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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.


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.


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


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.




Jaguar XJS bodywork makeover – before and after video

As you know, one of the biggest potential dangers to your classic car’s wellbeing is rust. Rust can quickly take hold of a vehicle, particularly in the winter months, making your prized possession unsafe to drive.

Hot on the heels of our blog post all about rust last month, this video shows you how we were able to transform and restore this XJS Convertible back to its former glory. After rebuilding the rust decayed doors, repairing all the holes and straightening the panels, we applied our specialist rust treatment procedure to all the hidden structural box sections. We hope you enjoy the results!

Let KWE cars ensure your classic Jaguar doesn’t rust away this winter. For more information visit our website or call us on +44 (0) 1635 30030.

Theresa’s top ten Jag XJS on the web

New for our blog this month, Theresa has carefully chosen ten of the best Jag XJS cars currently for sale from a number of different websites. She’s selected the cars based on their potential to provide good value – whether for every day driving or as investment opportunities.

As we haven’t viewed the cars in person (except for the two that have passed through our workshop), we’d recommend a full professional assessment to check for rust problems etc. before parting with any money. Don’t forget to look at Jaguar XJS for sale from KWE too.

  1. A very late, full facelift 4.0 with 72,000 miles in Regency red. This car is for sale in Leicestershire for £7,300, it has an MOT to July 2015 and comes with six months’ road tax.

Car One

  1. 5.3 pre HE with 70,000 miles in Cotswold yellow. One of the first XJS’s produced with full rubber bumpers and black vinyl console, this 5.3 pre HE is one to keep. The vendor’s price of £11,995 is ambitious, but very few cars of this era are being advertised, so they are quite rare. The car is taxed and MOT’d until March 2015.


  1. 1985 5.3 HE V12 Cabriolet with 66,985 miles in metallic light blue. We fitted a new exhaust to this car in 1996 and also renewed the suspension and braking parts. We also carried out a ‘Straight six perishables and major engine service’ at the time. Since 2006, the car has covered just over 1,000 miles. This is the car that the classic car experts are saying is the one to be buying right now!


  1. 1988 3.6 Auto coupe with 87,000 miles in Solent blue. Reasonably priced at £4,500, this car is for sale in the West Midlands.


  1. 1988 3.6 with 37,000 miles in Westminster blue. This model has a 5-speed manual gearbox and comes with an MOT until September 2015. It’s for sale in London for £5,795.

Car Five

  1. 1992 4.0 convertible with 72,000 miles in red. This car is for sale in Nottinghamshire for £9,995 – a reasonable price for a part-facelift convertible.

Car Six

  1. 1989 5.3 auto coupe with 53,000 miles in Arctic blue. You’ll get a lot of car for your money here; it’s for sale for only £4,995.


  1. 1989 convertible V12 with 76,000 miles in white. You could have lots of fun with this beautiful car. It has a sought after blue hood and grey leather interior. The mileage is reasonable for the age and it has an MOT to April 2015. At just £7,500 this car will be snapped up quickly!

Car eight

  1. 1993 6.0 coupe with 55,000 miles in stunning Kingfisher We’ve cossetted this car with our ‘Straight six perishables and major engine service’, a radiator re-core, cavity wax and underseal as well as new tyres. We think it’s well worth the £10,000 asking price.

Car Nine

10. 1995 4.0 coupe with 85,000 miles in red. Last but not least this late coupe is available from Aberdare, in South Wales for £6,500.


If any of these cars tempt you into making a purchase, we’d love to carry out any upgrades and improvements you require. For a detailed look at the options that go beyond our basic restoration services, visit our website.

Alternatively check out Jaguar XJS for sale from KWE

Five crucial measures to prevent classic car rust

One of the biggest potential dangers to your classic car’s wellbeing is rust. Rust can cause the structure of any car to become weakened and unstable, making it unsafe to drive and liable to fail MoT testing. This build up of corrosion usually progresses from invisible areas until it becomes visible through the paintwork or is spotted during an underside inspection – by which time remedial action can be very expensive.

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Rust forms when moisture and air come into contact with unprotected steel. This process is hastened by the presence of sulphur dioxide from the atmosphere and ionic compounds such as road salt. Read these tips on how to ensure that your classic car doesn’t turn into a rust bucket.

  1. Keep your classic car clean, especially on the underside and wheel areas

Rust is often more likely to take hold of your vehicle if it’s dirty and mud is allowed to accumulate underneath. When washing your car pay special attention to the wheel arches and sill ends. When using your vehicle in the winter months, mud combined with road salt can become trapped within crevices around the wheel wells and underbody. Mud tends to retain moisture, therefore contributing greatly to rusting.

