William (Catman Bill) Welsh has always had a fascination for Jaguar automobiles since he was a teenager and saw one parked along the street in Steubenville, Ohio. In the early 1960ís Bill and his father purchased a Jaguar to restore. At the time, Jaguar parts (along with parts for any foreign car) were difficult to find. Especially since Steubenville was a major steel making center, everyone drove domestic cars.
Bill, being the tenacious spirit that he is, didnít let the scarcity of Jaguar parts stop him. He would sift through the pages of Hemmings Motor News to look for the parts that he needed. Bill would also place small ads looking for particular parts. When Bill had extra parts, he would also advertise them in order to continue to fund his restoration project. Eventually, Bill became known as the Jaguar parts man and dealers would offer him their redundant stock so they could free up space in their dealership. Other opportunities arose when dealers would close up or lose their Jaguar franchise and Bill was able to acquire more and more Jaguar parts.
Although Bill worked for Weirton Steel and his wife, Juanita taught nursing at the local Community College, they would store parts in their garage and package parts in the evenings to ship to other Jaguar enthusiast. After 14 years of working in the steel mill, in 1968, Bill and Juanita decided that there was an opportunity to make a living by selling Jaguar parts and Bill left the mill and started pursuing the Jaguar parts business full time.
After a few years of running Welsh Enterprises from their garage, Bill moved the business to a small shop on North 5th Street in Steubenville (a mere 5 blocks from our current location). After about fifteen years of growth in that location, there was just no more room to operate. As it happened, a perfect location became available at 223 N 5th Street. Bill and Juanita were able to purchase this building and move the operation to this larger, more comfortable and organized facility in the mid 1980ís.
Shortly after that in the early 1990ís, Welsh Enterprises became a licensed salvage dealer and now operates the largest Jaguar only salvage yard in the country.
Due to the passion, persistence and dedication of Bill and Juanita Welsh, Welsh Enterprises is now the largest independent supplier of Jaguar parts in the country. Welsh Enterprises carries new old stock parts, reproduction parts, rebuilt parts and used parts. If there is something you need for your Jaguar, whether it is an XK120, 140 or 150, or MK sedan from the 1950ís or a modern X-Type or S-Type, the chances are good that Welsh Enterprises can supply what you need.
For any questions on the website or if you need a part you don't see here email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-875-5247.
- E-Type Series I
- E-Type Series I 1/2
- E-Type Series II
- E-Type Series III
- MK Sedans
- XJ6 (1970-1974)
- XJ6 (1975-1979)
- XJ6 (1980-1987)