Jaguar confirms September reveal for all-new XE

Jaguar has confirmed its all-new XE Saloon will be revealed in London on 8 September.

The Gaydon manufacturer has confirmed some of the first technical details of the crucial BMW 3-series rival, which Jaguar says “combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement”.

The XE will be equipped with F-type-inspired double wishbone front suspension made from aluminium, which Jaguar claims results in stiffness levels equivalent to the larger XFR sports saloon and the sophisticated rear suspension is an integral link set-up that also uses aluminium extensively. Jaguar says this system “delivers sharp response and handling while retaining a refined, luxurious ride”.

Porsche 911 Limited Edition

A limited edition Porsche 911 Turbo S to commemorate 40 years of the 911 turbo has been revealed. It is a 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB edition and is unique to the UK market and only 40 will be built.

The new variant has been designed to incorporate styling cues from the original 911 Turbo 930.  It features a black rear upper spoiler, Sport Classic wheels in black, black finished exterior door handles, and the black Porsche script along the sills.

Other special kit includes carbonfibre door sill guards with ‘911 Turbo S – Exclusive GB Edition’ in illuminated lettering, carbonfibre interior trim, including the PDK gear lever and bespoke floor mats with leather edging and decorative stitching.

The 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is available in a choice of three exterior colours: silver, white or red.

Bolton Classic Car Rally has returned

A CLASSIC car rally, last held eight years ago, is making a comeback to Bolton to raise money for the mayor’s charity which will provide funds for Bolton Hospice, Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and the Sensory Centre for the Blind and Fortalice.

So far 50 vehicles of all ages and makes which includes Fred Dibnah’s Land Rover have been signed up for the classic car run which will start in Victoria Square, Bolton, and take in 50 miles of the Lancashire countryside.

The rally, on Sunday, April 6, will set off from Victoria Square at 10.30am at which point the participants will be given their route, which is kept a mystery until the day.

Are you thinking of getting a classic?

If you are thinking about buying a classic, there are a few things that you need to consider apart from the obvious things like finance and insurance

Rarity
You need to find out how many were made and how many are left.  Is it widely acknowledged as desirable, and probably most importantly are there any comparative examples for sale to give you a rough idea of the market value.

History
This is a BIG must wherever possible.  Is it documented and undisputed.  Does the car have an interesting previous owner which might enhance the value of the car.

Condition
Is it mint or does it need some work?  If it’s the latter, is it usable and do you have a lot of time to give to the car, and possibly a lot of money.

Practicality
What can you do with the car?  In other words, can you get in and start it up at the weekend without having to do some precision engineering

Ecurie Ecosse Collection up for grabs

A collection of Ecurie Ecosse race cars, in their famous blue and white livery, will be offered for sale at auction in December at Bonhams who are holding the auction at their refurbished headquarters on New Bond Street in London.

Bonhams claim that the 8 strong collection is the most comprehensive line up of vehicles from the Ecure Ecosse team, which was founded by David Murray in 1951.

The team won Le Mans with its Jaguar D-types in 1956 and ’57, among its 68 victories in 10 seasons of racing.

The cars being auctioned in December are from the Dick Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse Collection, which consists of a 1952 XK120 Roadster, 1953 C-type, 1956 D-type, 1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar, 1960 Cooper T49 Monaco, 1961 Austin-Healey “Sebring” Sprite, 1962 Tojeiro-Buick Coupe and, perhaps most distinctive of all, the 1959 Commer Ecurie Ecosse Transporter.