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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.

Stars and their famous Jaguar cars

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

David Beckham

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.”

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

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

Simon Cowell

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.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen

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.

Feel like a star in your own classic Jaguar car

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.

 

Nominate somebody deserving for a drive, tour and tea with KWE

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.

1989 V12 Coupé in Arctic Blue

To nominate somebody special, simply email chris.knowles@kwecars.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.

 

KWE Cars is proud to support World Land Trust

We are very proud to be supporting World Land Trust. As well as being specialists in classic Jaguar car restoration, we are also keen to protect the environment. Sustainability is very much a cornerstone of our philosophy and the way we approach business.

World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase an acre of land, helping to counter deforestation, protecting the jaguar’s natural habitat in the process.

For more information about the charity, visit www.worldlandtrust.org.