ANSWER: Yes, we can install a complete A/C system and it would go exactly where the factory installed A/C systems in series 1s and 2s. It is better to install the A/C system while a car is being restored, but it can be retrofitted either way. With the A/C system, we always upgrade the radiator to aluminum, and add an auxiliary fan to help with cooling. We also recommend installing sound deadening to reduce heat and noise, and a special radio console will be fabricated to adapt to the space where the A/C will go. This addition will only increase the value for another party that wishes to have A/C.
ANSWER: The interest in classic cars has rapidly increased since the pandemic started, and we don’t expect this to stop. We are booking restoration work several years out. Classic cars are not affected by the effects of the pandemic, and people have been able to enjoy them without interruption. We think the future will be a combination of live auctions being held with increased safety restrictions, as well as the continuation of large increases of online auctions which will continue to grow. We see this combination as becoming the new normal for the industry.
ANSWER: From a young age I’ve always admired the E-Type in its design, features and styling. There are not many cars that can beat a Series 1 XKE. Many years ago, there were not great sources for buying and restoring classic Jaguars, so we decided to fill that niche, and brought in skilled craftsmen to create a team to achieve high level restorations on these wonderful cars.
ANSWER: Since the car has been sitting untouched since the mid-90s, the first step will be getting the car to us to do a complete evaluation and let you know the condition of the vehicle now and all of its systems. If any rodents have moved in in the last 30 years, they can cause a great deal off damage, and will need to investigate that, as well as the condition of everything else. We would do a complete report with photos showing issues, and then will have a meeting with you to discuss it and give you recommendations for moving forward. This is the best way to approach this project.
ANSWER: Yes, most definitely. We have several hard tops available in stock for a Series 1. If you don’t have some extra paint, we can have it color matched and restore the hard top to the level of your car. This will take 2 months or less to perform.