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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.

Eight tips for running your classic Jaguar XJS in the winter

Winter can be a difficult time for any car owner, as the cold weather and icy conditions puts an extra strain on the vehicle. To help ensure your classic Jaguar runs smoothly during the winter months, we’ve put together a list of our top tips:

1. Fit winter tyres

The XJS is not best suited to snowy winter weather, due to its relative heaviness and rear wheel drive. Fitting winter tyres, however, will dramatically improve your ability to drive in snow and ice. An example is Avon Ice Touring, typically £85 per tyre plus fitting. As an alternative, try reducing the tyre pressure by about 10%, creating a greater surface area to grip on the roads.

2. Avoid salty roads

Easier said than done at this time of year. If you do drive on salty roads, quickly wash off any salt/mud residue in the wheel arches and sill ends as soon as possible. For further advice, read our post on how to keep rust at bay.

3. Check your antifreeze

Regularly check your coolant additive (antifreeze) concentration using an antifreeze tester, which can be purchased from retailers such as Halfords. In the winter, the concentration should be at least 30%, rising to 50% in the north of England and Scotland where it’s colder. It is important to change the coolant every two years for conventional types, or every five years for OAT (red) additives. At KWE, we only use OAT additives on XJS and XJ saloons.

4. Upgrade your headlamps

Upgrading your headlamps will give you greater visibility during the dark winter months. We’d recommend Xenon HID electronic lamps, and can fit a pair for £456. These lamps are powerful enough to punch through dirty headlamp lenses, making sure that road signs and cyclists are well illuminated.

5. Look after the battery

A V12 engine can build up more friction when cold, contributing to the malfunction of many car batteries over the winter months. To counter this, keep the battery on trickle charge, or disconnect it entirely when not in use. We can fit a simple battery switch for just £15. As a precaution, it’s always a good idea to keep a spare battery and jump leads just in case.

6. Washer fluid concentration

In winter you must ensure a 30:70 concentration of antifreeze to water, otherwise the washer jets will freeze solid.

7. Prevent locks from freezing

To do this, try and avoid water from getting into your car’s locks. However, if you do find yourself in this situation, use a hairdryer to carefully and gently melt the frozen locks.

8. Keep your car covered

To stop the winter weather from causing damage to your XJS’s exterior, keep things covered up on those particularly frosty days and nights. A good quality protective cover (like this one) will ensure that the weather does not penetrate your door seals and age your screen seals or convertible hood, while also keeping your windscreen clear of frost and ice.

Speak to the experts

To improve your car’s vision at night and keep rust at bay, we offer a special winter package for the Jaguar XJS, which also includes a winter service. For more details visit our website or call 01635 30030.

Winter weather at KWE

 

 

 

 

Classic car of the month: a fully rebuilt 5.3 V12 Jaguar Coupe

For this month’s ‘car of the month’, we’re rather proud to show you this beautiful 5.3 V12 Jaguar Coupe in the much-favoured part facelift body. It’s been in our workshop undergoing a full rebuild and is now ready to go to its new (and very excited) owner.

5.3 V12 part facelift coupe

Its story began when our client saw a similar looking car on our website and asked us: “Can you build me one like that, but with a V12 engine?” A challenge we relish here at KWE! The result? A top class XJS, which we think you’ll agree really looks the part.

Here’s how we did it:

We sourced a good quality donor car in Solent Blue, stripped it back and resprayed it Meteor Red and fully rebuilt the engine, complete with new cooling system and renewed engine bay. We also fitted stainless steel exhausts with low-loss catalytic converters.

5.3 v12 part facelift interior

The interior was fully retrimmed with new magnolia leather, bird’s eye maple wood and cream carpet. We fitted a top-of-the-range audio system with flip out screen, satnav, Bluetooth and DAB, and high-end speakers.

