Jaguar Gallery Open at Coventry
August 1 saw the official opening of the extensive new Jaguar Gallery at the Coventry Transport Museum. Following a historic procession through the city, JLR CEO Dr Ralf Speth presented F-TYPE No1 to Jaguar Heritage at the official opening, which also welcomed Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, Jaguar Brand Director Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Heritage Chairman Mike O’Driscoll, Norman Dewis, Coventry Transport Museum Chairman Joe Elliott and senior representatives from the city of Coventry and the UK motor industry.
Ian Callum said, “The new Jaguar Gallery is a fitting celebration of eight decades of design and technical innovation in our spiritual home of Coventry, and today’s presentation of the new F-TYPE offers a glimpse into Jaguar’s future too. “We are investing £2.75 billion across Jaguar Land Rover in product development annually, and our Whitley headquarters, just down the road, employs thousands of engineers and designers. All are fully focused on creating the next generation of Jaguar cars.”
The Jaguar Gallery at Coventry mirrors a similar gallery at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. The Gallery at Coventry is titled The Jaguar Story – A History of Design and Technical Innovation and is split into five sections covering: The Early Years (1920s to 1940s), The Post-War Boom and Glamorous 50s, The Swinging 60s, Growth and Consolidation (70s to 00s), and Jaguar Present and Future (2005 on). The Gallery also references the many technology and design innovations behind the vehicles.