Coventry Transport Museum to embrace Jaguar temple

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 July 2013

Beginning with the Swallow Side-car of 84 years ago and zipping through Mark V, Mark VII and E-type models among 17 exhibits, a new display at Coventry Transport Museum will honour the vehicular sleekness of Jaguar in the car giant’s "spiritual home".

A photo of a classic white car in a desert
An example of the XK150, made by Jaguar between 1957 and 1961, will take star billing in a new gallery dedicated to the car manufacturer in Coventry© Jaguar Heritage
With a focus on history and technical innovation, the Jaguar Heritage Gallery will be lined with classic cars and new designs. It is expected to open at the end of July.

“We know that visitors are going to love it,” reckons Gary Hall, the museum’s Chief Executive, who says curators are “thrilled” to have procured the “iconic and inspirational” collection, having been chosen by organisers of the Jaguar Heritage group.

“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.”

Mike Beasley, the Vice-chair of Jaguar Heritage Trustees, says planners are “delighted” to have finalised a long-mooted project.

“The new gallery will tell the story of Jaguar’s fascinating evolution, from its humble beginnings to the world class car manufacturer it is today,” he added.

“Coventry is Jaguar’s spiritual home. It is fitting that there should be a dedicated Jaguar gallery in the city’s famous Transport Museum.”

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The E-Type© Jaguar Heritage
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The 1928 Swallow Model 4 Torpedo Sidecar and the 1925 Brough Superior B© Jaguar Heritage
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