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About Lou Guthry Motors

My interest in motor cars dates back to the early 60s when at 16 I found myself looking at the latest edition of Modern Motor magazine. I used to dream about one day owning an E-Type or a Mk 2 at a time when our family car was a Holden FC. The clincher for me was riding in my tutor’s car when after my lesson he would drive me to scouts, his vehicle of choice was a Jaguar Mk 2 3.8, what a machine! The Mk 2 was smooth, powerful and compared to our FC, it was something out of this world. The colour was white with red leather interior, I was hooked and today that is still my favourite colour combination.

In 1975 I began in the motor industry at Reg Hunt Holden and by 1980 I had founded Lou Guthry Motors. Since the late 70's the motor industry has changed dramatically, the internet has had the biggest impact. Our domain is now our showroom and thousands of people visit each day. Here you can browse our stock of preloved classics, read our news articles and watch film clips. You can also connect and chat directly with us on facebook, twitter, youtube and instagram or sign up to receive our newsletters. We also developed an online store and offer handmade Moto-Lita steering wheels, Zymöl car care, Gliptone leather care, Dunlop wire wheels and Dents leather driving gloves among a range of other products and motoring accessories.

As always though if you are driving past and our garage door is up, feel free to pop in to our warehouse located at 31a Roberna St Moorabbin 3189 and have a chat.

Below Watch: Guthry's Garage Episode 1. The aim of this series is to take you inside Lou Guthry Motors, highlight what we do and how we do it...


“I could not let my recent purchasing experience go by without penning by my only social medium what a very satisfying experience it was inspecting, purchasing and finally driving away in the XKR last weekend. You have a boutique business and an eye for sourcing Jaguars that are exceptional in condition and provenance and taking them to new car showroom standard with the detailing resources at your fingertips. Your website is 5 star which simplified my questions on visiting your premises. I had been researching the XJS series but was a swift convert to the XKR thanks to your warm and professional approach. Buying on the spot without a test drive is something I have not done before! The handover was seamless and I know I have bought well which goes a long way with the pride of owning a modern classic. Regards and thank you, Peter – Melbourne Vic.

"Hi Lou and Nick, thank you for providing the opportunity for the public and members alike to appreciate that Jaguars are available pre loved at our Annual Concours and Display day on November 20th last at Wesley College, Glen Waverley. As this was our 60th Anniversary year it meant a great deal to us to have you on our team. Although the weather was against us the day was successful due in no small measure to your support. We really appreciate your participation and all at the Jaguar Car Club of Victoria extend to you and yours best wishes." Geoff Hergt - Jaguar Car Club of Victoria President and Concours Director 2022

"Hi Lou and Nick, thank you so much for the car. It is excellent. First hundred miles drive yesterday and couldn’t be happier. Now I’ve finally found the fuse box (love the swing down dash panel) I’ll attend to a few things like dash and indicator warning light bulbs and finally found the radio fuse behind the normal fuses, today. Just found the article about the three 420s in the Jaguar magazine. What a nice surprise. It uses less fuel than my 3 litre Rover which was a big surprise. Again, many thanks." Glenn Amer - Goulburn, NSW

"Dear Uncle Lou, today we went on a holiday! We went up to Wallen, then Romsey, then Woodend, and then back home. My new dad had to replace one of my wiper blades, because the old one decided it didn't like me any more and wanted to live on the road in Romsey. A bus load of Japanese tourists took photos of us while he did. Nevertheless we all had great fun roaring around the countryside together and I really enjoyed going for a gallop. Hope you had a nice day too. Kindest regards x" Miss Brown - 1965 Jaguar Mk 2 3.4 Manual Overdrive

"From our first enquiry through to gliding away in our new S-Type Jaguar, dealing with Lou Guthry Motors was truly the most pleasurable car buying experience we have ever had. Lou Guthry and his son Nick are warm, professional, accommodating, and never pushy. Lou’s genuine love of Jaguars is quietly infectious, and he clearly enjoys matching people with the right car. We look forward to many years of happy Jaguaring in our modern classic and highly recommend Lou Guthry Motors to other driving enthusiasts looking for their special drive."

