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Drive a classic Jaguar or Aston Martin fit for ‘00-heaven’

Spectre, the latest instalment from the Bond saga, is set for cinema release in November 2015. As with all James Bond films, there is a great deal of excitement centred around which vehicles will be on display. Spectre is unlikely to disappoint, as 007 is set to look as suave as ever as he continues saving the world.

Jaguar join the party

In addition to the exquisite Aston Martin DB10 appearing in the film, Jaguar Land Rover will also be doing its part to help the British spy, supplying a Range Rover Sport SVR, Jaguar C-X75 and Defender Big Foot.

Rumours have speculated that the C-X75, driven by the film’s antagonist (played by Christoph Waltz), and the DB10 will be involved in a high-octane car chase through the streets of Rome.

Bond cars

Image: Autocar.co.uk.

Jaguar and Aston Martin services

Here at KWE we may not be experts in international espionage, but we do know a thing or two about restoring classic cars. We provide a bespoke service, reengineering your classic car to the highest standard and to your exacting requirements. While James Bond’s cars are usually four cylinders short of a real engine, the majority of the Jaguar XJSs we work on are V12s.

As well as the Jaguar XJS, we also specialise in the Aston Martin DB7, as the two marques share various structural and engineering similarities. Visit the service page on our website for more information.

We’ve also recently extended our services to include the Jaguar XK8 – 007’s XKR is the ‘souped-up’ brother of this model. With the same high quality workmanship, we can bring these fine cars back to as-new or better-than-new condition. Have a look at this sporty 4-litre V8 Jaguar XK8 we have for sale on our website; it might not have guns or rockets, but just two very careful owners.

What’s your favourite Bond car?

Jaguar and Aston Martin are synonymous with 007, but this got us thinking – what’s your favourite James Bond vehicle of all time? Perhaps the classic Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in many James Bond films, the XKR from Die Another Day, or maybe the XJ8 from Casino Royale? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook – we’d love to hear from you.

New Practical Classics Guide to the Jaguar XJS

We thought you’d like to know about this special one-off magazine from Practical Classics. Providing a unique insight into the Jaguar XJS, it includes everything you need to know about buying, restoring and running these classic cars.

 practical classics

http://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/partnership/classics-bookazine/propck2/guidetojag

It’s the perfect gift for any Jaguar XJS enthusiast and, as it’s available for just £6.99 including postage and packing, we’d recommend you order quickly before they sell out!

Six reasons to use KWE Cars for your classic Jaguar restoration

Here at KWE we think that the Jaguar XJ and XJS models are two of the most beautiful luxury and accomplished sports cars ever made. If you are the lucky owner – or would like to be the lucky owner – of one of these stunning cars, then you’ll probably agree with this sentiment. By choosing to purchase and restore one of these models, you are not only bringing new life into a classic car, you are reducing the cumulative environmental impact the production of yet another new car would bring.

Deciding which company to trust to restore your car properly can often be a difficult one. We’ve come up with six very good reasons why KWE should be at the top of your list:

1. We can restore your car to ‘better than new’ quality

As specialist engineers with years of experience and a passion for classic Jaguar cars, we can re-engineer and modernise your car – in line with your specifications – in all the performance, safety and visual areas to ‘as-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ standard. How can we make it ‘better-than-new’, you ask? Well, we now have access to better modern materials, and we also have the benefit of 30 years hindsight into the limitations of the 1970’s design. We don’t upgrade just for the sake of it, but only where genuine improvements in driver satisfaction are achieved. This is mostly about improving the steering precision, handling stability and controls’ response – and, of course, appearance.

Find out how we turned Jeremy (a tired-looking black convertible Jaguar XJS) into a vision of style and elegance, with the performance and handling to match.

