Jaguar Heritage Display
A new display area was created in July 2012 to house a collection of ten vehicles representing some of Jaguar’s finest sports and racing cars. The vehicles are owned by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and were transferred from Jaguar Heritage’s former museum at Browns Lane, Coventry. The display enables visitors to the Heritage Motor Centre and fans of Jaguar to continue to see and admire these beautiful iconic models.
This exciting selection ranges from a 1938 SS100 to a Jaguar Formula One racer from the 2002 season. Other models include the record breaking 1951 XK 120 that was driven continuously for seven days and seven nights at Monthléry, the 1954 D-type and 1988 XJR-9 Le Mans cars, the unique XJ13 and the XJ220 concept car. Also on display are a Jaguar Mark ll (Coombs), E-type Group 44 and XJS TWR. Many of the models are original and fully operational, just as they left the factory, and several of them make regular appearances at classic car events around the world.
The vehicle display is supplemented by two trophy cabinets containing a selection of cups, medals and other awards gained by Jaguar over its many years in competition. These include trophies from Jaguar’s successful campaigns in the Alpine and Monte Carlo rallies as well as in the Production Touring Cars series and the famous Le Mans 24 hour race. There is also a video wall playing a compilation of film clips charting Jaguar’s motorsport history from the late 1940s with the XK 120 to the 1990s with the XJR-14, and the walls are dressed with a number of historical still images from the same period.
The collection represents an exciting addition from one of Britain’s most iconic marques to the Heritage Motor Centre’s already comprehensive display of classic British cars.
The vehicles on display are just a small selection from Jaguar Heritage’s collection of over 140 classic Jaguar, Swallow, SS, Daimler and Lanchester cars. Further information about some of the other vehicles in the collection can be found on the Jaguar Heritage website. In addition, Jaguar Heritage has put together a ‘virtual tour’ of its former museum at Browns Lane in Coventry, which allows web visitors to re-live the experience of going to the museum and looking at the cars and other items on display. The virtual tour comprises 360° panoramic views from 7 different vantage points with hotspots to provide further information about the 29 cars and other items on display. In addition there are two interior panoramas to give an impression of what it is like sitting in the driver’s seat of the unique Jaguar XJ13 or in the rear of the 1957 Jaguar Mark Vll formerly used by HRH The Queen Mother! Visit the Jaguar Heritage website to take the virtual tour.