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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.


Lister Mark III – body and suspension restoration video

In 2013, we started work to restore the body and suspension of this exceptional XJS car. The list of work we carried out was extensive, including a complete body strip, substantial rust repairs and protection, bare-metal respray, all-new suspension, brakes and steering, engine overhaul, custom exhaust, brand new interior and much more.

The results? See for yourself in this walk-around video and listen to that fabulous 7-litre V12 engine!

The owner recently sold the car at auction through Bonhams in Oxford for an impressive £72,620 – a true reflection of the quality of work and the car itself of course!

Theresa’s top ten Jag XJS on the web

New for our blog this month, Theresa has carefully chosen ten of the best Jag XJS cars currently for sale from a number of different websites. She’s selected the cars based on their potential to provide good value – whether for every day driving or as investment opportunities.

As we haven’t viewed the cars in person (except for the two that have passed through our workshop), we’d recommend a full professional assessment to check for rust problems etc. before parting with any money. Don’t forget to look at Jaguar XJS for sale from KWE too.

  1. A very late, full facelift 4.0 with 72,000 miles in Regency red. This car is for sale in Leicestershire for £7,300, it has an MOT to July 2015 and comes with six months’ road tax.

Car One

  1. 5.3 pre HE with 70,000 miles in Cotswold yellow. One of the first XJS’s produced with full rubber bumpers and black vinyl console, this 5.3 pre HE is one to keep. The vendor’s price of £11,995 is ambitious, but very few cars of this era are being advertised, so they are quite rare. The car is taxed and MOT’d until March 2015.


  1. 1985 5.3 HE V12 Cabriolet with 66,985 miles in metallic light blue. We fitted a new exhaust to this car in 1996 and also renewed the suspension and braking parts. We also carried out a ‘Straight six perishables and major engine service’ at the time. Since 2006, the car has covered just over 1,000 miles. This is the car that the classic car experts are saying is the one to be buying right now!


  1. 1988 3.6 Auto coupe with 87,000 miles in Solent blue. Reasonably priced at £4,500, this car is for sale in the West Midlands.


  1. 1988 3.6 with 37,000 miles in Westminster blue. This model has a 5-speed manual gearbox and comes with an MOT until September 2015. It’s for sale in London for £5,795.

Car Five

  1. 1992 4.0 convertible with 72,000 miles in red. This car is for sale in Nottinghamshire for £9,995 – a reasonable price for a part-facelift convertible.

Car Six

  1. 1989 5.3 auto coupe with 53,000 miles in Arctic blue. You’ll get a lot of car for your money here; it’s for sale for only £4,995.


  1. 1989 convertible V12 with 76,000 miles in white. You could have lots of fun with this beautiful car. It has a sought after blue hood and grey leather interior. The mileage is reasonable for the age and it has an MOT to April 2015. At just £7,500 this car will be snapped up quickly!

Car eight

  1. 1993 6.0 coupe with 55,000 miles in stunning Kingfisher We’ve cossetted this car with our ‘Straight six perishables and major engine service’, a radiator re-core, cavity wax and underseal as well as new tyres. We think it’s well worth the £10,000 asking price.

Car Nine

10. 1995 4.0 coupe with 85,000 miles in red. Last but not least this late coupe is available from Aberdare, in South Wales for £6,500.


If any of these cars tempt you into making a purchase, we’d love to carry out any upgrades and improvements you require. For a detailed look at the options that go beyond our basic restoration services, visit our website.

Alternatively check out Jaguar XJS for sale from KWE

KWE’s classic car news round up

A few news highlights from the classic car industry over the last couple of months…

XJS makes experts’ list of ‘six young classics worth investing in’

Jaguar XJS | Classic Driver

Jaguar XJS (Picture: Classic Driver)

According to Classic Driver, six market experts have identified the Jaguar XJS as one of the best classic cars to invest in.

A grand total of 115,330 Jaguar XJS cars were built over a 21-year span from 1975 to 1996, of which 80 per cent went overseas. Even though it has now been out of production for 18 years, all parts are still available to service the car.

The experts suggest that cars worth looking out for include those with a limited production run, the V12s built between 1975 and 1979, and the 3.6 manual cabriolet.

