XJS & XJ from KWE Cars
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Six reasons to use KWE Cars for your classic Jaguar restoration

Here at KWE we think that the Jaguar XJ and XJS models are two of the most beautiful luxury and accomplished sports cars ever made. If you are the lucky owner – or would like to be the lucky owner – of one of these stunning cars, then you’ll probably agree with this sentiment. By choosing to purchase and restore one of these models, you are not only bringing new life into a classic car, you are reducing the cumulative environmental impact the production of yet another new car would bring.

Deciding which company to trust to restore your car properly can often be a difficult one. We’ve come up with six very good reasons why KWE should be at the top of your list:

1. We can restore your car to ‘better than new’ quality

As specialist engineers with years of experience and a passion for classic Jaguar cars, we can re-engineer and modernise your car – in line with your specifications – in all the performance, safety and visual areas to ‘as-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ standard. How can we make it ‘better-than-new’, you ask? Well, we now have access to better modern materials, and we also have the benefit of 30 years hindsight into the limitations of the 1970’s design. We don’t upgrade just for the sake of it, but only where genuine improvements in driver satisfaction are achieved. This is mostly about improving the steering precision, handling stability and controls’ response – and, of course, appearance.

Find out how we turned Jeremy (a tired-looking black convertible Jaguar XJS) into a vision of style and elegance, with the performance and handling to match.

Jaguar XJS Jeremy

 

2. We listen and offer sound advice

Our ability to understand problems, develop and improve cars comes from processes we’ve evolved over many years. We use this experience to help you design the specification of your ‘new’ car. We listen and, if necessary, tailor our services to meet your exacting needs. We offer sound advice throughout the restoration process, helping you make informed decisions along the way.

3. We have an excellent reputation and client testimonials

We’ve earned an enviable reputation for the quality of our work, and customers come to us from all over the country, and abroad, to enlist our restoration services. We recently undertook a customer satisfaction survey and the result was four times the national average, find out more on our website.

4. We offer a ‘turnkey’ solution

For customers who don’t want to get too bogged down in technical detail, we can provide a complete ‘turnkey’ solution. We’ll ask for the rough specification (colour, body style, engine size etc.) and then we do the rest. However, many of our customers thoroughly enjoy this part of the process and we welcome their involvement and input.

5. We keep you up to date with progress

We understand your new classic Jaguar car will be your pride and joy when it’s finished, so while it’s with us you are welcome to review progress at any time. We also have a ‘window into our workshop’ feature on our website that allows you to track the progress online. Once complete, you’ll receive full documentation complete with images supplied on a CD.

Jaguar XJS Jeremy 2

 

6. Our work comes with a guarantee

We guarantee our workmanship for at least six months, and, in practice, will informally deal with any issues over a much longer period than that. Classic cars by their very nature have, shall we say, some quite mature parts and bodywork so it’s not feasible to guarantee everything, but we have complete confidence in our work and our long-term customer satisfaction supports this.

If these reasons aren’t enough to convince you, let the showcase and gallery sections on our website be the deciding factor, or call us on +44 1635 30030 for a free information pack.

Classic car shows not to miss in 2015

Planning a year of motoring-based merriments? Look no further than our definitive guide to the best classic car shows in 2015.

Darling Buds Classic Car Show, Darling Buds Farm, Kent – 5 July 2015

Now in its 20th year, this classic show boasts the friendliest atmosphere of all motoring events. An estimated 900 plus pre-1990 classic vehicles are expected in 2015, making it one of Kent’s most popular annual events. This exclusive location was used in the making of television’s much loved series The Darling Buds of May. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Silverstone Classic, 24-26 July 2015

 Silverstone classic

Firmly established as one of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festivals, and now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the mouth-watering line-up for the 2015 Silverstone Classic will feature non-stop racing action all weekend. Concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings provide a great live music experience.

Status Quo will be performing as the Saturday night headliner – sure to get you rocking all over the world. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Goodwood Revival, The Goodwood Estate, Chichester – 11-13 September 2015

Goodwood

This sell-out event is a magical step back in time, celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing, with all the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era. Competitors and spectators alike dress in period fashions, with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era. For more information and to get tickets, click here.

The Footman James, Classic Car Show Event City, Manchester – 19-20 September 2015

This show provides the national and regional classic motoring community with a fitting autumn showcase in one of the very best new indoor exhibition spaces in the UK. Whilst playing host to an incredible array of vehicles, ranging right through the ages, the show also offers a range of exciting activities and rip-roaring live action.

