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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.

 

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