The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Archive reflects a rich and diverse history dating back more than a century to the dawn of British motoring in the 1890s.

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Archive collects and provides access to the unique historical records and artefacts of Jaguar, Swallow, SS, Daimler and Lanchester marques to ensure that these fascinating records are preserved and enjoyed for future generations.

The Archive collection includes original product and build related documentation and the business records of Jaguar and its predecessor companies. Since the first SS cars in 1931, every single car has been recorded and the Car Record Books of SS and Jaguar cars, together with some early Swallow-bodied models and many Daimlers through to the 1980s are found in the Archive.

The Archive houses collections of technical literature such as handbooks, service manuals and parts lists as well as collections of sales brochures, magazines and other promotional material.

The Archive ensures that the achievements Sir William Lyons and the many other people who made Jaguar what it is will never be forgotten. The Archive proudly preserves the records of Jaguar’s achievements in the world of motor sport, including events such as Le Mans.

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Archive contains an extensive photographic and film collection covering all aspects of the marques from the 1930s to present day.

Services Available:

Heritage Certificates: This is a “birth certificate” for your Jaguar or Daimler. The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Archive can provide you with a certified copy of your vehicle’s entry from the original build ledger. Customers can order a Heritage Certificate for their Jaguar or Daimler by applying online. Click here for further details.

Paint Codes: If you would like to restore your vehicle back to the original colour as per the manufacturer’s build records or there is a certain Jaguar paint colour you are interested in the Archive team can provide the paint code. Click here for further details.

Chassis Numbers: The Archive can provide chassis number data to assist with the identification of vehicles exempt from UK vehicle excise duty. Click here for further details.

Photographic Service: The Archive are happy to supply high-quality prints or digital copies of many of our images, for personal and commercial use. Please contact our Photographic Archivist on media@jaguarheritage.com. Please note that charges will apply for this service.

Film & Video Service: The Archive are happy to provide archive film and video material covering the history of Jaguar Cars Ltd. and its product range from the 1930s to the 1990s. Please contact film@jaguarheritage.com. Please note that charges will apply for this service.

Research Enquiry: If you want to ask a question about your vehicle, you can submit a Research Enquiry to our Archive department. Please click here for further details. Please note that charges will apply for this service.

Personal Research: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Archive is based at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The Archive welcome researchers who would like to visit and enjoy the wide selection of Jaguar related literature on our open-shelves or to consult original archival material. Please see our Personal Research page for details of visiting and consulting catalogued collections.

All income generated from these and other archive services are put towards the work of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust in its role of preserving the heritage of Jaguar and its predecessor companies for the future.