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We are deep into another fun restoration here at British Sports Cars. This time it’s a 1967 Jaguar XKE Coupe. This project is for a long-time client and friend of the shop that has had the car for many years. This is a Series 1 car but is unusual because it’s a non-covered headlamp Series 1. Between 1967 and 1968, Jaguar was gearing up for production of the Series 2 XKE which officially came out in 1968. Midway through 1967 they changed from covered headlamps to un-covered headlamps, which would become standard on Series 2 cars due to regulations. As months went by, Jaguar was getting ready to unveil the Series 2 and slowly made changes to Series 1 cars that would become standard features for the Series 2. Officially, Jaguar only made Series 1, 2, and 3 E-Types but these cars have been nicknamed “Series 1.5.”

As you’ll see in the photos, this is an extensive restoration that will be done to nice show standards. The car will be going back to its original color of Cotswold Blue, which in our opinion is a fantastic color. The upholstery will also be fully restored back to dark blue. The car is a fantastic, relatively unmolested example that is a perfect candidate for restoration. The car had a little bit of rust that was not evident until the paint was stripped off, but nothing major.


We have a long way to go on this restoration, so please stop back and check on the progress. Comments and questions are always welcome, and make sure to check back for updates. You can also hop on over and like us on Facebook where we announce new posts on all ongoing restoration projects.

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1939 SS Jaguar 3½ Litre Saloon

Here at British Sports Cars, we are huge fans of the early Jaguars, especially any of them made by SS Car Company Ltd. We have been buying, selling, and restoring all classic Jaguars for many years but have taken a keen interest in SS cars for our personal collection. When it comes to the SS brand, we buy everything from parts to complete cars in any condition.

Here are the specific models we are currently looking to purchase:

  • Austin Swallow
  • SS1
  • SS1 Tourer
  • SS1 Saloon
  • SS1 Coupe
  • SS1 Airline Saloon
  • SS2
  • SS2 Tourer
  • SS2 Saloon
  • SS2 Coupe
  • SS90
  • SS100 Jaguar
  • SS Jaguar 1 1/2 Saloon
  • SS Jaguar 2 1/2 Saloon
  • SS Jaguar 3 1/2 Saloon
  • SS Jaguar 2 1/2 Drophead Coupe
  • SS Jaguar 3 1/2 Drophead Coupe

So, if you have a line on SS cars or parts, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!

1938 SS100 Jaguar

Click here to check out our blog post featuring a 1938 SS100 Jaguar, complete with photos and video.

1939 SS100 Jaguar by Van den Plas

And make sure to check out our post featuring an extraordinary 1939 SS100 Jaguar by Van den Plas.

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BRITISH SPORTS CARS BLOG by Justin Jurgens - 3M ago
Typical day in the service bay.

Greetings from San Luis Obispo, California! 2018 was another amazing year here at British Sports Cars. As always, we have to thank all of our loyal customers, new and old. Without you we wouldn’t be here doing what we love. We also have to give a big thank you to our dedicated crew that go above and beyond to make all this happen. We’re extremely fortunate to have a very knowledgeable, hardworking, and fun crew that really enjoy what they do and put in the extra effort every day to ensure a great customer experience and quality service. Two of our employees have been with us for over thirty-two years, serving as the solid foundation of our team and its collective knowledge. 

The BSC Team

Car sales have been very good this year with over one hundred cars sold, and many collector cars gaining in value and desirability. The collector car market has been strong for several years now and is continuing to hold strong. That said, now is a great time to sell your car if you desire. We have been seeing record sales prices as well as quick sales largely due to our ever-expanding internet presence and our email list that we’ve been growing for many years now. With one email, we hit thousands of dealers and private buyer worldwide, many of which we’ve done business with for nearly forty years. If you’re considering selling your car, please give us a call, shoot us an email, or fill out our online consignment form. With hundreds of cars bought and sold since 1980, we are uniquely positioned to advertise your car to a global audience of serious buyers. If you’re interested in signing up for our mailing list to get e-mail updates when new cars are added to our inventory, click here to sign up. We’ll be happy to evaluate your car and potential sale. 

One of several E-Types we sold last year.

As well as servicing modern and classic British cars, we’ve been hard at work on some really nice restoration projects. One in particular is this 1975 Triumph TR6 that we just completed a restoration on. This was a really fun project that came out beautiful, and most of all, our client absolutely loves it. This was a car that he purchased nearly-new and he’s over the moon to have it back on the road again in pristine condition. We’re hard at work with several other restorations right now. Please be sure to visit our blog to follow us as we bring these cars back to life. You also can hop on over and like us on Facebook where we announce new posts on all ongoing restoration projects.

1975 Triumph TR6 before and after.

We hope everyone has a great 2019. We look forward to hearing from you all in the future. And now…enjoy the slideshow!

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Here we go on yet another MG TD restoration! This is a project that’s been in the making for over twenty years. The two owners have been coming into the shop to talk with us about the project for years and have finally decided to pull the trigger and get started. This particular TD is a 1952 and was our client’s first car. It’s provided many years of joy and great memories for our client and her family. The car was set aside and put into storage many years ago. They would now like it restored back to its former glory so that they and their family can continue to enjoy it for many years to come. It was in pretty solid shape when we got our hands on it, but there was clearly much work to do to return it to its former glory.

They want the car restored to a very nice show standard, so for this reason we’ve completely disassembled the car and will be going over every nut and bolt making the car virtually brand new. The chassis has been completely stripped and powder coated. We like to use powder coating on the chassis because it is very durable and gets in tight corners that paint has a difficult time covering. The drivetrain is all completely rebuilt and better than new.

Chassis back from powder coating.

The body on the car looks to be very solid and appears to have very little accident damage or rust. The body is now at the media blasters, so we’ll get a much better look and feel for what we are working with once it returns. We’ll be taking a very close look at the wood structure that the body fits to. It is very common on T-series cars to have wood rot and rust hiding behind the framing. This will be a very cool project, so please check back to watch at this TD comes back to life.

This project is rolling!

Comments and questions are always welcome, and make sure to check back for updates. You can also hop on over and like us on Facebook where we announce new posts on all ongoing restoration projects.

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Restored to all its former glory.

We just finished up our restoration of this beautiful, Delft Blue 1975 Triumph TR6. This is a two-owner car that our client bought when he moved here to the US from England many years ago. The car was only a few years old at that time and provided lots of fond memories for our client. He has owned the car the entire time, but as you can see from when it arrived here at BSC, it had fallen into a sorry state.

The car had sat outside for many years and had some rust, but overall was a great candidate for restoration. It was still wearing all its original paint and upholstery, so we could see firsthand what we were dealing with. No accidents and a straight, solid, complete specimen with minimal rust. Our client wanted a nice show quality car, but not quite Concours-level. We think what we provided fits the bill perfectly.

Quite the interior transformation!

The paint and bodywork was done here locally by Kens Body Shop who we have used for many, many years. They did a fantastic job as they always do. The fit and finish is really first class. The upholstery was provided by Moss Motors, as well as just about all the parts on this restoration. As usual, all mechanical and assembly was done here in house by our trained technicians. Please take a good look at the photos and see just how beautiful this restoration turned out.

Things are looking pretty sharp under the hood, too!

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