Jaguar Land Rover’s newly established Jaguar Heritage division will be exhibiting for the first time at the popular Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, from 14-16 November. The Jaguar Heritage stand at the NEC will showcase the capabilities and vision of the Jaguar Heritage team, including the opening of the new Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, the extensive classic Jaguar parts offering, and the new Jaguar Lightweight E-type continuation model.
The Lightweight E-type being displayed is ‘Car Zero’, the prototype for the six brand-new models due to be built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. These six new E-types will be meticulously built by specialist engineers, highlighting the expert skills of the Jaguar Heritage workshop. The coveted Lightweight E-types were originally built in 1963 with aluminium bodies to improve performance, with just 12 of the projected 18 cars being built. The six brand-new Lightweight E-types will carry the original series chassis numbers of the ‘missing’ models. Jaguar Heritage will also use its NEC stand to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its legendary Le Mans winning D-type, and will present the famous ‘Shortnose’ D-type, chassis number 561, kindly loaned to Jaguar Land Rover by Adam Lindemann. The car was the Ecurie Ecosse team’s third, last and latest ‘Shortnose’ D-type, delivered brand-new from the Jaguar factory at Browns Lane in March 1956.
These Jaguar cars will also be complemented at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show by new Jaguar Heritage branded merchandise, now available for sale, following the successful launch new ’57 Collection at the recent Paris Motor Show. The Jaguar Heritage ’57 Collection has been designed by Jaguar’s design team to commemorate the marque’s most successful period at Le Mans, using the 1957 Le Mans-winning Number 3 ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ team car on display as inspiration. Distinguished by the winning blue flag and drawing on signature cues from this victorious car, key pieces from the Collection include a classic leather jacket and apparel, a leather racing holdall, luggage and smaller leather goods which carry iconic photography taken at the 1957 Le Mans race. Smaller gifts items, such as key rings, cufflinks and a children’s racing bear will also be available at the NEC.
Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations is also now launching the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience, based at a special 200-acre vehicle testing facility in Warwickshire. This gives participants the unique opportunity to drive cars from Jaguar’s collection of heritage models, including C- and D-types, E-type Series 1 and 3, plus an extensive range of other historic and current Jaguar models, managed and maintained by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.