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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In winter you must ensure a 30:70 concentration of antifreeze to water, otherwise the washer jets will freeze solid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
For sale in Melton Mowbray, this stunning metallic red convertible has only clocked up 44,500 miles and is for sale at £5,995.
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.
Described as an ‘absolute gem’, this car is for sale for £9,750 with 49,000 miles on the clock.
This car comes with full service history, 70,000 miles on the clock and is priced at £13,995.
For sale in Bicester, Oxfordshire, this gorgeous-looking convertible with only 45,000 miles on the clock is offered at £10,500.
For sale in Yorkshire, this coupe is on the market for £9,999 with 66,000 miles on the clock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaguar has firmly cemented its position as a British style icon, synonymous with exuberance and class. It’s no wonder that the brand is so popular with A-list stars around the world. From royalty to footballers, this blog post looks at a few famous Jaguar owners.
Posh and Becks are huge fans of Jaguar, boasting a collection that is said to include an XK, F-Type, E-Type, and an XJ, to name but a few. As British style icons in their own right, the couple have been recruited as brand ambassadors on a number of occasions, supposedly embodying Jaguar’s identity.
The former England Captain was recently unveiled as international face of the brand, appearing in ads for the new Jaguar F-Type in China. Mr Beckham confirmed his love for the British motoring giants, commenting: “I’ve always been an admirer of Jaguar – from the styling and design to the feel and roar of the engine, every element feels uniquely British.”
Famed for his roles in Indiana Jones and Star Wars, Harrison Ford is reportedly also a big fan of Jaguar. Rather than travelling through space in the Millennium Falcon, you’re more likely to see the actor cruising in his 1955 British racing green XK 140, worth an estimated $150,000.
Simon Cowell recently purchased this exquisite 1965 convertible E-Type for a whopping £650,000. The refurbished model reportedly caught the eye of the X-Factor judge after it was featured on BBC One’s Top Gear. The 160mph Eagle Speedster is one of only three models available, and features a brand new aluminium body.
The Royal Family has been a longstanding supporter of the Jaguar brand. The Queen can regularly be seen behind the wheel of her British racing green S-Type or Range Rover. Jaguar has well and truly received a Royal seal of approval.
Other XJS fans include James May, Patrick Stewart, Tom Conti, Eamonn Holmes and Menzies Campbell. You don’t have to be a celebrity to become the owner of a unique Jaguar. Here at KWE we give you the star treatment, restoring your Jaguar car in line with your personal specifications. Our service doesn’t just cater for celebrities; we provide exceptional and affordable solutions to all our customers.
If you’re looking for a new venture to spice up your life and give us a call on 01635 30030 or visit our website for more information.
As it’s the season of goodwill, we’ve been thinking about how we could brighten up somebody’s Christmas this year and have hatched a plan!
Do you know someone (young or old) who, through various circumstances, has had a particularly rough ride this year? Perhaps it’s someone with a disability, or an illness, or someone who has supported you through bad times. Is this person also a big fan of classic Jaguar cars? If so, then we’d like to treat them to an afternoon here at KWE Cars.
We’ll take them out for a half-hour drive in either the Top Gear XJS or in a four-seater Series 3 saloon – or both. Then we’ll take them for a tour of the workshop and finish off with afternoon tea.
To nominate somebody special, simply email email@example.com with their name and a brief description of their circumstances. All nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 19th December. We’ll select a winner on Monday 22nd December – allowing you to give them this treat for Christmas.
We look forward to receiving your nomination.
Please note that children will need to be accompanied by an adult. The winner will need to contact KWE to arrange a mutually convenient date to receive the prize.