Sandi and Glenn Wallace - Mount Dandenong, Vic.

"Hi Lou, just a text to thank you. The car is everything you said it was, a smooth trip up the M1 motorway yesterday making it a delight to drive. The items on the mechanical report are nothing major, its a beautiful car. For a car dealer, you're an old school gentleman that values honestly. Thanks again" Richard - Lemon Tree Passage, NSW

"Hi Lou, thank you for sending through your monthly newsletters. You always present your cars so beautifully. My very first Jaguar was a 1973 Series 1 XJ6 with Smiths after market Air-conditioning fitted. I purchased it in 1986 from a Melbourne based car club member. It was a brilliant car, super comfortable and drove as though it was on rails. I regret selling it. Unfortunately I was bitten by the Jaguar bug and have owned Jaguars and Daimlers ever since. Keep up the great work with newsletters and well done for keeping the Jaguar marque alive and well through your sales and promotions.” Ted - Brisbane, QLD

"I spoke with Lou several times before flying down to Melbourne to pick up the vehicle and on all occasions, Lou could have not been more personable and co-operative. He supplied informed and relevant responses to any and all of my questions both about the car and the intricacies of purchasing inter-state. Upon collection of the car both he and his son could not have been more polite and accommodating. He had prepared all the paperwork etc. in advance to save us precious time and had fully prepared and serviced the vehicle for us to drive back to Sydney. I would without hesitation recommend Lou and his team to anyone interested in the acquisition of a quality classic Jag." David Metcalf - Harrington Park, NSW

“After almost precisely three months to the day that the Mark X left you, she arrived here at her new home in Northern Ireland. The shipping company seem to have done a good job as she has arrived showing no ill effects and no damage. I have had a good poke around and as far as I can tell it is exactly as you described and I am very pleased with it. I reckon it is precisely what I hoped for and I’m looking forward to spending the next few years gradually improving it. I want to thank you for all your help, It was a pleasure to do business with you and it is clearly evident that honesty and integrity is central to your business. Once again thank you for all your help and I wish you continued success in the future.” Aiden McAlister - Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Below Watch: Our 1963 Jaguar Mk X 3.8L Manual Overdrive arriving in Northern Ireland...

"Based in the United States we ordered some stickers from Lou Guthry Motors that I could not find anywhere else. We initially had an issue with the shipment that was not their fault but they immediately made it right no questions asked! Then when I finally received the stickers they were amazing and just as described. Awesome stickers, awesome company!" Chris - Oregon, United States

"Dear Lou, I must thank you for the wonderful 1997 XK8 that I purchased from you. A truly beautiful car, well maintained by the previous owner and made all the better by your exacting quality control. You made a gem into a sparkling diamond. All the little things I wanted attended to you did without hesitation. The compliments that I have received from many people about the XK8 have been overwhelming. I tell people I had nothing to do with it, It was Lou Guthry Quality Used Cars. I am so taken by your professional approach to selling, I didn’t even need to consider test driving the car before it was delivered to my home in Sydney. I thank you once again for a first class product and I would recommend to any person looking for a quality used Jaguar or indeed any other make of car, If you purchase from Lou Guthry Motors you will own and drive a superb automobile." Jim Foster - Marrickville, NSW

