philip Porter

Jaguar scapbook

Price: £34.95 by SNG Barratt

This beautifully designed book charts the history of Jaguar since its inception in 1922 and contains plenty of previously unseen material to warrant the attention of diehard Jaguar enthusiasts.

3. Retro mug

Retro mug

Price £11.25 from SNG Barratt

Show off your love for Jaguar each time you make a brew with this stylish bone china mug from SNG Barratt. It celebrates the history of Jaguar cars in true retro style – perfect for your tea on Christmas morning!

4. Jaguar key ring

Jaguar key ring

£15 from SNG Barratt

Who wouldn’t want this key ring to go with their beautiful car? The perfect accessory for any Jaguar car owner, this circular key ring will have their heart jumping for joy.

5. Personalised number plate

Personalised number plate

Price: Varies. Available from: DVLA

Make a loved one’s prized possession even more individual – buy a personalised number plate for their car. Not only is this a unique, one of a kind gift, it also looks great when you’re out on the roads. Cost is dependent on which letter-number combination you choose.

6. A trip to Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Beaulieu

Price: £49.50 (family ticket). Available from: Beaulieu.co.uk

Beaulieu is the perfect destination for any true classic car enthusiast. With the world famous National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of classic and modern cars, Palace House, and historic Beaulieu Abbey, Beaulieu is a guaranteed great day out for the whole family.

7. A driving experience day

Track day

Price: Varies. Available from: Various experience day sites.

Fancy yourself as a budding racing driver, or know someone who does? Why not put their driving skills to the test with a track day experience? From super cars to classic motors, you are sure to find something to excite any motoring enthusiast. Track days vary in price depending on which cars are available, and for how long you choose to drive.

8. Restore a classic XJS

Jeremy

The ultimate gift! Our elves will be only too happy to assist your loved one with the restoration of a classic Jaguar car. Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we’ll help design it to your personal specification. For more information about our services call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com

Merry Christmas from all at KWE Cars

Lister Mark III – body and suspension restoration video

In 2013, we started work to restore the body and suspension of this exceptional XJS car. The list of work we carried out was extensive, including a complete body strip, substantial rust repairs and protection, bare-metal respray, all-new suspension, brakes and steering, engine overhaul, custom exhaust, brand new interior and much more.

The results? See for yourself in this walk-around video and listen to that fabulous 7-litre V12 engine!

The owner recently sold the car at auction through Bonhams in Oxford for an impressive £72,620 – a true reflection of the quality of work and the car itself of course!

KWE Jaguar’s view on waterless coolants

We’ve recently posted a note within our website’s tech centre all about waterless coolants. To visit this page, click here.

cooling system

 

Jaguar XJS restoration story: from Malta with love

Jeremy

This 1989 convertible XJS exudes sophistication with its sleek chrome and tan leather interior. Travelling thousands of miles from Malta, this fine specimen, fondly known as Jeremy, has made quite a journey, and is a far cry from the tired looking car we started work on earlier this year.

On arrival at KWE, it quickly became apparent that the bodywork was in much worse condition than was originally suspected. We found out that the car had been involved in a frontal collision, large amounts of rust were present, and much of it had been disguised with filler and newspaper!

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KWE’s classic car news round up (Oct-Nov)

Here are a few news highlights from the classic car industry from the last couple of months…

Classics as investments: still a safe bet? (Car and Classic Magazine)

Today’s classic car market is attracting increasing numbers of investors and speculators. The last few years have certainly seen major increases in classic car values, with vehicles selling for the kind of money that would have seemed unthinkable even just a decade ago.

Ultra-low bank rates are encouraging enthusiasts and investors alike to spend their own money on cars, giving them an enjoyable asset that may continue to rise in value, rather than them simply relying on 1-2% from their bank.

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Restoring a Jaguar XJS? Make it look good, inside and out

When restoring a classic car like the XJS, we think it’s just as important for the car to look and sound as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Bring a touch of luxury to the inside of your car and let us help you specify a new interior. We offer a wide selection of interior schemes and audio upgrades, including:

New leather – We’ll help you chose from plain or perforated leather in a wide range of colours, with contrasting panels and colour-keyed piping. The leather can be embossed with the Jaguar ‘leaper’, ‘XJS’ or the KWE logo.

Leather

New carpets – The carpets we provide are wool and are available with a contrasting leather edge.

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The Jaguar XJS: ‘Plain Jane’ or classic beauty?

We think the Jaguar XJS looks quite the opposite of plain in this fabulous YouTube video we found. It’s visual tributes like these that really help to validate it as a beautiful classic car. We hope you enjoy watching the video as much as we did.