Jaguar reveals new lightweight E-Type

The first of Jaguar’s new, hand-built lightweight E-Types was unveiled earlier this month. The production, announced in May this year, will be limited to only six models. The cars have been designed to complement the 12 original E-Types that were produced in 1962, bringing the total number of genuine lightweights to 18, the number originally intended.

The new E-Types will be hand built at Jaguar’s new Heritage customer workshop facility, located on the former Browns Lane factory. All the recreation models will feature the famous aluminium body panels that made the lightweight vehicle so unique at the time.

Each of the new E-Types will be powered by a recreation model of the original XK-based straight-six engine, with an aluminium block, a ‘wide angle’ aluminium cylinder head, and a dry slump lubrications system.

Prices for the new E-Types have not yet been released by Jaguar; however, it is expected that the models will cost well over £1 million, with the first car expected to be released at the beginning of next year.

Jaguar buys Britain’s largest classic car collection – including multiple XJ and XJSs

Dr James Hull's Jaguar Fleet

Dr James Hull’s Jaguar Fleet

A dentist who amassed Britain’s largest classic car collection has sold the entire £100 million fleet to Jaguar Land Rover. Dr James Hull, 53, spent tens of millions of pounds filling a number of warehouses in Hertfordshire with his impressive 543 classic cars from the past 80 years.

The company’s interest in the collection stemmed from the fact that it contained 130 Jaguar or Swallow Sidecar vehicles. Models include early Swallow Sidecars and Swallow coach built Austin Sevens, plus a range of pre-war SS models, seven XK 120s, C- and D-Types, an XKSS, eight E-Types, 30 classic Jaguar ‘Mark’ model saloons, plus 19 XJS models and over 20 XJ saloons.

Although Jaguar Land Rover is not thought to have paid the £100 million the collection was valued at, the deal was welcomed by Dr Hull who described the new owners as “the perfect custodian”. The Jaguars will now be housed in a purpose-built factory in Coventry.

Ferrari 250GTP fetches a cool £22 million

A Ferrari 250GTO Berlinetta has become the most expensive car ever to be purchased at auction, fetching a staggering £22,843,633 at Bonham’s Quail Lodge, California on 14 August.

As predicted, the ex-Fabrizio Violati 1962 model knocked the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix racer sold by Bonhams at Goodwood in 2013 off the top spot; some pundits, however, expected the vehicle to collect a higher price.

The sports prototype received a huge cheer from the audience as it took centre stage. The sale took less than 15 minutes as Robert Brooks conducted the bidding battle between an American buyer and overseas rival.

At the same auction a Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia also fetched an impressive sum, selling for $8.8 million. A grand total of £39,522,440 changed hands during the sale of the Maranello Rosso Collection.

Classic car of the month: Jaguar XJS 4 litre Coupé XJS, 45,000 miles

We now feature a car of the month – what do you think of our first specimen?

Built in 1992 and sporting the facelift body, this Flamenco red XJS retains its elegance through sleek chrome, rubber bumpers and doeskin leather – a combination many Jaguar XJS enthusiasts crave. The engine still runs like new with 45,000 miles on the clock, the bodywork is in excellent condition, and the suspension is standard – although it could be much improved with our upgrade process.


An out of this world driving experience fit for a Jedi knight

Star Wars fans were in for a treat after a photograph of the Millennium Falcon and X-wing fighter was taken from above the set of Star Wars Episode VII and published on Twitter last week. The picture, showing the two spacecraft at Greenham Common in Berkshire, was taken from a flight-school plane taking publicity shots in the local area.

Photo: Matthew Myatt spotted the Millennium Falcon and X-wing on the ground while on a publicity shoot for his flying school in Berkshire.

Photo: Matthew Myatt spotted the Millennium Falcon and X-wing on the ground at the set of Star Wars Episode VII while on a publicity shoot for his flying school in Berkshire. Star Wars Greenham.


Eight essential tips for a solid classic car restoration

KWE Jaguar classic car restoration

Many of us dream of owning a classic car, but we don’t always consider the potential difficulties associated with restoring it back to its former glory. Without careful planning or specialist expertise, your restoration dream could turn into more of a nightmare, so we’ve compiled a list of ‘must dos’ for ensuring that your restoration project doesn’t get stuck in its tracks. (more…)