It’s a debate that is likely to go on amongst motoring enthusiasts for the foreseeable future: which are better – classic or modern cars? On the face of it, modern cars seem like the better option; they’re safer, cheaper to run and better for the environment, right? However, for those drivers looking for a sense of excitement and individuality – you can’t beat a quality classic.
The real question is: why choose a classic vehicle over a newer model?
Driving a classic car can be perceived negatively – particularly when it comes to the environment. Environmentalists sometimes view classic cars as being gas guzzling planet destroyers, due to their poor fuel efficiency. In reality, salvaging a classic car is in fact an excellent example of recycling – maximising the use of something rather than just disposing of it.
Keeping an old motor running, rather than just replacing it at the nearest opportunity, is sustainable and limits the amount of waste in our scrapheaps.
Owning a classic car is a sociable activity – more than just a hobby. With regular classic car shows and owners’ club meetings, there is always an opportunity to meet fellow motoring enthusiasts whilst showing off your prized possession.
Being a member of a classic car club isn’t just fun and games, they can also prove beneficial when it comes to obtaining technical information or sourcing service parts. A social network of classic car enthusiasts is sure to benefit your vehicle, and help to optimise its performance.
Owning a modern car can be frustrating, as its value depreciates rapidly within the first 12 months of ownership. Comparatively, a classic car is more likely to retain its value – it may actually increase if restored and maintained to a high standard. Many makes and marques are becoming increasingly rare, leading to a greater asking price.
In an article written by Autocar this month, the Jaguar XJS was second in a list of only five cars highlighted as having great investment potential right now.
You don’t have to worry about paying a hefty sum for cover, as policies tend to cost less for classic cars than for more modern vehicles. This is partly because classic cars tend to be more carefully maintained and driven far fewer miles than other vehicles, resulting in a lower number of claims.
Modern cars have become more and more alike – inside and out, and with only few exceptions have evolved into characterless if competent transport. Some motoring enthusiasts crave the individuality and driver satisfaction that only a classic design can provide. A classic car ensures that you stand out amongst the sea of monotone modern vehicles, receiving those second glances of appreciation.
Why drive a bland modern family vehicle when, for the same price, you can drive an effortlessly stylish classic car? KWE has created an affordable alternative by bringing the price for re-engineered classics down to that of new family saloons. In addition, we have developed the ride and handling of the 1980’s Jaguar XJ to put it in the forefront of executive saloon performance.
Road tax on classic cars is also considerably lower than on modern vehicles, and is limited to £230 per year regardless of engine type or size. Comparatively, with a new V8 Range Rover, for example, you can expect to fork out over £500 per year.
If this post has got you thinking about your next car, make sure you speak to the engineering experts. At KWE Jaguar, we have many years’ experience restoring classic Jaguars and Aston Martins to ‘better than new’ quality. Read our client testimonials, here.
It would appear the recent revival for 1970’s fashion isn’t just limited to the high street. This is good news for classic cars from the era and for us here at KWE. Over the last few months we’ve seen a rush of interest in the Jaguar XJS and have enjoyed an influx of customers coming to us for work on their seemingly-now-fashionable XJS cars. And as a direct result, we’ve taken on two more engineers in the workshop to help cope with the demand.
It’s not just about trends in fashion though – at last the Jaguar XJS is more widely recognised as a great investment opportunity. In an article written by Autocar last week, the Jaguar XJS was second in a list of only five cars highlighted as having great investment potential right now.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
If you are thinking about buying a classic Jaguar XJS, read our buying tips first. It shows you what to look out for and how to minimise restoration costs. Of course once you are a proud owner, we’ll happily help you restore the car to its former glory – take a look at the cars we are working on now.
For more information call KWE Cars on 01635 30030.
Spectre, the latest instalment from the Bond saga, is set for cinema release in November 2015. As with all James Bond films, there is a great deal of excitement centred around which vehicles will be on display. Spectre is unlikely to disappoint, as 007 is set to look as suave as ever as he continues saving the world.
In addition to the exquisite Aston Martin DB10 appearing in the film, Jaguar Land Rover will also be doing its part to help the British spy, supplying a Range Rover Sport SVR, Jaguar C-X75 and Defender Big Foot.
Rumours have speculated that the C-X75, driven by the film’s antagonist (played by Christoph Waltz), and the DB10 will be involved in a high-octane car chase through the streets of Rome.
Here at KWE we may not be experts in international espionage, but we do know a thing or two about restoring classic cars. We provide a bespoke service, reengineering your classic car to the highest standard and to your exacting requirements. While James Bond’s cars are usually four cylinders short of a real engine, the majority of the Jaguar XJSs we work on are V12s.
As well as the Jaguar XJS, we also specialise in the Aston Martin DB7, as the two marques share various structural and engineering similarities. Visit the service page on our website for more information.
We’ve also recently extended our services to include the Jaguar XK8 – 007’s XKR is the ‘souped-up’ brother of this model. With the same high quality workmanship, we can bring these fine cars back to as-new or better-than-new condition. Have a look at this sporty 4-litre V8 Jaguar XK8 we have for sale on our website; it might not have guns or rockets, but just two very careful owners.
Jaguar and Aston Martin are synonymous with 007, but this got us thinking – what’s your favourite James Bond vehicle of all time? Perhaps the classic Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in many James Bond films, the XKR from Die Another Day, or maybe the XJ8 from Casino Royale? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook – we’d love to hear from you.
We thought you’d like to know about this special one-off magazine from Practical Classics. Providing a unique insight into the Jaguar XJS, it includes everything you need to know about buying, restoring and running these classic cars.
It’s the perfect gift for any Jaguar XJS enthusiast and, as it’s available for just £6.99 including postage and packing, we’d recommend you order quickly before they sell out!
Here are a few highlights from the classic car industry from the last few months….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.