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Jaguar Heritage gallery to open at Coventry Transport Museum

19 June 2013

It was announced today that a new Jaguar Heritage gallery is to open at Coventry Transport Museum, featuring 17 vehicles from the Jaguar Heritage collection.

The gallery, which is set to open in July 2013, will be situated on the first floor of Coventry Transport Museum, and will be based on the theme ‘Jaguar – a History of Design and Technical Innovation’.  The exhibition will cover the period from the Swallow Sidecar Company of 1922 through to the present day, and will also include a look to the future.  The 17 vehicles set to go on display have been chosen to illustrate some of the defining moments in Jaguar’s illustrious history and will be complemented by displays of archive images, specially designed historical display panels and digital information pods.  The vehicles will range from a 1928 Swallow Side-car to one of the latest concept cars from Jaguar Design and will include many iconic models from the intervening years including Mark V, Mark Vll, Mark 2 and XJ saloons as well as XK120, XK150, E-type, XJS and XK8 sports cars.

This new exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum will complement a display of sports and racing cars from the Jaguar Heritage Collection, which opened at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Summer 2012.

Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Coventry Transport Museum said:

“We are thrilled that the trustees of Jaguar Heritage have chosen Coventry Transport Museum to display some of the most iconic and inspirational vehicles from the Jaguar collection, and we are very pleased that the new exhibition will be open in time for the summer holidays.  Coventry Transport Museum proudly tells the story of our city’s unique motoring heritage, to almost half a million visitors each year, and this new exhibition dedicated to one of Coventry’s most famous motoring brands will add a fantastic and perfectly placed new dimension to the museum.  Most importantly, we know that visitors are going to love it.”

Mike Beasley, Vice-chair of Jaguar Heritage Trustees said:

“Coventry is Jaguar’s spiritual home and it is fitting that there should be a dedicated Jaguar gallery in the city’s famous Transport Museum.  The Jaguar Heritage Trustees have been working closely with the Coventry Transport Museum management for some time and we are delighted that this project is now going ahead.  The new gallery will tell the story of Jaguar’s fascinating evolution from its humble beginnings making sidecars to the world class car manufacturer it is today.  It will complement the display we already have at the Heritage Motor Centre and will mean that visitors to the area will have access to an even wider range of vehicles from our historic collection.”

Work on the new Jaguar Heritage gallery at Coventry Transport Museum is now underway, and it is scheduled to open in July 2013.  Admission to Coventry Transport Museum is FREE of charge.

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