QUESTION: Where can I get Jaguar books, and Jaguar Parts and Service Manuals?

• ANSWER: Check out JCNA’s website, as they have a great shop where you can find most of the ones you are looking for, and if they are out of stock there is always online sources such as Hemmings.

QUESTION: What does "OEM" mean? (Usually known as “New Old Stock”)

"OEM" stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. The OEM is the company that supplied the part when the car was built. In some cases, more than one company supplied the same part, so they would both be OEM. In most cases, OEM parts are superior to other parts. But not always

Do I have to spend extra money on 'V' rated tires for my Jaguar? They are rated at 148 mph and I'm not going to drive that fast.

• ANSWER: No, you most likely aren’t going to, but, the "V" rated tires are necessary to provide the stability you need to carry a fully-loaded 4,000 pound car down the highway at a high rate of speed. Lower-rated tires have a more flexible carcass, and will tend to generate vibration and noise more readily than a "V" rated tire will, and will fail more often under similar operating conditions. Jaguar recommends a specific tire rating based on a ratio of speed and vehicle weight, and ignoring their recommendation has caused more than one Jaguar owner some discomfort.  "V" rated tires are not necessarily more expensive, either. The Michelin MXV4, which is an excellent "V" rated tire, can usually be found fairly inexpensive. They are priced competitively with good-quality "S" rated tires. Our recommendation is not to be lured by lower priced tires, as the price or performance tradeoff just doesn't work. These tires are better made and are safer, even at lower speeds..

QUESTION: Can you use regular gas in your Jaguar?

• ANSWER: We recommend using 91 octane in all Jaguar Cars. There is a chance you could use regular gas in a classic Jaguar, but if you hear pinging noises coming from the engine, then you will have to switch to 91 octane. In newer Jaguars, you have to use 91 octane gas. The regular gas could potentially damage the o2 sensor and cause the fuel/air mixture which is controlled by the car's computer to become erratic, as it tries to compensate to a lower fuel grade which requires a higher temperature to burn. So just spend the extra money on fuel and save on costly repairs.

QUESTION: Who owns Jaguar Cars now?

• ANSWER: Jaguar Cars is a brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by India's Tata Motors since 2008.

QUESTION: I have two classic cars, a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa, and a Mercedes Benz 280 SL, and I wanted to see the different colors available with the formulas. Can you tell me where I can get a current paint code?

• ANSWER: For a fairly complete listing of color combinations available, go to the color library on TCP Global’s website for more direction:

QUESTION: I was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car when you are trying to buy or sell...

We use "CPI" which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible, informative price guide and reference, and we highly recommend it!

Interesting European Car Facts

In terms of status, European cars are considered to be the most popular around the world. Some of the most fantastic car companies are located throughout Europe, inluding England, Germany, and Italy. Cars like Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, and Ferrari make up the dreams of car lovers all over the world. However, when it comes to speed and style, Italian cars are thought to be some of the fastest and stylish of them all. Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Maserati produce some of the fastest, and most beautiful looking cars in the world!

The most expensive cars in the world are also dominated by the European brands. The most expensive cars ever made include the following:

  • Bugatti Veyron –$1,192,057
  • Ferrari Enzo –$1,000,000
  • Pagani Zonda –$741,000
  • SSC Ultimate Aero –$654,400
  • LeBlanc Mirabeau –$645,084
  • Koenigsegg CCX –$600,910
  • Porsche Carrera GT –$484,000
  • Mercedes SLR McLaren –$455,500
  • Maybach 62 –$385,250

Recently, the collector car market has been reaching new highs with big dollar sales. Here are some of the most expensive cars bought at auction:

  • A 1954 Mercedes-Benz race car sold for a record $30 million at an auction in England on July 12, 2013. While collectible cars have been sold privately for more, this is the highest price ever paid for a car at a public auction.
  • A 1967 Ferrari NART Spyder set a $27.5 million dollar record at RM auctions in 2013.
  • 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype which sold at an auction in California in 2011 for $16.4 million.
  • A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, sold in a 2011 auction hosted by Gooding & Company at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center for over $16 million dollars.
  • The 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 hp Two-Seater is currently listed on the Guinness World Records as the most expensive veteran car to be sold, at the price of $7,254,290, on a Bonham’s auction held at Olympia in London on December 3, 2007.

