Jaguar fans look away now, this classic collection will be too much

Jaguar D-Type 'long nose' 393RW

Next to the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire rests the bulk of Jaguar’s own classic car collection.

Featuring everything from concept cars and one-offs to racing legends and vehicles of the royal family, it’s a must visit for any Jag enthusiast.

10 cars from the collection are on display in the museum itself but another 75 or so are available in the neighbouring collections centre building.

During my visit I spend a short amount of time capturing photographs of some of the collection highlights. You’ll have to forgive me for some of the strange perspectives and framing, these cars are tightly stacked.

Jaguar XJ220 concept car

 

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What’s even more special than a Jaguar XJ220? This Jaguar XJ220!

As a Jaguar development car it stuck to the original recipe of 4-wheel drive with a stonking great V12 in the back.

Production XJ220s famously ended up with a turbocharged V6 and rear wheel drive after engineering requirements made the V12/4wd car a no go for Jag. This sparked a huge number of order cancellations.

In the end, Jaguar went on to sell just 271 XJ220s although this didn’t stop it holding the title of the world’s fastest production car for several years.

 

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Look beneath the alloy wheels on the XJ220 concept car and you’ll notice what appears to be a regular BBS split rim beneath

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Because six cylinders never did look quite right back there, regardless of how many turbos you add

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Also living in the collection is this awesome 1983 Jaguar XJR-5 IMSA race car

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The 2002 Jaguar R3 formula one car as steered by Eddie Irvine
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This ‘long nose’ D Type was the penultimate produced and is incredibly original, even down to its period trade registration plate ‘393 RW’

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Originally a press vehicle, 77 RW was actually the first production two-seater E-type, making it the oldest surviving example of its kind

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Another jaw dropping race car, the XJR-9 LM was powered by a 7ltr, 700hp version of Jaguar’s V12. In 1988 one of these went on to win Le Mans, with numerous others finishing in the points

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For me, the Jaguar XK120 remains one of the best looking cars of all time, and this 1953 example is about as good as it gets

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This Jaguar XJS cabriolet belonged to the late Princess Diana and, unlike regular production cars, featured rear seats for Princes William and Harry
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At the front this XJ40 looks the way any other well kept example should…
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…but the rear end identifies it as an ultra-rare estate prototype
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Another last of the line car, this time an XJ12 Series 2 V12

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Pictured here is the Queen Mother’s Jaguar XJ12 S1
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PHP42G served as the personal transport of ‘Mr Jaguar’ himself, the late Sir William Lyons

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Motorsport fans out there may may be familiar with this XJ6 which was a fire car used by Silverstone circuit

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…and here’s a few from inside the museum

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Although not this example,  Jaguar’s C-Type was the first car to bring Le Mans success to the brand. It was also the first car to average over 100mph throughout the duration of the race

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The brutal Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C was a pleasure to see

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The Tom Walkinshaw Racing XJS was another motorsport highlight

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Few competition cars demand respect to the level that privateer XK120 ‘NUB 120’ does

With thanks to Jaguar Heritage Trust

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