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

  • James Fraser

    Managing Director

    James joined CKL as the New MD from Woodham Mortimer in 2019. Previously he held several senior management positions within the global mining industry and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He holds a PhD in Geology and has recently written a book on competition XK120s.


  • Mark Hews

    Chief Operating officer

    Mark honed his trade as General Manager at one of the best restorers of classic cars, P&A Wood, rebuilding some of the most desirable Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars to world beating concours condition. Since joining CKL full-time he has been re-organising our workshops and oversees all operational matters.

  • 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.

  • Tom Robins

    Storage, Media, and Motorsport/Project Administration

    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 media, and motorsport/project administration.


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