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American Jaguar XJS buyers choose British restorations 🇺🇸

Imagine yourself cruising down the PCH in a gleaming Jaguar XJS, you’ve got the top down, Ray Bans on, and Santana’s playing on the radio while you’re taking in the stunning views at every turn… sounds good, right?

Well, why not get the world’s largest and most experienced Jaguar XJS restorations specialist make that dream a reality.

American Jaguar XJS Restorations

The Jaguar XJ-S is one of the most stylish sports touring cars in the world. It is entirely happy to be driven daily, whilst in great comfort and class. Owning an XJ-S marks you out as an individualist with impeccable taste. The feeling of grandeur you get while sitting in the cockpit wrapped in fine leather, wood and wool. Driving one makes you feel like you’re the king of the road, especially with KWE’s perfected steering, brakes and suspension set-up, ensuring you stay flat and low on the tarmac, while taking the sharpest of corners effortlessly. The all-aluminium V12 is the smoothest around – and one of the most reliable when properly restored and maintained.

“The suspension changes and power enhancement package have completely transformed this car. The difference between the standard set up and your upgrade is quite simply astonishing.”

 – Dr C.S., Swindon, XJS Upgrade

USA American Jaguar XJS Restorations

Photo Credit: Robert Carley

Jaguar XJS Restorations

The XJS is a great British classic that really stands out above the rest, that is why we at KWE are so dedicated and passionate about restoring these marvellous machines, transforming them into reliable, safe and excellent performing classic masterpieces.

“They’ve made it the car it should’ve been!”

 – James May, BBC Top Gear

Maybe this is why we have seen our international clientele grow in recent years, especially from the U.S. This could also be down to the ever-growing investment value of a restored British classic like the XJS. We applaud our American clients that share our enthusiasm in making the XJS ‘the car it should’ve been’!

BringaTrailer.com have written a great article on the XJ-S, check it out here >> Why we love them: Jaguar XJ-S

Why send my XJS to KWE Cars to be restored?

We have restored over 350 XJSs covering all models, and gained over 15 years specialist experience, specifically on the XJS. KWE prides itself on being the largest and most experienced XJS specialist in world, bringing them up to ‘better than new’ standards. We have access to a wealth of Jaguar knowledge and genuine new and restored parts. All KWE cars have fully restored and uprated aircon systems. KWE offers a range of modernisations – better lighting, remote door unlock and boot release, one-touch window drop, daylight running lights, parking sensors, modern Bluetooth audio and bespoke solutions to suit your specific requirements.

How long does the restoration process take?

Typical turn-round time is 20 weeks, depending on level of restoration.

How do I transport my XJS to KWE in the UK?

We make the transport of US-registered cars to the UK easy with a door to door service via our trusted and vetted transportation partner CARS Europe.

Can KWE supply me with a LHD XJS base car?

We can offer a purchasing service in the US if customers do not already own one. There are no regulatory issues where the car is bought in the US, restored in the UK and returned. There are some great examples available on the US market, and at great prices compared to the UK and Europe at this time.

What about servicing and maintaining my KWE restored XJS in the states?

KWE will be offering support via appointed US service shops. There is also a good range of Jaguar parts suppliers in the US. But right now there are good specialist Jaguar shops around – and the car’s design is fairly simple, not requiring special equipment for maintenance (unlike modern cars)!

Can KWE add more power to my XJS?

KWE offer a range of performance enhancements for the V12 engines including sports stainless steel exhaust systems, digital engine management, free-flow inlet systems etc

When can KWE start my restoration?

If you already own an XJS you can order a restoration by us right now! Contact us today to start your XJS journey.

We are currently building a bespoke bodied XJS coupe for a client in Illinois –  Take a look at the restoration gallery to get an idea of the work we put in to these superb classics. 

Bespoke-bodied XJS coupe Restoration Gallery

 

Our California-based correspondent and friend Rhett Redelings elegantly explains what makes the XJS so special, and why he would choose the XJS over other classic cars available. Click the links below to find out what he has to say about these magnificent classics:

Guest blog post vol. 1: What makes the Jaguar XJ-S special?

 

Guest blog vol.2: Why choose the Jaguar XJ-S over other classic cars?

 

KWE are exhibiting at the NEC Classic Motor Show

It’s been a while since our last exhibition, so we are thrilled to announce that KWE will exhibiting at the NEC Classic Motor Show on the 10th – 12th November.

We will be showcasing our fully restored XJS V12 Convertible, which underwent a complete restoration.

