Welcome to Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s new headquarters in the UK the Willy Wonka type factory for the Jaguar Land Rover enthusiasts.
The new site in Coventry – which cost £7 million to create – is officially the world’s largest classic car sales, manufacturing and restoration facility of its kind, says the UK manufacturer.
- Housing over 500 classic collection models including; Land Rovers, Jaguar XJ220s, D-Types and Mk1s
- Public tours of the Classic Works centre will be available from September along with driving experiences
- A second location will be opened in Essen Germany later this year.
It launched its Classic Division just a year ago, and has embarked upon recreating some of its most memorable models, and last month opened a new “Classic Works” facility at Jaguar’s historic home in Coventry, England.
It is said to be “the world’s largest classic car sales, manufacturing and restoration facility of its kind,” the 14,000 sq metre facility includes a showroom and 54 workshop bays in a setup likened to a major dealership. But instead of selling and servicing new cars, Classic Works focuses on vintage & classics.
The restoration of Land Rover Series I, Range Rover Classic, Jaguar E-Type, and Jaguar XKSS models will all take place there, under the same roof as the company’s collection of over 500 classic vehicles.
“Classic Works is hugely important to Jaguar Land Rover. It’s much more than a building – it’s the heart, and soul, of Jaguar Land Rover Classic for our clients worldwide,” said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director John Edwards. “Being able to support owners and enthusiasts of our two great brands with a full suite of services for classic vehicles is a fantastic opportunity.”
Every vehicle that passes through its gates will be subject to a rigorous 121-point inspection and be signed off on by chief test driver Andy Wallace, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Jaguar in 1988. All told, 80 employees will be based there, a count set to grow to 120 by the end of this year.
Enthusiasts will be able to borrow classic cars from the facility to experience at nearby locations, and tour both the factory and the Classic Works premises, making the new site another must see for car fans living in or visiting the UK Midlands region.