About Us

Founded in 1999, CKL Developments has grown into the worlds leading specialist in Jaguar Sports and Racing Cars of the 1950’s and ’60’s.


After 25 years as Managing Director at Lynx, Chris Keith-Lucas left in 1999 to set up CKL Developments Ltd. From the start, Chris attracted a loyal customer base of people who value the knowledge, integrity and attention to detail that still characterise the work of CKL today.


Starting modestly in a barn near Battle in East Sussex, CKL’s growing reputation brought more and more business, and with an increasing workforce eventually Chris and Melvin were forced to look for more space and investment. With the help and input of car collector and historic racer Stefan Ziegler, CKL moved into it’s current, purpose built premises in 2011.


With sixteen thousand square feet of space and state of the art facilities, CKL is second to none in our ability to undertake all areas of restoration and race preparation work. Our global reputation is based on getting the details right, whether it’s a simple service job, a complete restoration project involving extensive research or the development of a race-winning car.


Meet the team

  • Rupert Manwaring

    Managing Director

    With comprehensive experience of developing / managing road and race car projects with Surtees, Brabham, Lotus, Tyrrell, Honda, Lola, RML and competing within F1, LM24, LMP1, LMP2, Indy and GT racing, Rupert has plenty of experience when it comes to developing low volume vehicles and components.

  • Chris Keith-Lucas

    Founder & Technical Director

    With over 45 years experience of historic cars and racing, company founder Chris is an acknowledged leading world authority. He continues to guide the company on all technical matters.

  • Maria Winchester

    Financial Director

    With over 22 years experience in accounting, a background in Management for a Top 100 independent accountancy firm and running her own SME , Maria has been with us since 2013 and was appointed on the board of Directors in January 2016.

  • David Dadswell

    General Manager

    With 40 years experience in the motor trade and 25 years managing his own workshop, David now oversees workshop functions and administration.

  • Martyn Palmer

    Workshop Manager, Head of Logistics & Car Assessments

    With over 39 years workshop experience, predominantly with main agents and 25 years logistics training, Martyn has brought valuable experience to CKL for over 7 years. Martyn also has a strong background in an all types of racing from oval to historic.

  • Tom Robins

    Sales, Project Administration and Head of Storage

    With genuine enthusiasm for classic cars and racing, Tom has gained valuable experience over the past few years with CKL.  Tom now successfully runs our storage facility and deals with sales and project administration.


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