Located in close proximity to the world-class shopping, dining and entertainment facilities of the Trafford Centre, it’s the perfect weekend away for any classic car enthusiast. Click here for more information and to get tickets.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham – 13-15 November 2015

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in the UK. With over 1700 cars from all eras, showcasing a myriad of marques and future classics, bringing together the whole motoring spectrum in this unique annual celebration of motoring.

The show also hosts the single biggest gathering of UK companies and traders in the market, offering every conceivable product and service to the classic car enthusiast. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Arrive in style

Arrive in style to all the classic car shows in a fully restored Jaguar XJS. Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we can help you design the specification for your classic Jaguar XJS car. For more information call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Theresa’s top 10 Jaguar XJS cars for sale

If you’ve decided that 2015 is THE year you’ll invest in a classic Jaguar XJS, then look no further! As well as offering our own cars for sale, Theresa has identified ten of the best Jaguar XJS cars currently on offer from a number of different websites.

We haven’t viewed any of these cars in person, so we’d recommend a full professional assessment to check the bodywork, powertrain and other mechanics before parting with any cash!

  1. 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Solent blue convertible

solent blue convertible

For sale in Farnham, Surrey this very desirable car with cream interior is offered at £11,995. With only two previous owners, it comes with 70,000 miles on the clock and full service history.

  1. 1987 Jaguar XJS 3.6 manual car

Jaguar manual car

For sale in Warwickshire, this silver XJS has a manual gearbox. It has covered 66,400 miles and is on the market for £5,495.

  1. 1987 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 cabriolet

v12 carbiolet

For sale in Melton Mowbray, this stunning metallic red convertible has only clocked up 44,500 miles and is for sale at £5,995.

  1. 1980 Jaguar XJS Sebring red coupe

Sebring red coupe

This attractive pre-HE rubber bumper XJS has only driven 29,983 miles with one owner. It’s offered for sale at bids of £8,995.

  1. 1991 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 in metallic blue

metallic blue v12

Described as an ‘absolute gem’, this car is for sale for £9,750 with 49,000 miles on the clock.

  1. 1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 in Diamond blue

diamond blue xjs

This car comes with full service history, 70,000 miles on the clock and is priced at £13,995.

  1. 1989 Jaguar XJS HE red convertible

HE red convertible

For sale in Bicester, Oxfordshire, this gorgeous-looking convertible with only 45,000 miles on the clock is offered at £10,500.

  1. 1996 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Spruce green Celebration

spruce green celebration

For sale in Yorkshire, this coupe is on the market for £9,999 with 66,000 miles on the clock.

  1. 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 convertible

V12 convertible

For sale in Hitchin, this car has 73,263 miles on the clock. It has an agreed valuation of £7,500 by Lancaster Insurance and is offered for private sale at £6,000.

  1. Last, but definitely not least is this rare 1984 Jaguar Lynx Eventer XJS

Lynx eventer

One of only 67 made, this practical four-seater is up for auction in Silverstone with a guide price of £35,000 to £40,000. It has covered 71,200 miles and has already had some body renovation work.

Of course if you do decide to invest in one of these beauties we’d love to help you modernise it. We can improve its performance, handling and safety, give KWE a call on 01635 30030 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.

 

KWE Jaguar’s view on waterless coolants

We’ve recently posted a note within our website’s tech centre all about waterless coolants. To visit this page, click here.

cooling system

 

Restoring a Jaguar XJS? Make it look good, inside and out

When restoring a classic car like the XJS, we think it’s just as important for the car to look and sound as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Bring a touch of luxury to the inside of your car and let us help you specify a new interior. We offer a wide selection of interior schemes and audio upgrades, including:

New leather – We’ll help you chose from plain or perforated leather in a wide range of colours, with contrasting panels and colour-keyed piping. The leather can be embossed with the Jaguar ‘leaper’, ‘XJS’ or the KWE logo.

Leather

New carpets – The carpets we provide are wool and are available with a contrasting leather edge.

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Jaguar XJS bodywork makeover – before and after video

As you know, one of the biggest potential dangers to your classic car’s wellbeing is rust. Rust can quickly take hold of a vehicle, particularly in the winter months, making your prized possession unsafe to drive.

Hot on the heels of our blog post all about rust last month, this video shows you how we were able to transform and restore this XJS Convertible back to its former glory. After rebuilding the rust decayed doors, repairing all the holes and straightening the panels, we applied our specialist rust treatment procedure to all the hidden structural box sections. We hope you enjoy the results!

Let KWE cars ensure your classic Jaguar doesn’t rust away this winter. For more information visit our website or call us on +44 (0) 1635 30030.