“If you read no further, read this – Lou Guthry & Son are Number One. They need not a complaints department, doubt they ever get any, however they certainly need to expand their praise department. In brief, I recently purchased a love at first sight XJ8 which feels and looks like it came off the production line yesterday. My son Matthew collected it and drove it to Tasmania and handed it reluctantly to Dad. It arrived with a non-functioning Aerial and with one call to Lou who said, “that’s no good” immediately despatched a new one - gratis. The secret is to never buy a new Jaguar, wait a few years, save $100K and buy a used one from Lou Guthry for a fifth of the original price, no one will know the difference. The best Jaguar spare parts shop is just up the road from his showroom in Victoria. I mentioned to Lou over the phone when I first spoke after seeing his web site that the rumour in our Family was that I had either been conceived in the Wool Shed or in the back of Dad’s Jag. Lou without hesitation said “What model was it?” I responded “a Mk 5”, Lou said, “Oh yes they had plenty of room in the back seat.” Only a true heritage Australian could have so responded.” Rev. Dr. Bruce Kimberley Lowndes - St Helens, Tas.

"Thoroughly professional, friendly and genuine. A pleasure to deal with and very happy with my XK8!" Tony - Hobart, Tas.

"Lou, It’s not often people take the time to praise someone’s service, care and attention, more often than not time is spent criticising or complaining. Having spotted a desirable vehicle advertised for sale at Lou Guthry Motors, I initially made some preliminary enquiries via email and phone. Lou was polite and very honest in his description of the vehicle. He didn’t attempt to pressure me in any way and left me to consider the information he provided. An independent inspection of the vehicle was arranged with Lou’s full co-operation (as I am located in another State). The multitude of phone calls, emails and resultant negotiations were all handled professionally and promptly. Lou arranged transportation arrangements and followed through on all commitments given. It is a rare occasion when you encounter such an honest and receptive person such as Lou, especially in the motor trade. I would thoroughly recommend Lou to anyone seeking a genuine and honestly described classic vehicle." Shane Miller - Alderley, Qld.

“People don’t always link the words “Used car Salesman” with too many other positive thoughts but I would like to say that you deserve my trust and positive thoughts in the good relationship we have established since I first met you and through the purchasing process of my 2005 Jaguar S-Type which was immaculately presented. In addition to enjoying our conversations on many matters I found you to be scrupulously fair in the purchasing process, reasonable in the negotiations and very supportive in resolving some of the problems that have occurred with the vehicle. You have gone a long way further than any “used car salesman” would and acted in the most professional manner. In conclusion I have found you to be a trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional Jaguar dealer and a likeable friend. I would recommend you most highly to any other customers.” John Walker - Toolong, Vic.

"I bought my Sebring Red XJ-S from Lou Guthry so I can personally vouch for the no-pressure sales and great service. Lou went out of his way to describe the car accurately as I was an interstate buyer and he listed all the features and the (few) minor blemishes and when the car arrived in W.A. it was exactly as described." Dave - The Jaguar Mk10 & 420G Owners Symposium

"We had some recent dealings which impressed me with your integrity and industry knowledge. Although I didn't purchase my Jaguar from Lou Guthry Motors, that was solely due to the fact that another dealer happened to have one in stock that better suited my needs. You took it on the chin, and continued to be affable and courteous. In fact, you helped me source a leaping Jaguar, missing from the bonnet of my purchase, and gave me some tips that will help me enjoy Jacinta, my Jag. If I get another car, which will of course be a Jaguar, you will certainly be a prime port of call." Ian Turley - Melbourne, Vic.

"We would just like to say how well you both looked after us. You did such a fine job when dealing with the car, we did not feel at all pressured. Dealers rarely do it that way, throughout we felt comfortable and at ease, so thank you very much. Since I was a boy I wanted a Jaguar and that’s a long wait! I’ll be back with the XK 150." Alan and Susan - Melbourne, Vic.

Located in Moorabbin Victoria, Lou Guthry Motors has become synonymous with Purr-fect Jaguars. Here you will always find an outstanding array of classic and modern vehicles that document the history of this amazing marque.

With over 35 years experience in the motor industry, Lou Guthry Motors became involved in the marque as a way to indulge a passion for the Jaguar brand. We always have an excellent selection of Jaguars and, occasionally, other classic vehicles. Our showroom is a must-see for any Jaguar fan.