Jaguar XJS Jeremy

 

2. We listen and offer sound advice

Our ability to understand problems, develop and improve cars comes from processes we’ve evolved over many years. We use this experience to help you design the specification of your ‘new’ car. We listen and, if necessary, tailor our services to meet your exacting needs. We offer sound advice throughout the restoration process, helping you make informed decisions along the way.

3. We have an excellent reputation and client testimonials

We’ve earned an enviable reputation for the quality of our work, and customers come to us from all over the country, and abroad, to enlist our restoration services. We recently undertook a customer satisfaction survey and the result was four times the national average, find out more on our website.

4. We offer a ‘turnkey’ solution

For customers who don’t want to get too bogged down in technical detail, we can provide a complete ‘turnkey’ solution. We’ll ask for the rough specification (colour, body style, engine size etc.) and then we do the rest. However, many of our customers thoroughly enjoy this part of the process and we welcome their involvement and input.

5. We keep you up to date with progress

We understand your new classic Jaguar car will be your pride and joy when it’s finished, so while it’s with us you are welcome to review progress at any time. We also have a ‘window into our workshop’ feature on our website that allows you to track the progress online. Once complete, you’ll receive full documentation complete with images supplied on a CD.

Jaguar XJS Jeremy 2

 

6. Our work comes with a guarantee

We guarantee our workmanship for at least six months, and, in practice, will informally deal with any issues over a much longer period than that. Classic cars by their very nature have, shall we say, some quite mature parts and bodywork so it’s not feasible to guarantee everything, but we have complete confidence in our work and our long-term customer satisfaction supports this.

If these reasons aren’t enough to convince you, let the showcase and gallery sections on our website be the deciding factor, or call us on +44 1635 30030 for a free information pack.

New technical note: Tyre types and sizes for the Jaguar XJS and XJ saloon

We often get asked which modern tyres are best for the Jaguar XJS and XJ saloon, so we’ve written a new technical note on the subject for our website.

ten spoke wheel

Many XJS owners try very hard to source the tyres originally specified by Jaguar in the handbook, however, in our experience, we find that fitting a modern equivalent can greatly improve the handling. No need to pay over the odds for big name brands either! Find out more about our recommendations here:

http://www.kwecars.com/tyre-types-and-sizes-for-the-xjs-and-xj-saloons/#.VPmVWWSsWgM

Pepperpot

Tell us your favourite road to drive your classic car

With the March equinox only a few weeks away, it won’t be long before we can all enjoy the pleasures of spring again and, if the weather permits, what can be more invigorating than a leisurely drive through the great British countryside?

In a poll of 2000 motorists last year, Shell named Britain’s favourite road as the A470 that runs through Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Snake Pass and the Cat and Fiddle Road in the Peak District were a close second and third. As these roads pass through some of the finest countryside the UK has to offer, it won’t surprise you to learn that in the same survey, the M25 was voted Britain’s least favourite drive!

Over half of the motorists polled said that a sunny day would inspire them to go for a drive on a familiar road, a further 21% said that discovering a new place would also be reason enough. So why not hit the road this spring and enjoy the familiar sights the season has to offer from the comfort and safety of a classic Jaguar XJS?

The open road

Where would you go?

We thought it would be an interesting idea to find out our customers’ favourite roads. Tell us the name of the road, and include details of the stretch you find particularly attractive. Don’t let the UK limit your choice; we know that many of our customers enjoy regular trips to the continent, so feel free to include roads in Europe as well.

If you have any photos please also send them through. Email your suggestions to sales@kwecars.com or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages. Once we have a collection of favourite roads, we’ll share a list of the most popular (or unusual!).

Let us prepare your Jaguar XJS for the challenging conditions some country roads can present. For details of our services, visit the KWE website at http://www.kwecars.com

 

 

 

KWE’s classic car news round up (Jan-Feb)

Here are a few highlights from the classic car industry from the last few months….

EU proposes ban on chrome plating

Classic car experts have warned that chrome plating will disappear as a decorative feature from 2019 if new EU regulations come into force. The EU seeks to prevent the use of hexavalent chromium, which it views as a carcinogen and is on its list of banned substances.

