Many people dream of restoring a classic Jaguar, but many fail to complete their project either due to time or money running out. Whether you’ve always dreamed of restoring a classic Jaguar from the 1950’s like the XK120, XK140 or XK150, or prefer the challenge of completing a frame-up restoration on a 1960’s or 1970’s Jaguar XKE, the Beverly Hills Car Club is happy to share their favorite classic Jaguar restoration tips with you in the hopes that you will be successful. Known for their power, exceptional styling, and sleek curvature, the early classic Jaguars are some of the most sought-after British classics in the market today. They are popular for restoration thanks to a good availability of parts, a strong support system of Jaguar enthusiasts, and for generally holding their value in the classic car market.
Below you’ll find a list of some of the best classic Jaguar restoration tips that they have learned over their years of experience in the classic car industry. Let’s take a look as some of the tips:
As with all classic cars, the first step in the restoration process is understanding the model that will best meet your financial and restoration needs. The Jaguar XKE, for example, saw more than a decade of production and parts are typically easy to find. It also makes a great everyday or fair-weather driver. The Jaguar XK120 from the 1950’s, on the other hand, may be more difficult to find parts for and may not be the best car to drive to work. These are things you need to keep in mind when selecting a classic Jaguar for restoration.
It isn’t a surprise that classic car buyers covet proven originality and authenticity. When restoring a classic Jaguar, be sure to choose as many original parts as you can, and always try to return the car to an original state. You wouldn’t, for example, want to paint a classic Jaguar XKE hot pink. With good production numbers, particularly through the 1960’s and 1970’s, you should be able to find the parts and components you need to achieve this goal.
Try to stay away from examples that have extensive rust damage to the chassis, floors and axles. While these items can ultimately be repaired for a price you want to find the best condition classic Jaguar you can within your budget. While a bit of rust should not deter you from considering a restoration project, you should always factor in the costs associated with such damage.
Document. Document. Document! There is nothing more important to a quality restoration than having documentation of all aspects of the project. Ownership history, maintenance and repair records, restoration receipts and more can add value to your classic in the long run. Should you choose to sell your classic Jaguar once your restoration is complete, documentation can also provide potential buyers with the confidence they need to move forward with the sale.
The Beverly Hills Car Club, a California classic car dealership with a worldwide reputation for fair and honest car deals, has been assisting restorers of classic Jaguars and other classic cars for years. They are always excited to help you find the classic you’ve been looking for and will work with you to ensure your experience is nothing short of exceptional. They encourage you to browse their online inventory to view the classic Jaguar models they currently have available to you and welcome you to contact them with any questions you may have. Don’t see the classic you’ve been looking for? Connect with their team today to discuss your specific needs and to see if they can match you with the jaguar you desire. Connect today!