MUSEUM DISPLAYS OF JAGUAR HERITAGE TRUST CARS

Vehicles from the Jaguar Heritage Trust Collection can be seen at two locations in the Midlands - the Coventry Transport Museum in the centre of the city and also at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire. See below for further details.

Coventry Transport Museum

The Jaguar Heritage Gallery at the Coventry Transport Museum was officially opened on August 1 2013 by Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ralf Speth.

At the opening ceremony, he also presented the first production example of Jaguar's new F-TYPE sports car to the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

 

The Jaguar Gallery at Coventry Transport Museum is titled ‘The Jaguar Story – A History of Design and Technical Innovation’ and is split into five sections:

'The Early Years' (1920s to 1940s)

'The Post War Boom and Glamorous 50s'

'The Swinging 60s'

'Growth and Consolidation' (70s to 00s)

'Jaguar Present and Future' (2005 and on..)

To take a virtual tour of the new gallery, click here (opens in new window).  The Jaguar Gallery was chosen by Google to pilot its recent extension of 'street view' to cover interior views as well.

In addition to the stunning collection of seventeen cars covering ten decades of Jaguar and the role of the company in Coventry history, the Gallery also references the many technological and design innovations behind these great vehicles.

Contemporary storyboards, archive film clips and spectacular imagery complement the sequential journey through the gallery, with historic artefacts to further illustrate Jaguar’s rich heritage.

The vehicles on display range from a 1928 Blackpool built Swallow Sidecar up to the very latest 2013 F-TYPE first production car. The line-up also includes:

Early Years - 1928 Austin 7 Swallow, 1935 SS Airline, 1937 SS Jaguar 2½ litre

Post War Boom - 1949 Jaguar Mark V, 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC, 1956 Jaguar Mark VllM, 1958 XK150 FHC

Swinging 60s - 1963 Mark X, 1967 E-type OTS, 1969 Jaguar 240, 1969 XJ6 Series 1

Growth and Consolidation - 1975 XJS V12 Coupé, 1996 XK8 Coupé, 1998 S-TYPE

Present and Future - 2010 C-X75 Concept Car, 2013 F-TYPE Convertible

For further information and details of opening hours, directions etc. please visit the Coventry Transport Museum website by clicking here.


British Motor Museum

A further 8 vehicles from the Trust's collection can be seen in a special Jaguar Zone at the British Motor Museum which re-opened on February 13, 2016 following an extensive refurbishment.

The display showcases some of Jaguar’s finest sports and racing cars and the core vehicles regularly on display* range from the famous 1950 Jaguar XK120 'NUB 120' through to the 1988 Le Mans winning Jaguar XJR-9.

BMM display 1
BMM display 2

Other models include a 1953 Jaguar C-type, the only surviving D-type prototype from 1954 and the unique XJ13 - the only one of its kind in existence.  Also on regular display* are the 1974 Group 44 E-type, mighty 1986 Broadspeed XJ12 Coupé and 1983 TWR XJS race cars.

The majority of these vehicles are very original and are maintained in full working order.


The vehicle display is supplemented by five 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 unique collection of nine quarter scale replicas of Jaguar’s various XJR Group C racers from the 1980s and 90s mounted on the banner above the display area.

BMM trophy cabs

CC exterior

In addition to the vehicles in the Jaguar zone, a further 60 vehicles from the Trust's collection can be viewed in the new Collections Centre building.

These range from a 1907 Daimler TP35 through to a 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport that was the last XF (X250) to be produced.  In between these bookends is a fascinating array of vehicles that includes many unique concept cars as well as examples of most key Jaguar production models from the last 80 years. Many of these vehicles have not been on public display before.

For further information and details of opening hours, directions etc. please visit the British Motor Museum website by clicking here.

* As the Jaguar Heritage Trust’s vehicles are very much a living collection, they are frequently out and about at classic car events in the UK and abroad, particularly during the summer season.  Consequently the display of cars at the BMM changes quite frequently but wherever possible the gaps are filled with other vehicles that are associated with Jaguar’s motorsport past. To find out if a particular car is going to be on display at any given time, please contact the Jaguar Heritage Trust by e-mail to enquiries@jaguarheritage.com or by calling 024 7656 4431.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE JAGUAR HERITAGE MUSEUM AT BROWNS LANE CLOSED IN 2012. The Jaguar Heritage Trust team is now located in new premises - for details of our new address and contact phone numbers, please select 'Contact Us' from the drop down list on the middle button of the top menu bar. 

To enable our website visitors to continue to enjoy the experience of visiting the Browns Lane Museum as it was in July 2012, we have put together a VIRTUAL TOUR.  The tour provides 360 degree 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!

To take the Virtual Tour, please click on the picture opposite. We hope that you will enjoy your visit.