We look forward to seeing you there, come and visit us at our stand (2-455), we will be located in hall 2 stand 455 near the Silverstone auction.

If you haven’t already, book your tickets on the NEC website: http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/

Download a printable floorpan map of the NEC to help you find us better

KWE Jaguar restoration at the NEC classic motor show

KWE has been restoring Jaguars for 15 years!

Knowles-Wilkins Engineering (KWE) Ltd has reached its 15th Anniversary. From being very much new kids on the block back on 2002, we have become well known at home and abroad for our Jaguar XJS restoration and modernisation work. Owners Chris and Theresa Knowles started the company from their home and, perhaps surprisingly, took three major orders in the first two months, appeared on Top Gear twice and turned over around £100,000 before moving the business (and home) to Newbury, Berkshire in 2004. Since then we have restored over 300 cars, most with our admired full suspension/brakes/steering upgrade package.

We currently employ 10 staff and occupy three very busy premises on Greenham Business Park, and are currently recruiting. We would like to thank all of our past and present customers for their continued support and love for the Jaguar.

We have expanded our works to include XK, all XJ saloons, E Types and Aston Martin DB7s. We are continuing to develop, improve and revitalise these astounding classic and future classic cars.

KWE are now offering servicing for Jaguar X300, X308, X-Type, S-Type, XK8/R.

Happy owners! Chris & Theresa Knowles on KWE’s 15th Anniversary.

KWE is expanding: Servicing for new and classic Jaguar models

Exciting things are happening at KWE Cars, and we want to share some important news with you.

KWE Cars is expanding

Loyalty from customers has fuelled continued growth, making a move to a new facility necessary.

We are pleased to inform you that our workshop is expanding into larger premises, located on Greenham Business Park, just a stones throw away from our current office/workshop. The building is 5000 sq ft and will become our main restoration workshop.

KWE have recently employed more technicians with specialist skillsets, which now means we have more restorations in progress at any one time, so having the extra floor space for manoeuvring and assembling these classic vehicles is an absolute must.

We have also acquired a third building on the estate which is currently being used for dry storage, mainly housing customer vehicles, soon to become KWE’s in-house paint and body shop.

Our existing workshop where our main office will remain is to be turned into our servicing and general repairs workshop, once the facilities are set up we will begin offering our services to customers with new (more than 3 years old) as well as classic models of Jaguar, Daimler and Aston Martin. We expect this side of the business to be up and running by the end of August 2017.

We look forward to continue servicing new and existing customer vehicles in a dedicated fashion.

Our address and telephone numbers remain unchanged. If you would like to be notified of the official launch and receive more details on KWE’s service offerings, please sign up to our newsletter below.

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KWE Launch a short video promoting the XJS

In December 2011, KWE commissioned MWS Media to produce and direct a professional film to promote the Jaguar XJS and our work with it. The brief was to create a slick, high quality short film, usable in a TV promotion campaign. A professional actor was employed, and the shoot took place in an aircraft hangar in Hampshire.

The car featured is the 5.3 V12 coupé which James May was filmed with on BBC Top Gear in 2004.

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Article on the XJS in the Daily Telegraph

A warm article by Jasper Gerard on the Jaguar XJS appeared in the Daily Telegraph, November 2010

For any self-respecting playboy in the late Seventies there were three essential accessories: a waterbed, a Bunny Girl and a Jaguar XJS.

Gambit in The New Avengers swanked around in a Jaguar XJS, as did Simon Templar in The Return of The Saint.

When my parents divorced I was sent to boarding school, where the one concession to pleasure was allowing us boys to watch The Saint on Sunday evening following our long return to that joyless establishment.

How I envied the Saint his freedom: the series was based on Leslie Charteris’s thrillers, whose covers carried such heroic slogans as “Simon Templar vs Europe’s Most Ruthless Man!” Most of all I envied the Saint his car and … Click here to read the article.

 

Jaguar XJS Top Gear : BBC’s James May featured our XJS

Jaguar XJS Top Gear: Clarkson and May JC-JM1Jaguar XJS Top Gear: BBC Top Gear featured our XJS on Sunday 13th June, and again on “Best of Top Gear” on 8th August!

Top Gear presenter and noted motoring journalist James May explained how KWE rebuild the XJS and improve its handling and performance. The Jaguar XJS is a popular car with the Top Gear team who recognise both its visual appeal and performance as one of the great sports tourers.

The car featured is an Arctic blue 5.3 litre V12 first manufactured by Jaguar in 1989 which has covered only 47000 miles since new. The car is still in the process of being re-engineered by KWE and will serve as the company’s K-S demonstrator.

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