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KWE’s Car of the Year 2015: Saloon from Scandinavia gets the full works

Last year, we worked on many amazing classic Jaguar cars, which makes it difficult to choose our favourites. However, we hold a particular soft spot for this project, and are extremely proud of the finished result – and its owner is delighted, too!

It’s not everyday that we receive a car from Norway, but it goes to show how much some Jaguar enthusiasts are willing to go to get a decent restoration. Our car of the year, an X305 with 6-litre V12 engine, was shipped from Norway with an extremely comprehensive restoration brief – we like a challenge!

As part of a full-scale restoration project, we conducted an expert evaluation for internal and external re-engineering perfection.

X300 Saloon stripped inside and out

Classic car restoration: X300 Saloon stripped inside and out

We fully stripped the vehicle, top to bottom, inside and out. Our expert engineers rebuilt the V12 6-litre engine, as well as suspension, braking and steering systems to ensure maximised driving pleasure.


We didn’t stop there, as all new leather interior was fitted, with Alcantara headlining and sun visors, complete with an audio system upgrade boasting seven loudspeakers and subwoofer in the boot. All interior and exterior lamps have been converted to LED types, with HID quad headlamps.

The car also had significant rust problems, which were addressed appropriately. The result has to be one of the most luxurious and powerful saloons on the road. The extraordinarily smooth and powerful V12 makes most modern cars feel inadequate.

The finished result!

The finished result!

The interior is now a soft and welcoming abode, with the seductive aroma of fresh leather. A true masterpiece both of Jaguar’s design and our restoration techniques.


To discover the full extent of our work, have a look at our project build gallery: http://buildgallery.kwecars.com/KWE-Jaguars/DK54657-X305/

And for more information about how we can restore your classic Jaguar back to its former glory, please contact info@KWECars.com.

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  1. February 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    well the saloon looks very nice i keep looking at you mail and its like drip feed , great marketing , so i w ill be in the uk next month , i have some intersting cars in the lock up, but! and this is the thing, not single jaguar ,all my cars are all modern although the oldest is 10 years now, but i would like to talk about an xjs convertable latest as possible, and see what can be done to bring one up to modern spec, ie modern gearbox 6 or 7 speed proper stability control systems engine wise v 12 but thats a bit old in the tooth now ,there must be modern v 12 engines out there they maybe even start off as the old unit and re developed for the new car market, i will try to look at new cars that maybe use the v 12 in currect form,may be

    the aston v 12 engine maybe if thats the case that wouldn be perfect i will visit you guys but will contact first,

  2. Chris Knowles-
    February 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Delighted to make you a modern V12 XJS. A modern 6 or seven speed auto box would certainly transform it. The development costs would be significant though… You are right to focus on a V12 engine, and perhaps a recent design would be more efficient. Maybe a 7 litre might appeal….

  3. February 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Great-looking restauration! You call this the X305, but isn’t the X305 the Daimler Double Six ‘Century’?

  4. Chris Knowles-
    February 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, X305 is the in-house code for the body & engine. The badging of Jaguar or Daimler made no difference AFAIK to the car code. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XJ_%28X300%29

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