The proposed substitute, trivalent chromium, has caused concern for plating companies as it’s not viewed as tough enough to withstand the rigours of everyday driving. Unlike hexavalent, trivalent does not self-repair – if the surface is scratched the part is likely to corrode.

As classic car parts are often no longer in manufacture, the ability to re-chrome existing parts is important for restorers. Unless an exclusion to the ban is sought and granted, this option will no longer be available to us in Europe.

Chrome plating

Classic car industry cautiously welcomes proposed shift in historic vehicle status

Reaction to a proposal from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) to shift the cut-off for historic vehicle status to 30 years is revealed in an article by www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk.

The proposed shift will see 30-year old cars become eligible for vehicle exercise duty (VED) exemption. Currently only cars over 40 years old qualify for this status. The article reports mixed opinions on how this will affect the industry.

Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing success continues

The UK motoring industry is in a buoyant mood after news that Jaguar Land Rover is to create a further 1300 jobs at its manufacturing site in Solihull. The company recently announced it was adding a new model to its Jaguar portfolio, which will follow the Jaguar XE into production at new facilities within the world-renowned plant.

Collectively the size of 22 football pitches, the new state-of-the-art facilities bring the Jaguar brand to Solihull for the first time. The investment in the facility is the largest in its 70-year history and testament to the company’s aim of accelerating its industry-leading expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies.

The Jaguar XJS approaches its 40th birthday

At a London press launch in September 1975, Jaguar unveiled its new sports tourer model – the XJS. Later this year, as we approach its 40th birthday, we’ll mark the occasion with a fitting celebration. Watch this space!

For more information on the history of this model, visit our website.

 

 

Classic car shows not to miss in 2015

Planning a year of motoring-based merriments? Look no further than our definitive guide to the best classic car shows in 2015.

Darling Buds Classic Car Show, Darling Buds Farm, Kent – 5 July 2015

Now in its 20th year, this classic show boasts the friendliest atmosphere of all motoring events. An estimated 900 plus pre-1990 classic vehicles are expected in 2015, making it one of Kent’s most popular annual events. This exclusive location was used in the making of television’s much loved series The Darling Buds of May. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Silverstone Classic, 24-26 July 2015

 Silverstone classic

Firmly established as one of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festivals, and now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the mouth-watering line-up for the 2015 Silverstone Classic will feature non-stop racing action all weekend. Concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings provide a great live music experience.

Status Quo will be performing as the Saturday night headliner – sure to get you rocking all over the world. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Goodwood Revival, The Goodwood Estate, Chichester – 11-13 September 2015

Goodwood

This sell-out event is a magical step back in time, celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing, with all the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era. Competitors and spectators alike dress in period fashions, with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era. For more information and to get tickets, click here.

The Footman James, Classic Car Show Event City, Manchester – 19-20 September 2015

This show provides the national and regional classic motoring community with a fitting autumn showcase in one of the very best new indoor exhibition spaces in the UK. Whilst playing host to an incredible array of vehicles, ranging right through the ages, the show also offers a range of exciting activities and rip-roaring live action.

Located in close proximity to the world-class shopping, dining and entertainment facilities of the Trafford Centre, it’s the perfect weekend away for any classic car enthusiast. Click here for more information and to get tickets.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham – 13-15 November 2015

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in the UK. With over 1700 cars from all eras, showcasing a myriad of marques and future classics, bringing together the whole motoring spectrum in this unique annual celebration of motoring.

The show also hosts the single biggest gathering of UK companies and traders in the market, offering every conceivable product and service to the classic car enthusiast. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Arrive in style

Arrive in style to all the classic car shows in a fully restored Jaguar XJS. Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we can help you design the specification for your classic Jaguar XJS car. For more information call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com or ‘like’ us on Facebook.