Winter is without a doubt the hardest season of the year on your classic car. If you are like me, you try to take care of all the routine maintenance before the cold weather hits and hope it all holds together until Spring arrives. Well, spring is almost here and there are a number of things the shade tree mechanic will want to be doing the very instant the snows clear away, maintenance on the prized car. It needs it very badly by now. For the last three to four months your car hasn't had an oil change, or chassis lubrication or a number of other things that badly need doing.
  • Tires—tend to your tires. By rotating them seasonally, you extend the life of the set. As the weather gets warmer and temperatures increase, tire pressure changes. Under-inflated tires reduce a vehicle's fuel efficiency by an average of 3.3 percent, according to Tires should be checked monthly to make sure that they are inflated to manufacturers' recommendations, which can typically be found on the vehicle door placard or in the glove box. Be sure to avoid over-inflating the tires, as this can lead to premature or irregular tire wear.
  • Blades—wiper blades take a severe beating. Early spring is a good time to check and replace them.
  • Underbody— clean your vehicle's underbody. There's no magic cleaning solution that will get rid of the corrosive salt build-up for those who live in heavy winter urban areas. Make sure you bring the car to the car wash shop and get the entire body, along with undercarriage, systematically washed and the sand and salt fully removed.
  • Fluids—check all automotive fluids and top off as necessary. Winter driving conditions require your engine to work harder and deplete fluid levels faster. Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on an engine if it is not cared for properly, as cold startups are among the most severe conditions that engines undergo. Drivers need to protect their vehicles with a quality motor oil to endure the varying temperatures as most of the country changes from cooler to warmer temperatures. The changing of seasons serves as an excellent reminder of the importance of using high quality motor oils in your engine.

  • Brakes—examine your brakes. Like wipers, brakes take on a bigger role during wintertime and should be checked to ensure they've survived.

  • Air filters tend to become heavy due to pollen affecting the overall output of the vehicle. You should immediately replace the air filters if you found them to be inappropriate in order to enhance the performance of your car. You should remove dirt, debris and leaves from the cowl screen and other crevices. Leaves that are present in the cowl screen can break producing residue that can block the evaporator drain. Dry wiping your car with the paper towel or similar paper item will scrape the clear coat. Make sure to utilize mild lather and water to clean the affected region. Spring time can be a good time to take proper care of your vehicle. If you reside in the snow region of our nation the primary thing to do is to make sure that sand and salt is away from your car.

  • The next thing you must do is to have a good coat of wax to be applied to assist in protecting your car from the strong UV sunrays. Your car must be vacuumed to eliminate sand and salt that might have entered. You should also check the hood.

  • Confirm all the fluids involving the coolant mechanism and the AC before those humid and hot days arrive. Running the AC system once in a while will certainly keep it operational when you require it.

  • If pot holes are a problem in your region you must have the suspension examined to make sure there are no damaged components from getting jumped. Worn suspension components can easily lead to tire and other parts hastily wearing and alignment hassles. A vehicle having bad alignment can ultimately lead to poor driving, handling and hamper your cars fuel mileage.

Upcoming Events

April 3-6, 2014

JCNA 2014 Annual General Meeting and Jaguar Weekend Festival

Hosted by the Jaguar Association of New England in Boston, MA

April 5-6, 2014

Mexico City Concours • Mexico City

Jaguar Club México hosts its annual Concours, hosting many of Mexico´s premier car collector clubs with over 500 cars in attendance. If you have not attended, any and all J.C.N.A. members are welcome. You will be treated like a VIP.

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April 11-13, 2014

Barrett-Jackson Auctions • Palm Beach, FL

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April 11-13, 2014

10th Anniversary of the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, American sports cars (with a salute to GM on their 100th anniversary), and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be tipping its hat to some of the world’s finest Classics: Rolls Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Cadillac, and of course Duesenberg. We hope once again that if diamonds are forever, then cars are timeless.

