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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

 

KWE Cars expands workforce and premises

As more and more customers recognise the classic Jaguar XJS as a good investment opportunity, we are pleased to report that business is booming here at KWE. To meet growing demand, we’ve expanded our operations on Greenham Business Park and taken on two new recruits.

We’d like to introduce Andy Branning, our new Production Manager, and new Technician, Phil Alexander. These additions bring our total employee count to seven. Here we all are enjoying the spring sunshine yesterday – see photo below.

Meet the team (left to right): Andy Banning, Production Manager, Chris Knowles, Managing Director, Phil Alexander, Technician, Liam Peers, Technician, Dave McBarnett, Senior Technician, Theresa Knowles, Director and Tony Fisher, Technician.

Meet the team (left to right): Andy Banning, Production Manager, Chris Knowles, Managing Director, Phil Alexander, Technician, Liam Peers, Technician, Dave McBarnett, Senior Technician, Theresa Knowles, Director and Tony Fisher, Technician.

We have also acquired an additional plot of land next to the existing premises. The new plot has been designed so that we can park customer cars while restoration work is waiting to be carried out or is in progress – ensuring maximum workshop efficiency.

15 classic Jaguar cars await restoration at our new plot of land on Greenham Business Park

15 classic Jaguar cars await restoration at our new plot of land on Greenham Business Park

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Six reasons to buy a classic car over a newer model

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?

1. A sustainable alternative

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.

metallic blue v12

2. A more social side to motoring

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.

3. An intelligent investment

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.

4. Save on your insurance

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.

5. Uniqueness before uniformity

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.

Stand out from the crowd

Stand out from the crowd

6. An affordable alternative

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.

Get in touch with KWE Jaguar

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.

For more information, ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or give us a call on +44 1635 30030.

Classic Jaguar XJS enjoys boom in popularity

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.

Original XJS launch poster

Original XJS launch poster

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.

Car of the month: unique Guy Salmon Jubilee V12 Jaguar XJS coupé

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.

E57 AUJ before

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.

E57 AUJ after

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.

removing cylinder heads

We took plenty of images to document each stage of this car’s restoration. To view the gallery click here. To see a video clip of the car in action, click here.

How did we do? We’d love to hear what you think about the work we’ve completed. Leave a comment or let us know via Twitter or Facebook.