Jaguar confirms there are no plans to re-open museum

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Jaguar has confirmed that there are currently no plans to reopen its heritage centre after it closes in September.

Although the company pledges to continue to keep the cars in the public eye, and especially at high-profile events such as Goodwood and the Mille Miglia, a publicly accessible museum is definitely not on the cards at the moment.

A spokesman dismissed as "pure speculation" suggestions that the 150-strong collection would be moved into the nearby Coventry Transport Museum, however.

It has long been known that Jaguar would have to close the facility this year as part of its running down of the famous Browns Lane site, but many enthusiasts assumed that it would relocate immediately. That is now confirmed not to be the case for the foreseeable future.

The spokesman did stress that the company is aware of the demand and was not ruling out reopening the museum in the future when a suitable site became available.

He added: "It is an important collection and though there are no immediate plans to relocate it to a similar facility, as far as we are concerned our Heritage Centre is not closing at all – it is business as usual.

"In fact, there are very exciting plans for the collection in terms of activity, even if  there isn't going to be a central museum for the moment."

Many famous cars are currently housed in the museum between their forays to events, ranging from NUB 120, the ex-Appleyard 1950 XK120, and the 1966 XJ13, to C-, D- and E-types.

In 2009, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust an independent educational charity that housed the vehicles, changed its name to Jaguar Heritage.

At that point, some 43 cars from from the collection were sold at auction and the museum became open to the public five days a week.

Comments

julianem

Just 1 of every Jaguar ever made, beautifully and airily displayed please Mr Tata.

Thank you.

- The Ghost of Sir William Lyons

julianem

I agree. Big shed. Interesting cars. How hard is it?

JM

kinggazza

Typical contempt shown by car manufacturers today with not a jot of concern for the motoring public that have patronised the Jaguar marque over many years.
In the scheme of things it cannot cost an awful lot to re-house these vehicles.
This is not the way to treat loyal customers.
Mr Lyons should turn in his grave.

Hadders

It would be interesting to know what the famous names who were conected to Jaguar, the Moss's, Dewis's etc. think of this misguided move.

So far there has been no comment from them. I suppose they can access these beautiful cars whenever they like without having to contend with Joe Public being in their way. Come on lads, let's hear your view on this.

Regards, A Jaguar enthusiast & owner for over 55 years.

patriciaclark11...

This indeed is very bad news that Jaguar is closing its museum for public. The old models like Mark2 and XK120 are worth seeing. But as mentioned by the spokesperson that the models will be displayed in important and high profile events, so still there is hope for all Jaguar lovers.
Fox racing 2012

classic-car-driver

On no, the suits are here. Mr McConomy (a name to conjure with if ever there was one...) is referring to "the Jaguar brand". It's not a 'brand' dear boy, it's a 'marque'. Coca-Cola, Hotpoint, Heinz are "brands". It's not just about selling stuff, it's about rather more than that. If you cannot grasp that point, maybe it's time to go and work for one of your beloved "brands".

Some others may recall that in the bad old days of British Leyland the phone at Jaguar was answered with the term "British Leyland large cars" and we all know what happened next...

Peter_Mouldweb

It is a pity that the museum is not going to reopen as it would definitely deprive members of the public who are keen enthusiasts from admiring Jaguar's history and vintage collection. I think all car manufacturers should in fact have a heritage museum for enthusiasts to learn about their history and appreciate their favorite makers since they first joined the industry til their newest car model. The BMW museum in Berlin is a fine example that allows their fans to have their fair share of their history and continuing progress.

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Best regards / Peter Mould / pmwltd

Zagato

Calm down everyone, a little birdie tells me that Mr Tata and the bigwigs at Jaguar have been very stung by the storm of outrage on the internet about the closure of the JDHT museum. The good news is that plans are now afoot to open a new Jaguar wing at Gaydon. Watch this space...

Zagato

Willium

Why such decision Jaguar take! The museum will be better for both the company and customer in financially as well as for business purpose.  

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