Jaguar Heritage to debut at classic car show

The recently established Jaguar Heritage division is due to make its debut public appearance at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.

Taking place from Friday to Sunday this week, the Jaguar Heritage team will be displaying its current capabilities as well as the vision for the future of Jaguar Heritage.

Announced earlier in the year, the doors on Jaguar’s new Heritage workshop officially opened early in September, which is where the main body of work undertaken by the new team will be done.

Staffed by long-time Jaguar employees, the new Heritage team has been designed to restore, repair and maintain Jaguar’s classic models, as well as to produce highly exclusive reproductions of historic Jags.

Jaguar E-Type

The first of these will be Jaguar’s new reproduction of the legendary Lightweight E-Type racer, with the prototype model due for display at the motor show this weekend.

A total of six Lightweight E-Type models have been carefully constructed to exact historic specifications and have been painstakingly crafted to be as close to the originals as possible.

Originally built in the 1960s, 18 Lightweight E-Type models were supposed to be built, but only a total of 12 ever made production. This makes them some of the most highly sought-after classic cars on earth.

According to Jaguar, the six reproductions have been designed to fill in for the “missing” cars that never saw production, and will even carry original chassis numbers.

Jaguar’s stand at the motor show will also include a number of D-Type models, which will include the famous “Short Nose” D-Type which achieved legendary success at Le Mans during the 1950s.

Heritage driving experience

As well as that, the car show will also coincide with the launch of Jaguar’s new Heritage Driving Experience, which has been set up at a 200-acre test facility in Warwickshire.

The experience gives visitors the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of Jaguar’s most famous models, including everything from post-war racers to the latest high-performance sports models.

Jaguar’s Heritage team has been created as an offshoot of the company’s new Special Operations Division, which was officially launched earlier this year in June.

As well as the Heritage team, the Division also has three other teams that will focus on high-performance cars, bespoke vehicles and branded apparel and goods.

Based at an all-new site in Ryton, the Division will oversee the building of vehicles including the E-Type reproductions and the new Range Rover Sport SVR.