The very first production-model Jaguar F-Type is staying with the British carmaker after Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth presented it to Jaguar Heritage, a registered educational charity established in 1983 whose purpose is to preserve the heritage of Jaguar. The good news is that the public can now see this particular F-Type as it has joined other classic Jaguar models at the newly opened Jaguar Gallery inside the Coventry Transport Museum in the UK.
"The Jaguar Gallery shows Jaguar's development and progress through the years--from the SS products of the 1920s to the present day with the stunning new F-Type," said Jaguar Heritage chairman Mike O'Driscoll. "We now have two public galleries celebrating our rich heritage in making world-beating automobiles--the Jaguar Gallery here in our home city of Coventry and the Heritage Motor Center at Jaguar Land Rover's facility in Gaydon. These galleries represent fully active collections, and as Jaguar's intention when manufacturing the cars, they continue to be used at iconic race circuits and concours events all over the world."
According to the carmaker, the Jaguar Gallery at the Coventry Transport Museum is split into five sections covering different eras: The Early Years (1920s to 1940s), The Postwar Boom and Glamorous '50s, The Swinging '60s, Growth and Consolidation (1970s to 2000s), and Present and Future (2005 and onward).
The Jaguar Gallery also references the many technology and design innovations behind the carmaker's vehicles, with contemporary storyboards, films and photos complementing the display, and "with historic artifacts to further illustrate Jaguar's rich heritage."