Crowd Pulling Jaguar XK140 at Restoration Show

Jaguar XK140

A stunning classic Jaguar with a modern twist attracted a large  audience at this year’s Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show.

From the outside, Chris Sedgemore’s beautiful 1954 XK140 is the archetypal classic Jaguar, however, delve a little deeper and the car’s enhancements reveal themselves.

A perfect example of a thoughtful but practical restoration, the XK was the star of Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance stand at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show, which took place at Birmingham’s NEC at the weekend.

Owned since 1999 by successful Black Country businessman and massive classic car enthusiast Chris Sedgemore, the Jaguar sits nicely in his six-strong classic collection.

Originally imported from the US, the car had undergone some enhancements including the conversion to a right-hand drive, before Chris took it for further work at Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth.

Work focused on replacing the gearbox with a Toyota Supra box, creating gear changes so quiet and smooth that the car was last year voted ‘Best in Class’ in a test-drive evaluation of XK gearbox modifications, featured in July’s edition of Jaguar Driver.

Chris explains: “The change is now so quiet and smooth and quick as you like. I also had upgraded brakes and every panel and box section thoroughly wax oiled. I think this latter process is so incredibly important if like me you like to drive your classic cars regularly throughout the year in our uncertain climate. I also enjoy my trips to the continent so it’s very important to me that this 62 year old vehicle drives, within reason, as well as a modern car.”

The XK140 was showcased on the Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance stand at the show and drew crowds of onlookers, who came to see for themselves the effective results of the carefully-undertaken enhancements.

Peter James, director of Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance, said that show-goers were impressed with the work carried out on the car.

“This immaculate XK140 is a prime example of how classic vehicles can be thoughtfully enhanced in order to protect their heritage, whilst at the same time equipping them to suit modern driving requirements.

“Carefully-planned and well carried-out enhancements needn’t be detrimental to the history of a classic vehicle, and if it means that as a result, people are using their classics more, then that has to be good news.”

Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance tailors policies to suit its clients’ exact insurance requirements, offering competitive rates and an extensive range of policy options including multivehicle and limited mileage cover.

As well as a comprehensive range of specialist vehicle insurance, the team provides everything from personal and household to commercial insurance cover.

To obtain a bespoke quotation for your specialist vehicle insurance, call 0121 506 6040.  For a tailored quote for your personal, household or commercial insurance, call 0121 422 2282.


Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance

Launched back in 1979, Stewart Miller Insurance has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the Midlands’ leading insurance providers, offering a range of commercial, personal and household cover.

Thanks to almost 40 years of local experience, the Stewart Miller team knows exactly what customers need when it comes to protecting their homes or businesses.

Putting personal service before automated messaging systems and call centres, Stewart Miller Insurance will work with each client to tailor individual policies to suit, ensuring it delivers the best possible product at the right price, while using the latest technology to provide a cost-effective, efficient service.

As a market-leading, trusted name in the specialist insurance industry,Peter James Insurance provides cover for anything from classic and modern cars and motorcycles to kit cars and steam vehicles and with nearly 40 years of combined experience, there’s not much the Peter James team doesn’t know about classic vehicles.

During his four decades in the insurance industry, Peter James himself has pioneered products including multi-vehicle, limited-mileage and agreed value cover.

So to ensure you have the right cover for all your insurance needs, get in touch with our team.

Stewart Miller Insurance – Commercial, Personal & Household – Tel: 0121 422 2282

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Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth


Classic Motor Cars Limited was founded in 1993 and has over the ensuing years built a worldwide reputation for car restoration to world-class standards.

CMC’s cars have won international awards and the company has been responsible for restoring many of Jaguar’s most historic cars in recent years.

Today they operate from modern 40,000 sq. ft. premises and, with the exception of chrome plating, every aspect of a car’s restoration is carried out in-house.

The company is especially proud of its apprenticeship schemes with young people learning their trades in trimming, auto electrics, bodywork, paintwork and general mechanical skills.

Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth