Classic car lovers, if you’re planning a trip to the UK soon, here’s something to include in your travel itinerary.
Jaguar Land Rover has opened its all-new facility in the British Midlands that’s dedicated to its classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Called Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and located at Ryton-on-Dunsmore in Coventry, the site will offer a range of products and services for classic car owners, including sales, servicing and restoration operations.
Spanning 14,000sq-m — the largest of its type in the world — the facility boasts a dedicated showroom space and 54 workshop bays for servicing and restoring various models under both brands that have been out of production for a decade or more. That includes models from XK120 to XK8, and Series Land Rovers to Discovery and Freelander models from the 1990s. The space will also house the Jaguar Land Rover Classic collection of over 500 vehicles, which will also be available for loan to car clubs and museums, or to showcase their heritage at events.
Says Tim Hanning, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic: “There are more than 1.5 million classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in existence worldwide and we are investing in traditional manufacturing and restoration skills to ensure enthusiasts are able to give cars with a glorious past, a glorious future.”
Additionally, the company has also appointed 1988 Jaguar Le Mans winner Andy Wallace as chief test driver for its vehicle programmes, in which he will road-test Jaguar Classic-built Legends cars before they are handed to clients.
Now here’s the cool part. Come September, the public will be able to experience guided tours of the Classic Works factory on selected days throughout the year. Whether you’re a Jaguar or Land Rover fan, the three-hour tour is sure to excite.
Quick, make reservations now.