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May 2-4, 2014

Concourse D’Elegance La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa, TX

If you have not experienced the spacious, family-friendly environment at the beautiful La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, you are in for a treat. It is a picture-perfect spot for a great weekend of cars and camaraderie. The Driving Tour through the Piney Woods and around Lake Conroe, the 13th Annual The Houston Classic Auction, and the fabulous Sunday Concours d'Elegance on the golf course greens... all at a venue to relax with friends and family. It is a car event like no other!

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May 3, 2014

The Houston Classic Auction - Worldwide Auctions

100+ world-class motorcars will line up to go under the hammer, at Worldwide's 13th annual The Houston Classic Auction.

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May 3-4, 2014

18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance
Lakewood Yacht Club • Seabrook, TX

Keels & Wheels established itself among the nation’s top Concours events while in pursuit of multiple goals. The goals include raising significant funds for the charities the show supports, $1 million so far, while producing the best possible event that would draw participants and spectators from every corner of the country and even Europe.

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May 4, 2014

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance • Beverly Hills, CA

Join us for the 5th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance as we celebrate the City of Beverly Hills'
Centennial, 60th Anniversary of the Porsche Speedster and the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang.

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May 8-10, 2014

Auburn Spring - Auctions America Sale

Auctions America will return to the historic Auburn Auction Park May 8 – 10, for the annual Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend. This spring we are proud to offer the John Scotti Collection - over 450 vehicles offered without reserve. In total over 900 collector cars, and full day of memorabilia, will cross the auction block. Spectators will enjoy a swap meet, car corral, and the return of the AACA’s Special Spring Meet.

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May 18, 2014

JOC Muckenthaler Concours

The Jaguar Owner’s Club of Los Angeles will again hold its Annual Concours D’Elegance in conjunction with the Muckenthaler Center’s Motor Car Festival on Sunday, May 18.

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May 31st- June 1, 2014

Greenwich Concours d ' Elegance • Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT

Listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Greenwich is unique, in that it is actually two Concours, back-to-back. Saturday's Concours Americana is exclusively for American makes, while Sunday's Concours International is exclusively for imported marques. The Greenwich based 12-M Yacht Development Foundation will again have a modest display of former America's Cup 12-Meter yachts moored at the Delamar Hotel. Given good weather, they will engage in match racing during the weekend. Concours visitors will be able to view the yachts up close, and there will also be limited opportunities to sail on them. Classic motorcycles will also be on display.

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June 1, 2014

Bonham's Greenwich, CT Auction

The Greenwich Auction returns for the seventh year in a row. After a record breaking auction in 2013, the annual auction held in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance is once again open for select collectors' motorcars consignments. With an international and national audience of buyers, it is an excellent way to get global representation at a local auction.

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June 7, 2014

Jags on Parade and Show in the Meadows- Harris Rd. Park , Pitt Meadows

Our Annual Concours held in conjunction with the City of Pitt Meadows Celebrations. 2014 is the 100th year anniversary of the city's incorporation. 10,000 people come to see the parade and many visit us on the showground later.

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June 21, 2014

JCNA Judges Training at Classic Showcase • Oceanside, CA

Classic Showcase will host the annual JCNA judges training session in Oceanside, California. The annual training session is for judges to learn about new rules adopted by the AGM, refresh their memories of common JCNA judging rules, and to prepare themselves for the upcoming San Diego Concours. 


July 13, 2014

San Diego Jaguar Club 50th Annual Concours d’Elegance
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego

The San Diego Jaguar Club will hold its 50th Annual Concours at beautiful Spanish Landing Park overlooking San Diego Harbor. 

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August 1-2, 2014

Collector cars of Southern CA - Auctions America Sale in Burbank

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August 12, 2014

Carmel By The Sea - Concours on the Avenue

Sixteen blocks of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea will showcase over 175 domestic and foreign collector vehicles.

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August 14-16, 2014

Mecum in Monterey- Hyatt Regency

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August 14-17, 2014

Historic Races in Laguna Seca

Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Approximately 550 vehicles are invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. This year, the 100th anniversary of the iconic Italian automaker – Maserati – will be the featured marque.

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August 15-16, 2014

RM Monterey Auction - The Portola Hotel

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August 15, 2014

Bonham’s Auction - The Quail Lodge in Carmel

Bonham’s returns to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula for its 17th annual Quail Lodge Auction, featuring the world's finest and most exclusive collectors' motorcars displayed in a stunning setting on the grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. One of the landmark events taking place during the must-attend "Monterey Collector Car Week", the Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction is the longest-running auction on the Monterey Peninsula, and is therefore one of the true highlights during a week of activities that serves as the focal point for the California summer motoring season

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August 15, 2014

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering • Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, California

For ten days each August, connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and camaraderie among fellow aficionados.

The crown jewel in a whirlwind of events is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Since its inception, it has combined a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles seen during the week. Sponsors provide today's cream-of-the-crop luxury cars to be sampled by guests on local roads, and those who wish can also test their mettle on the Land Rover Experience Driving School off-road course.

The event’s worldwide reputation is confirmed by its inclusion as a finalist in the Motoring Event of the Year category for the 2013 International Historic Motoring Awards.

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August 16-17, 2014

Gooding's at Pebble Beach

Since the 1950s, Pebble Beach has represented the ultimate collector car lover’s destination. Today, enthusiasts from around the world enjoy the complete experience of the spectacular California coast scenery, exclusive Concours and the finest classic cars available. As the official auction house of the famed and prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company is where leading international collectors seek new additions to their stables. Within Pebble Beach, start the week with our viewing on Wednesday, and continue on to Thursday’s Tour d’Elegance that begins and ends at the Gooding & Company tent. Saturday and Sunday, experience the excitement of the most anticipated auctions of the year. Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary at Pebble Beach in 2013, Gooding & Company continues to set the bar on a global scale. Consistently setting market leading results, this is an event not to be missed.

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August 17, 2014

Pebble Beach Concours


The annual Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend reaches its climax with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the automobiles compete to be named “The Best of the Best.” The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.

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August 27-31st, 2014

Auburn Fall- Auctions America Sale

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September 2-6, 2014

Western States 2014

Western States 2014 will be hosted by the Jaguar Club of Southern Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club.

September 2-6, 2014 Schedule of Events - With a lot more planned!

  • Tuesday September 2 Registration at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

  • Hospitality Suite and Welcome Reception

  • Wednesday September 3 Tour and Rally to Cripple Creek

  • Gambling, Shopping, Group Dinner

  • Thursday September 4 Slalom in Cheyenne Mountain State Park Theme Night “WWII Returns” Gala, Dinner, Music, Tour and More

  • Location: The National WWII Aviation Museum

  • Friday September 5 Western States 2014 Concours d’ Elegance

  • Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

  • Awards Dinner at CMR

  • Saturday September 6 Pikes Peak Concours d’ Elegance - #2

  • Jaguar Club of Southern Colorado

  • Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

  • Awards Dinner at CMR

September 13, 2014

Virginia Jaguar Club 2014 Concours
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel • Richmond, VA

The Virginia Jaguar Club 2014 Concours will be held on Saturday Sept 13 in the Williamsburg-style ambience of the Wyndham Virginia Crossings resort. This year we will integrate our Concours with the CVBCC "Classics on the Green" event held the same weekend. The Crossings will be the host hotel for both events. We will have a Concours "meet and greet" reception in the Crossings patio on Friday evening. The VJC Concours will be held from 10 am to 2 pm in the Crossings courtyard where we held the 2013 Challenge, followed by a poolside awards ceremony at 4 pm. Concours participants will be able to participate in all CVBCC activities including the Saturday evening dinner dance and the superb car show on Sunday at the New Kent winery, the rally and other on-site and off-site activities.

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September 20, 2014

Dana Point Concours

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