North Wales Jag Centre
‘No job’s too big or too small’
How long has North Wales Jags been going?
My father started it in 1990 and I’ve been running it for 11 years. I’ve been working here for 16 years.
What sort of work do you handle?
We’ll do everything, from basic servicing and tyres to engine and gearbox rebuilds, to full restorations. No job’s too big or too small.
Do you carry out restoration work on site?
We’ve opened the premises next door to carry out long-term restoration work. At the moment I’ve a left-hand drive Series 3 E-type Coupé in for a bare-shell respray, carburettor change and replacing the four-speed manual gearbox with a five-speed. There’s also a first-generation XK8 for some rear-end work and an X300 Daimler Double Six for maintenance – and a 1934 Packard!
Are you customers fairly local, or do they come from further afield?
We have a customer who lives in the South of France and he brings over his XK8 every year for a full service and, because it’s still on UK plates, an MoT. There’s another customer who brings their car over from Guernsey every year.
When it comes to the cars you sell, what’s popular?
S-type and X-types are very popular but I’m aiming at selling more secondgeneration XK8s. I’m also getting a lot of calls for late X-types, and especially the run-out models: They’re a lot of car for the money and their smaller size helps their popularity. Early S-type diesels are popular too. I’ve also got a fully restored 1966 manual ’box 2.4 saloon at £30,000.
The X350 XJ is often seen as the last ‘proper’-shaped Jaguar – are they worth buying?
There’s certainly no doubt that they were extremely popular but demand for used XFs has given the X350 something of a pasting of late. There are plenty of cars out there but good ones are becoming increasingly hard to find. That said, they are the nearest to a same-age Bentley or RollsRoyce when it comes to out-and-out refinement. They do need regular servicing, however, and the suspension can occasionally cause some problems – a set of rear suspension arms costs £550.
What’s your hourly rate?
I charge £60 per hour but I tend to do a job at a set price. I’d rather do that than be halfway through a job and then have to call the customer to say that it’ll cost more.
Is there one real stand-out classic Jaguar worth buying?
Late XJS models, and especially the four-litre model, are the cars that spring most readily to mind, but the catch is that they have to be original. The AJ16 engine is a cracking piece of kit and these cars are beginning to look like great investments.