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KWE’s classic car news round-up (April-May)

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

Classic and vintage cars now seen as a stand alone investment (Live Trading News)

The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index notes that classic cars have beaten everything from art, watches and coins over the past 1 year, 5 years and 10 years. This is telling people that classic and vintage cars are a viable investment asset class.

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Car of the month: stunning 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 convertible with room for ‘Pops’

We’ve recently completed the restoration of this now-stunning classic car. We were asked by the client to source a low-mileage donor car – it had to be blue, V12 and a convertible.

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The car we found was actually Solent blue (a mid metallic blue). It was stripped back and repainted in Jaguar Westminster blue (a gorgeous dark navy).

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New valet and paint protection services from KWE Cars

Is your Jaguar XJS ready to shine this summer? If not, then why not call on our professional valet and paint protection services and treat your classic car to a thorough spring clean.

Select from three levels of valeting and a leather refurbishment service, prices start from £90.

For a long-lasting shine, we also offer Advanced Nano Coating paint protection. This is a highly developed nano-scale protective film that lasts – with yearly polishing – for up to 15 years. To find out more, visit our website or call 01635 30030 for an appointment.

Advanced Nano Coating paint protection

Here’s one we did earlier – a KWE-restored Jaguar XJS in solid black with paint protection and one happy owner!

 

A brief history of the Jaguar XJS

With the Jaguar XJS celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, we took a look back at this iconic car’s somewhat turbulent history.

In a league of its own

Design plans for the XJS got underway in 1965, with the first production car being sold in 1975. The car was primarily designed by Malcolm Sayer, with input and control from Sir William Lyons. With Jaguar struggling financially at the time, the XJS needed to be a big success.

The highly anticipated XJS was seen by many as a direct replacement to the very popular E-Type. However, when the XJS was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1976, it was clear that the car was intended to be in a league of its own.

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New technical note: Should I add coolant sealant to my classic Jaguar XJS?

The short answer = NO!

We strongly recommend you read this technical note BEFORE adding coolant sealant to your classic Jaguar XJS. We’ve had several cases where the consequences have caused severe (and expensive to repair) damage.

In the note we explain how sealants work and describe the complex process we’ve devised to flush it out.

We also give advice on what you should do if you have a coolant leak – a must read for all classic Jaguar drivers.

http://www.kwecars.com/coolant-sealants/#.VUs5PdNVhBc

Theresa’s pick of the best Jaguar XJS cars for sale

As interest in the Jaguar XJS market heats up, it’s definitely becoming harder and harder to spot reasonably priced, good quality examples. Nonetheless, here are this month’s pick of the best Jaguar XJS cars that Theresa has selected from a number of different websites.

We haven’t viewed any of these cars in person, so we’d recommend a full professional assessment to check the bodywork, powertrain and other mechanics before parting with any cash!

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New technical note: classic Jaguar coolant and fuel hoses – pitfalls and solutions

Are Kevlar-reinforced replacement coolant hoses good enough to use in your classic Jaguar XJS? Based on our experience, we’d have to say no. So which hoses are best to use? And what’s important to consider when fitting them?

Find out what KWE recommends for coolant and fuel hoses in our new technical note on the website:

http://www.kwecars.com/coolant-and-fuel-hoses-pitfalls-and-solutions/#.VS97mRPF840