Introducing XJ Restorations
Full body and mechanical restorations are carried out in-house. From a sympathetic repair to a full bare shell restoration, XJ Restorations offer a complete service tailor made to suit your needs.
XJ Restorations has built a strong working relationship with 3 superb paintshops in the local area to take care of all paintwork needs. We are happy to work with your own chosen paintshop if required.
We also work very closely with C A Upton & Sons trimming – for superior quality interior trim works.
Custom work is also carried out to your own specifications.
XJ Restorations Ltd are appointed paint and bodywork advisors to the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.
“ With over 15 years experience in Jaguar/Daimler service and restoration, XJ Restorations is able to offer a full and comprehensive package for both car – and owner. We work very closely with the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, and act as their XJ Series 1/2/3 advisors/co ordinators, and their Bodywork advisor to all models.
From a simple MOT repair to full bare metal restoration. Full mechanical services are also available – from a simple service to full engine rebuild. We have recently upgraded to Autologic Diagnostics – allowing capabilities beyond main dealer IDS level.
All work is photographed and put onto a CD for the customer. All work is quoted for – any further repair work found is discussed with the customer before further work is carried out.” – Keith Parrington (Proprietor – XJ Restorations)
(pictured above, with family and, one of his customers, Sir Patrick Stewart)
Upon leaving school, Keith served his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Mr John Castell at CMC motor engineering, Uckfield, East Sussex. The focus was on the restoration of E-Types and MK2’s, and the service and repair of XJ models. It was here that Keith first carried out work on MWK 28G – chassis number 19 of the XJ range – the oldest surviving XJ, with incredible history. Keith still maintains this car today for the current owner.
At the age of 20, Keith set up in business with his father supplying XJ parts worldwide under the name XJ Jaguar Ltd. With restoration still very much part of everyday life, the work carried out on his own 2.8ltr Daimler brought the attention of prospective customers. The workshop soon filled with restoration work.
In 2006, XJ Jaguar Ltd set up XJ Restorations – the restoration division, specialising in the restoration of XJ models. As the reputation grew, the work expanded to all Jaguar models, including modern service and repair work. By 2009, the company had outgrown its 1000sq ft farm based premises, separated away from XJ Jaguar Ltd before moving to a new 2000sq ft development in Eastbourne.
Maintaining the company reputation is always at the forefront of seeking new staff and building the XJ Restorations team. By 2014, the small-dedicated team had once more outgrown its 2000sq ft home and relocated to the 4000sq ft premises currently occupied in Eastbourne.
Keith is an active member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, running the dedicated XJ Series forums for the club since 2006, and has been the paint and bodywork coordinator for the club since 2010.