Jaguars are known for their sumptuous interiors, but they’re notoriously difficult to restore. Sure, some jobs – door panel installation for instance – can be done by any competent upholstery shop or skilled owner, but seat restoration, drophead coupe top installation or the many modifications we regularly undertake are a different story entirely. The learning curve is steep, car-to-car variation is a continual challenge, and the “tricks” and parts required to make seats or a DHC top look and function as new, for example, are numerous. And remember, in many cases it’s the work you don’t see that ultimately defines the longevity and quality of an interior restoration, not just new leather or carpet.
Consider seats specifically for a moment. Granted, your local upholstery shop may be Mercedes or Porsche seat experts, but without our parts supply and depth of Jaguar experience, there’s no way they can be as successful with a pair of Jaguar seats. For instance, we stock the parts required to repair the notoriously troublesome recline mechanisms on Series II and III E-Type seats. We even manufacture our own wood tack strips and bolster wedges for these seats. Further, we make replacement seat pivot bushings for Series I 4.2 E-Types and stock a multitude of specialized seat hardware. Unless your local shop knew to call us for these pieces, they’d be lost. We’ve developed many of these parts and procedures over a period of many years, just as other shops have done with other makes. If you want your Jaguar seats restored by a specialist, send them to XKs Unlimited. For more examples of our interior restoration expertise, browse through our Current Projects pages and take a look our Gallery of Past Projects.