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Jaguar XJS: the ‘great grand tourer’

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Continuing our series of guest blog posts, we asked loyal customer Tony Bray to tell us why he chose his XJS, and how KWE helped to make it ‘the best car it could be.’ (more…)

KWE’s quick guide to classic car insurance

Many of our Jaguar XJS customers seek our advice on classic car insurance, and no wonder – it’s a rather different requirement from normal car insurance.

It’s important you consult a reputable broker who specialises in classic car insurance, in order to get the best possible cover for your classic car. We would recommend researching the following insurance companies, but there are, of course, other reputable brokers available:

We would highly recommend going for ‘Replacement Value’ insurance cover, in case of unexpected damage, such as a collision or accident as you drive your freshly-restored classic away from KWE! This helps to overcome issues relating to the ‘book’ value that insurers sometimes offer, which might be a tenth of what you’ve just spent.

The above insurers provide specialist advice, and really know their stuff when it comes to classic cars. While they might offer only a limited mileage policy (typically 6,000 miles per year), they should be fine with insuring the car for a more accurate replacement value. KWE can confirm the value of the works done for Insurers. In the end it is about establishing what it would cost to replace the car with one in similar condition. We take the view that substantial improvements such as an engine rebuild or bare-metal respray, or full suspension renewal would count at their cost value on top of the car’s intrinsic but non-restored market value. Items such as servicing, repairs and rust protection would not add to the replacement value.

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Classic car insurance can be tricky; make sure you speak to a reputable broker

So do inform the broker about the following if applicable:

  • Suspension renewal
  • Engine renewal
  • New interior
  • Add-ons such as stainless steel exhaust systems, HID headlamps, parking sensors, audio system upgrades
  • New wheels
  • Digital Engine Management
  • Power enhancement kits
  • It’s also important to enquire about re-spray value, which will need to be negotiated with the insurer.

The sort of things that would be excluded from your policy are as follows:

  • Maintenance and servicing
  • Rust repairs (on the basis that a replacement car should not have rust)
  • Cleaning and valeting

Classic car engineering experts

If you would like more advice on classic cars, or have a project you’d like us to get to work on, please get in touch. Call us on 01635 30030, ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

KWE celebrates 40 years of the Jaguar XJS

A big thank you to everyone who visited our workshop this weekend for our open day, celebrating 40 years (in 2015) of the Jaguar XJS. The event was a great success, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We were delighted to welcome customers old and new to our showroom to join in the birthday celebrations, many bringing along their prized XJS cars.

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KWE’s classic car news round up (July-August)

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

70% of classic cars are underinsured (Classic Cars For Sale)

Classic insurers say owners have unwittingly kept their cars’ agreed values at the same levels for years, despite recent price surges, particularly for 1970s and ’80s models.

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New technical note: Tyre types and sizes for the Jaguar XJS and XJ saloon

We often get asked which modern tyres are best for the Jaguar XJS and XJ saloon, so we’ve written a new technical note on the subject for our website.

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Many XJS owners try very hard to source the tyres originally specified by Jaguar in the handbook, however, in our experience, we find that fitting a modern equivalent can greatly improve the handling. No need to pay over the odds for big name brands either! Find out more about our recommendations here:

http://www.kwecars.com/tyre-types-and-sizes-for-the-xjs-and-xj-saloons/#.VPmVWWSsWgM

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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.

 

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.