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New valet and paint protection services from KWE Cars

Is your Jaguar XJS ready to shine this summer? If not, then why not call on our professional valet and paint protection services and treat your classic car to a thorough spring clean.

Select from three levels of valeting and a leather refurbishment service, prices start from £90.

For a long-lasting shine, we also offer Advanced Nano Coating paint protection. This is a highly developed nano-scale protective film that lasts – with yearly polishing – for up to 15 years. To find out more, visit our website or call 01635 30030 for an appointment.

Advanced Nano Coating paint protection

Here’s one we did earlier – a KWE-restored Jaguar XJS in solid black with paint protection and one happy owner!

 

A brief history of the Jaguar XJS

With the Jaguar XJS celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, we took a look back at this iconic car’s somewhat turbulent history.

In a league of its own

Design plans for the XJS got underway in 1965, with the first production car being sold in 1975. The car was primarily designed by Malcolm Sayer, with input and control from Sir William Lyons. With Jaguar struggling financially at the time, the XJS needed to be a big success.

The highly anticipated XJS was seen by many as a direct replacement to the very popular E-Type. However, when the XJS was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1976, it was clear that the car was intended to be in a league of its own.

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New technical note: classic Jaguar coolant and fuel hoses – pitfalls and solutions

Are Kevlar-reinforced replacement coolant hoses good enough to use in your classic Jaguar XJS? Based on our experience, we’d have to say no. So which hoses are best to use? And what’s important to consider when fitting them?

Find out what KWE recommends for coolant and fuel hoses in our new technical note on the website:

http://www.kwecars.com/coolant-and-fuel-hoses-pitfalls-and-solutions/#.VS97mRPF840

 

KWE Cars expands workforce and premises

As more and more customers recognise the classic Jaguar XJS as a good investment opportunity, we are pleased to report that business is booming here at KWE. To meet growing demand, we’ve expanded our operations on Greenham Business Park and taken on two new recruits.

We’d like to introduce Andy Branning, our new Production Manager, and new Technician, Phil Alexander. These additions bring our total employee count to seven. Here we all are enjoying the spring sunshine yesterday – see photo below.

Meet the team (left to right): Andy Banning, Production Manager, Chris Knowles, Managing Director, Phil Alexander, Technician, Liam Peers, Technician, Dave McBarnett, Senior Technician, Theresa Knowles, Director and Tony Fisher, Technician.

Meet the team (left to right): Andy Banning, Production Manager, Chris Knowles, Managing Director, Phil Alexander, Technician, Liam Peers, Technician, Dave McBarnett, Senior Technician, Theresa Knowles, Director and Tony Fisher, Technician.

We have also acquired an additional plot of land next to the existing premises. The new plot has been designed so that we can park customer cars while restoration work is waiting to be carried out or is in progress – ensuring maximum workshop efficiency.

15 classic Jaguar cars await restoration at our new plot of land on Greenham Business Park

15 classic Jaguar cars await restoration at our new plot of land on Greenham Business Park

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Classic Jaguar XJS enjoys boom in popularity

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.

Original XJS launch poster

Original XJS launch poster

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.

New Practical Classics Guide to the Jaguar XJS

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.

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http://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/partnership/classics-bookazine/propck2/guidetojag

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!

Stars and their famous Jaguar cars

Jaguar has firmly cemented its position as a British style icon, synonymous with exuberance and class. It’s no wonder that the brand is so popular with A-list stars around the world. From royalty to footballers, this blog post looks at a few famous Jaguar owners.

Posh and Becks

David Beckham

Posh and Becks are huge fans of Jaguar, boasting a collection that is said to include an XK, F-Type, E-Type, and an XJ, to name but a few. As British style icons in their own right, the couple have been recruited as brand ambassadors on a number of occasions, supposedly embodying Jaguar’s identity.

The former England Captain was recently unveiled as international face of the brand, appearing in ads for the new Jaguar F-Type in China. Mr Beckham confirmed his love for the British motoring giants, commenting: “I’ve always been an admirer of Jaguar – from the styling and design to the feel and roar of the engine, every element feels uniquely British.”

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Famed for his roles in Indiana Jones and Star Wars, Harrison Ford is reportedly also a big fan of Jaguar. Rather than travelling through space in the Millennium Falcon, you’re more likely to see the actor cruising in his 1955 British racing green XK 140, worth an estimated $150,000.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell recently purchased this exquisite 1965 convertible E-Type for a whopping £650,000. The refurbished model reportedly caught the eye of the X-Factor judge after it was featured on BBC One’s Top Gear. The 160mph Eagle Speedster is one of only three models available, and features a brand new aluminium body.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen

The Royal Family has been a longstanding supporter of the Jaguar brand. The Queen can regularly be seen behind the wheel of her British racing green S-Type or Range Rover. Jaguar has well and truly received a Royal seal of approval.

Feel like a star in your own classic Jaguar car

Other XJS fans include James May, Patrick Stewart, Tom Conti, Eamonn Holmes and Menzies Campbell. You don’t have to be a celebrity to become the owner of a unique Jaguar. Here at KWE we give you the star treatment, restoring your Jaguar car in line with your personal specifications. Our service doesn’t just cater for celebrities; we provide exceptional and affordable solutions to all our customers.

If you’re looking for a new venture to spice up your life and give us a call on 01635 30030 or visit our website for more information.