Jaguar Land Rover is getting serious about its classic cars and SUVs. It launched its Classic division barely more than a year ago, has embarked upon recreating some of its most memorable models, and has now opened a new Classic Works facility at Jaguar’s historic home in Coventry, England.
Said to be “the world’s largest classic car sales, manufacturing and restoration facility of its kind,” the 150,000-square-foot facility includes a showroom and 54 workshop bays in a setup not unlike a major dealership. But instead of selling and servicing new cars, Classic Works focuses on vintage ones.
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.
The continuation Lightweight E-Types and XKSS will also be maintained there, customers will be able to purchase restored classic Jags and Landies directly from the original manufacturer, and have their own vintage wheels restored by the experts on site. There’s even a dedicated service center for XJ220s.
“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 headcount slated to grow to over 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 British Midlands.