The full list of work includes:

  • Full stripped exterior respray from Solent Blue to Meteor Red
  • Fully rebuilt 5.3 litre V12 engine and cooling system
  • New KWE suspension, brakes and steering systems
  • Refurbished Jaguar lattice alloy wheels with new tyres
  • New headlining
  • All new magnolia leather seats
  • All new pale beige interior carpets
  • All new wood veneers in bird’s eye maple
  • Full electrical maintenance
  • Stainless steel large bore exhaust system
  • Top of the range Alpine ICE – FM, DAB, CD, iPod and satnav with flip out screen
  • New JL Audio loudspeakers
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cavity wax injection rust protection
  • Underseal renewal
  • Xenon HID electronic headlamp conversion
  • Air conditioning system reconditioned and charged with correct R12-equivalent gas
  • Remote locking and alarm system

We recorded each step of the restoration process with photography, have a look at the full gallery here on our website. There’s also a video of the new audio system and V12 engine for you to enjoy.

Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we can help you design the specification for your classic Jaguar XJS car. For more information on our specialist services, call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com

 

 

 

 

New for the website: gallery of Jaguar XJS and KWE paint colours

When customers opt for a colour-changing, rust-repairing respray, deciding on the new colour for their classic Jaguar car can often be a difficult choice – especially as there are so many beautiful colours to choose from.

To help you, we’ve created a new image gallery on our website where you can see examples of cars in most of the metallic and solid Jaguar XJS and KWE paint colours available.

Artic blue metallic

A respray to our high standard typically costs around £13,000 – less if the car is a convertible and more if the engine bay is included. If you’d like a different colour, then we can paint in any manufacturers’ colours or indeed in any colour of the spectrum, at no extra cost.

For more details on rust repair please visit our website.

Theresa’s top 10 Jaguar XJS cars for sale

If you’ve decided that 2015 is THE year you’ll invest in a classic Jaguar XJS, then look no further! As well as offering our own cars for sale, Theresa has identified ten of the best Jaguar XJS cars currently on offer 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!

  1. 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Solent blue convertible

solent blue convertible

For sale in Farnham, Surrey this very desirable car with cream interior is offered at £11,995. With only two previous owners, it comes with 70,000 miles on the clock and full service history.

  1. 1987 Jaguar XJS 3.6 manual car

Jaguar manual car

For sale in Warwickshire, this silver XJS has a manual gearbox. It has covered 66,400 miles and is on the market for £5,495.

  1. 1987 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 cabriolet

v12 carbiolet

For sale in Melton Mowbray, this stunning metallic red convertible has only clocked up 44,500 miles and is for sale at £5,995.

  1. 1980 Jaguar XJS Sebring red coupe

Sebring red coupe

This attractive pre-HE rubber bumper XJS has only driven 29,983 miles with one owner. It’s offered for sale at bids of £8,995.

  1. 1991 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 in metallic blue

metallic blue v12

Described as an ‘absolute gem’, this car is for sale for £9,750 with 49,000 miles on the clock.

  1. 1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 in Diamond blue

diamond blue xjs

This car comes with full service history, 70,000 miles on the clock and is priced at £13,995.

  1. 1989 Jaguar XJS HE red convertible

HE red convertible

For sale in Bicester, Oxfordshire, this gorgeous-looking convertible with only 45,000 miles on the clock is offered at £10,500.

  1. 1996 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Spruce green Celebration

spruce green celebration

For sale in Yorkshire, this coupe is on the market for £9,999 with 66,000 miles on the clock.

  1. 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 convertible

V12 convertible

For sale in Hitchin, this car has 73,263 miles on the clock. It has an agreed valuation of £7,500 by Lancaster Insurance and is offered for private sale at £6,000.

  1. Last, but definitely not least is this rare 1984 Jaguar Lynx Eventer XJS

Lynx eventer

One of only 67 made, this practical four-seater is up for auction in Silverstone with a guide price of £35,000 to £40,000. It has covered 71,200 miles and has already had some body renovation work.

Of course if you do decide to invest in one of these beauties we’d love to help you modernise it. We can improve its performance, handling and safety, give KWE a call on 01635 30030 for more information.

Exciting new feature for KWE’s website: what’s in our workshop now?

We’ve added a brand new feature to our website this week, allowing you the opportunity to follow the progress of cars currently being resurrected in our workshop.

Simply follow the ‘work in progress’ link from our home page and you’ll be able to share the owners’ enjoyment and anticipation as you view each stage of the cars’ transformation.

Before and after

As each project takes shape, we’ll describe what we are doing and take plenty of images so you can watch as the cars are given a new lease of life.

We hope you enjoy this new ‘window’ into our workshop here at KWE.