Jaguar opens new £7m clas­sic works

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new clas­sic fa­cil­ity in Coven­try, ded­i­cated to sales ser­vic­ing, and the restora­tion of clas­sic Jaguars and Land Rovers.

The new works, said to be the largest fa­cil­ity of its kind, fea­tures a work­shop with 54 ser­vic­ing and re­pair bays. The JLR Clas­sic Col­lec­tion – a 500-strong se­lec­tion of JLR’s back cat­a­logue – will also be based there.

The work­shop is sep­a­rated into three zones – strip-down, re­man­u­fac­tur­ing, and assem­bly. Re­pair and main­te­nance is avail­able for all mod­els that have been out of pro­duc­tion for ten years or more, with restora­tion prices ne­go­tiable with JLR.

The num­ber of skilled staff em­ployed by the clas­sic busi­ness has risen 100 per cent since it was formed in March 2016, to sup­port the need for tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing skills. How­ever, the clas­sic op­er­a­tion will also use cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy such as 3D scan­ning and Com­puter Aided De­sign, to al­low re-tool­ing of parts for cars like the Jaguar E-type and Range Rover Clas­sic.

JLR clas­sic di­rec­tor, Tim Han­nig, says: ‘Our peo­ple, their knowl­edge and their skills are the heart of Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic. There are more than 1.5 mil­lion clas­sic Jaguar and Land Rover ve­hi­cles world­wide, and we are in­vest­ing in tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing and restora­tion skills to en­sure that en­thu­si­asts are able to give cars with a glo­ri­ous past, a glo­ri­ous fu­ture.’

1988 Le Mans win­ner, Andy Wal­lace, has been named as chief test driver – road test­ing re­born cars like the Jaguar E-type, D-type, and XKSS, be­fore they are de­liv­ered to cus­tomers. Vis­i­tors and car clubs will also be able to visit and ex­plore the new fa­cil­ity. Prices start from £49 for a three-hour tour, with tours start­ing in Septem­ber.

JLR spe­cial op­er­a­tions manag­ing di­rec­tor, John Ed­wards, says: ‘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.

‘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.’ ex­pe­ri­ence.jaguar.com/clas­sic­works-tour

JLR’s new fa­cil­ity caters for cars that have been out of pro­duc­tion for more than ten years.

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