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Stars and their famous Jaguar cars

Jaguar has firmly cemented its position as a British style icon, synonymous with exuberance and class. It’s no wonder that the brand is so popular with A-list stars around the world. From royalty to footballers, this blog post looks at a few famous Jaguar owners.

Posh and Becks

David Beckham

Posh and Becks are huge fans of Jaguar, boasting a collection that is said to include an XK, F-Type, E-Type, and an XJ, to name but a few. As British style icons in their own right, the couple have been recruited as brand ambassadors on a number of occasions, supposedly embodying Jaguar’s identity.

The former England Captain was recently unveiled as international face of the brand, appearing in ads for the new Jaguar F-Type in China. Mr Beckham confirmed his love for the British motoring giants, commenting: “I’ve always been an admirer of Jaguar – from the styling and design to the feel and roar of the engine, every element feels uniquely British.”

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Famed for his roles in Indiana Jones and Star Wars, Harrison Ford is reportedly also a big fan of Jaguar. Rather than travelling through space in the Millennium Falcon, you’re more likely to see the actor cruising in his 1955 British racing green XK 140, worth an estimated $150,000.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell recently purchased this exquisite 1965 convertible E-Type for a whopping £650,000. The refurbished model reportedly caught the eye of the X-Factor judge after it was featured on BBC One’s Top Gear. The 160mph Eagle Speedster is one of only three models available, and features a brand new aluminium body.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen

The Royal Family has been a longstanding supporter of the Jaguar brand. The Queen can regularly be seen behind the wheel of her British racing green S-Type or Range Rover. Jaguar has well and truly received a Royal seal of approval.

Feel like a star in your own classic Jaguar car

Other XJS fans include James May, Patrick Stewart, Tom Conti, Eamonn Holmes and Menzies Campbell. You don’t have to be a celebrity to become the owner of a unique Jaguar. Here at KWE we give you the star treatment, restoring your Jaguar car in line with your personal specifications. Our service doesn’t just cater for celebrities; we provide exceptional and affordable solutions to all our customers.

If you’re looking for a new venture to spice up your life and give us a call on 01635 30030 or visit our website for more information.


Nominate somebody deserving for a drive, tour and tea with KWE

As it’s the season of goodwill, we’ve been thinking about how we could brighten up somebody’s Christmas this year and have hatched a plan!

Do you know someone (young or old) who, through various circumstances, has had a particularly rough ride this year? Perhaps it’s someone with a disability, or an illness, or someone who has supported you through bad times. Is this person also a big fan of classic Jaguar cars? If so, then we’d like to treat them to an afternoon here at KWE Cars.

We’ll take them out for a half-hour drive in either the Top Gear XJS or in a four-seater Series 3 saloon – or both. Then we’ll take them for a tour of the workshop and finish off with afternoon tea.

1989 V12 Coupé in Arctic Blue

To nominate somebody special, simply email chris.knowles@kwecars.com with their name and a brief description of their circumstances. All nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 19th December. We’ll select a winner on Monday 22nd December – allowing you to give them this treat for Christmas.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

Please note that children will need to be accompanied by an adult. The winner will need to contact KWE to arrange a mutually convenient date to receive the prize.


KWE Cars is proud to support World Land Trust

We are very proud to be supporting World Land Trust. As well as being specialists in classic Jaguar car restoration, we are also keen to protect the environment. Sustainability is very much a cornerstone of our philosophy and the way we approach business.

World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase an acre of land, helping to counter deforestation, protecting the jaguar’s natural habitat in the process.

For more information about the charity, visit www.worldlandtrust.org.



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


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


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


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!