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Little Classics News: 13 April 2015

Classic Jaguars and Land Rovers Celebrate a New Solihull Facility

Classic Jaguar procession

When celebrating, you can always count on classic cars to provide the required style and interest…

A stunning procession of classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles has kicked off the celebration of the opening of the newly upgraded Solihull plant and welcoming Jaguar production to the traditional home of Land Rover where the new XE saloon is now being made.

Classic Jaguars and Land Rovers

The 40 car parade was led by legendary British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss OBE in a Jaguar XK120 alongside Solihull Operations Director, Alan Volkaerts. They were joined by renowned Jaguar test driver, Norman Dewis OBE, well-known TV presenter and classic fanatic Quentin Willson, plus many other VIP guests and Jaguar Land Rover employees.

Models from Jaguar’s illustrious 80-year history such as Jaguar’s SS1 Tourer, XK120, and E-Type were lined up with the XE in a circuit of the new £500 million pound facility. They were joined by Land Rover’s classic finest including a Series 1 and 101 Forward Control, marking the first Jaguar to be made at the ‘home of Land Rover’.

Quentin Wilson, Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said: ”It's wonderful to see great cars from both Jaguar and Land Rover's heritage helping us to celebrate the exciting new future at Solihull. Even more so when they are being joined by the future classics currently being made here such as the Jaguar XE.”

Sir Stirling Moss said: “Cars like the Jaguar XK120 and E-type look as wonderful today as they did when they were new and it's brilliant that they are here, taking part in the celebration of a great new chapter in Jaguar's illustrious history.”

Classic Jaguars at Solihull

Renowned for producing some of the world’s most distinguishable saloon cars in history, the advent of XE production at Solihull marks a key milestone for Jaguar, this year celebrating its 80th birthday. For Land Rover, welcoming the Jaguar brand to its home is the latest in a string of significant developments, which have seen the site undergo a spectacular transformation in just five years.


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