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Christmas gift ideas for classic car enthusiasts

As this year’s festivities begin to roll out once more, it’s time to get that Christmas shopping done and dusted. If you’ve got a motor enthusiast in your family passionate about classic Jaguar cars, then look no further. Here’s our pick of gift ideas to get your Christmas shopping on the right track.

1. Driving gloves

Driving gloves

Price: £42-£110. Available from: Dents.co.uk

For him or for her, treat a loved one to a luxurious pair of driving gloves from Dents. Perfect for those frosty winter mornings, driving gloves ensure total control behind the wheel, whilst making sure you are still the epitome of style in your prized possession.

2. Jaguar Scrapbook by Philip Porter

Jaguar scapbook

Price: £34.95 by SNG Barratt

This beautifully designed book charts the history of Jaguar since its inception in 1922 and contains plenty of previously unseen material to warrant the attention of diehard Jaguar enthusiasts.

3. Retro mug

Retro mug

Price £11.25 from SNG Barratt

Show off your love for Jaguar each time you make a brew with this stylish bone china mug from SNG Barratt. It celebrates the history of Jaguar cars in true retro style – perfect for your tea on Christmas morning!

4. Jaguar key ring

Jaguar key ring

£15 from SNG Barratt

Who wouldn’t want this key ring to go with their beautiful car? The perfect accessory for any Jaguar car owner, this circular key ring will have their heart jumping for joy.

5. Personalised number plate

Personalised number plate

Price: Varies. Available from: DVLA

Make a loved one’s prized possession even more individual – buy a personalised number plate for their car. Not only is this a unique, one of a kind gift, it also looks great when you’re out on the roads. Cost is dependent on which letter-number combination you choose.

6. A trip to Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Beaulieu

Price: £49.50 (family ticket). Available from: Beaulieu.co.uk

Beaulieu is the perfect destination for any true classic car enthusiast. With the world famous National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of classic and modern cars, Palace House, and historic Beaulieu Abbey, Beaulieu is a guaranteed great day out for the whole family.

7. A driving experience day

Track day

Price: Varies. Available from: Various experience day sites.

Fancy yourself as a budding racing driver, or know someone who does? Why not put their driving skills to the test with a track day experience? From super cars to classic motors, you are sure to find something to excite any motoring enthusiast. Track days vary in price depending on which cars are available, and for how long you choose to drive.

8. Restore a classic XJS

Jeremy

The ultimate gift! Our elves will be only too happy to assist your loved one with the restoration of a classic Jaguar car. Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we’ll help design it to your personal specification. For more information about our services call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com

Merry Christmas from all at KWE Cars

KWE’s classic car news round up (Oct-Nov)

Here are a few news highlights from the classic car industry from the last couple of months…

Classics as investments: still a safe bet? (Car and Classic Magazine)

Today’s classic car market is attracting increasing numbers of investors and speculators. The last few years have certainly seen major increases in classic car values, with vehicles selling for the kind of money that would have seemed unthinkable even just a decade ago.

Ultra-low bank rates are encouraging enthusiasts and investors alike to spend their own money on cars, giving them an enjoyable asset that may continue to rise in value, rather than them simply relying on 1-2% from their bank.

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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.

Car2

  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!

Car3

  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.

Car4

  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.

Car7

  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.

Car10

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

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.

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