Heritage Jaguars moved to Gaydon


Some of Jaguar’s finest sports and racing cars will be on display at the Heritage Motor Centre from 21 July.

The impressive collection includes a 1938 SS100, a 1951 XK120 that set a number of speed and distance records by being driven continuously for seven days and seven nights at Montlhéry, a 1954 D-type and a 1988 XJR-9 Le Mans car.

The monstrous Group 44 E-type (above) will also be on display, along with a Coombs Mk2.

Fans of modern machinery, meanwhile, are catered for with an XJ220 concept car and a Formula 1 Jaguar from the 2000 season.

Tim Bryan, head of collections & interpretation at Gaydon said: “We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at Jaguar Heritage and showcasing this amazing collection of vehicles for visitors to enjoy and admire.”



Sad really ....

Jaguars have been built at Browns Lane, Coventry since 1951. Legendary historics such as the C-Types, D-Types, E-Types, XJ13 etc were all built there. Since 2005 the only presence on the site has been the Jaguar Heritage Trust Museum. So sad that Jaguar Cars saw fit to sell the land the museum sits on for yet another housing development and turn their backs on a significant part of Jaguar's heritage and history. The museum closes in a few weeks with no sign of a replacement.

A few cars will be farmed out and displayed at Gaydon as indicated above and some more at the Coventry Museum of Transport.

Would the likes of Daimler-Benz, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche have contemplated doing something similar to an important part of their heritage?

Building the Legend


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