The best cleaning method is to use a concentrated spray from a garden hose to dislodge mud from inside the wheel arch lips, and the sill ends. A high pressure washer (e.g. Karcher) is too powerful and can lift off the protective underseal. Ideally, keep an eye out for exposed and rusty steel in these areas, get them thoroughly dry, prime with zinc-rich paint and apply brushing underseal such as Waxoyl underbody sealant.

  1. Inspect your classic car carefully

Make sure you inspect the whole of the vehicle’s structure, both topside and underside. If the surface of the original protective coating has deteriorated over wider areas, it’s best to remove all the old underseal and re-coat the whole surface to provide long-term protection.


Perhaps you won’t need to go this level… but we do!

Moisture tends to accumulate within enclosed sections around the vehicle such as doors, sills, chassis sections and strengthening areas, eventually resulting in rusting from within. Due to access problems, it can be near-impossible to apply protective paint within such cavities, but rust-resisting wax or oil-based fluids can be introduced, via drilled and plugged holes, ideally under high pressure from a special spray gun. This can be tricky, so it is recommended that you contact a reputable rust protection specialist such as KWE who will be able to do this for you.

  1. Give your classic car a run in the winter

Some people believe that you shouldn’t use your classic car in the winter because of the unfavourable weather conditions and salt on the roads. In reality, leaving your vehicle unused in the winter can do more harm than good. Ideally, you should aim to start your car at least once a month, taking it for a short drive in dry conditions to bring the engine up to full operating temperature have the aircon on and using the brakes frequently This will ensure that the brake discs remain rust-free, and moving parts remain freed-up. It is important to get the engine thoroughly warm so as to evaporate the harmful acidic moisture that can build up in under-used engines. We advise keeping the aircon on all year round to reduce leakage from the pressure seals.

  1. Store your classic car correctly

Storage of your classic car is very important, particularly in the winter. The best place to store your vehicle is within a dry and airy barn, garage or large carport on a concrete or other dry base. Wood or brick garages are preferable to pre-cast concrete units, which tend to ‘sweat’ in very cold conditions. The objective is to keep air flowing around the car, but not let rain fall on it. There should be no damp coming up from the ground, so parking the car on grass or earth is not advised. One way to avoid the damp problem associated with storage is to use an inflatable plastic tent, with fans to keep air moving inside, or a portable frame garage tent. Disconnect the battery (see also our battery care article) and, if the car is under cover, open the windows a little to keep the inside aired.

We do not recommend full body covers outdoors for long term storage outside because the paint is likely to be damaged by wind-induced abrasion and can create micro-blistering in the paint. Any damp under the car will be trapped and start causing rust and mould to grow. However, especially with convertibles, we recommend use of a cap or roof cover which just covers the roof. If the car is stored indoors then a lightweight indoor cover is recommended to keep the dust off. Be aware of rodent damage – mice frequently chew through cables and hoses on undisturbed cars. We recommend placing several (pet-safe) mousetraps around the car.

  1. Consult a classic car specialist

To ensure that you aren’t leaving the rusting of your classic car to chance, why not speak to the experts? KWE are very experienced in preventing and remedying rust, and have developed techniques which make our cars last a lot longer than average. We know where to look for rust, and offer both cavity wax injection for box sections, and full underbody sealant renewal.

We recommend repeating this inspection and proofing process every second year. This regime vastly reduces the chance of further rusting. If the customer specifies a bare metal re-spray it is then possible to inspect any previous topside problems and rectify them if necessary.

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We’ll ensure that your classic car doesn’t rust away. Download our pdf article on the subject: CavityWaxInjection for more information on our cavity wax rust protection, service or call us on +44 (0) 1635 30030.

All you need to know about: Classic car engine oils

The temperature conundrum

Engine oil viscosity is a measure of how runny it is, thus indicating its ability to coat and protect metal bearing surfaces from rubbing together metal-to-metal. Oil viscosity is quantified by a number, usually from 0 (very thin) to 90 (very thick). But this viscosity is inversely proportional to temperature, so hot oil is runnier and less able to protect big gaps as found in older engine designs, and cold oil is heavy and sluggish, draining some engine power and again reducing protection. So a fixed-grade oil has to be thick enough to protect the engine at maximum temperature but this means it will be very thick at cold temperatures, making the engine very hard to start. Cold climate drivers sometimes have to resort to heating the engine with a paraffin heater before they can be started!

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