About Us

Mission statement

We aim to look after you and your car with total care and attention to detail.

Introduction

A lifelong fan of Jaguar cars, David Marks had acquired examples of 6 and 12 cylinder models and carried out all the maintenance etc on these himself.

During this period, he not only became proficient at identifying and curing faults on these cars, he also realised from conversations with like minded people, that there was a niche in the market for someone with the knowledge and familiarity of the complex electrical systems of these cars that could be exploited.

With this in mind, David Marks Garages was established in September 1991.

From the very beginning the business was aimed at owners of cars, three or more years old, who felt happier, for whatever reason, taking their vehicle to an independent specialist rather than the main dealer network.

A reputation was built up based around David's ability to not only carry out competent and attentive servicing, but also the knowledge previously gained on the complex diagnostic procedures of the many electrical systems within these cars.

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In 1992, in association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club, (now the largest membership Jaguar owners club in the world) David took on the mechanical refurbishment of a 1968 Series 1 Jaguar XJ6, Reg. No. PHP 42G, that was originally owned and driven by the founder of Jaguar Cars, Sir William Lyons.

This car is still owned by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT), an independent charitable trust, charged with keeping and maintaining for the nation Jaguar's collection of historic cars. The JDHT is based at Browns Lane in Coventry, the spiritual home of the Jaguar marque.

It was for this organization that the refurbishment was carried out.

The publicity from this project led to a steady increase in the number of older Jaguars coming in for repairs or full restorations.

As a result of continued growth, the business rapidly expanded and the original premises (in Bunny near Nottingham) became too small for the size of operation.

In early 1998, the business moved six miles to the present address on the outskirts of Nottingham.

These premises, with a workshop floor space of over 2,500 Sq. Ft. are nearly triple the size of the previous one.

This increase in size has enabled David to take on particularly difficult and long term restorations and upgrades, without any adverse effect upon the main area of business, namely the maintenance and care of the modern Jaguar.

Now a range of more bespoke services can be provided including, for example, retrofit air conditioning, right hand drive and left hand drive conversions and transmission/drive train alterations.

About four years previously, due to the volume of vehicles passing through, David engaged the services of an extremely experienced Jaguar mechanic, Robert Middleton, who with his true flair with these cars has contributed significantly to the success of the business.

Largely as a recognition of this, late in 1998, David Marks Garages became a partnership between David Marks and Robert Middleton.


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