Jaguar Classic Works is the definition of automotive nirvana

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- With over 1.5 million Jaguars sold worldwide that would be looked-upon as 'classics', this astounding workshop has been set up to help keep every Jaguar and Land Rover on the road.
- An entire side of the workshop is devoted to servicing the XJ220s, Jaguar's '90s bona fide supercar. Even Pirelli have got in on the act, developing a bespoke tyre to help keep the '220s on the road.
- This specimen had its entire V64V engine and transmission removed and laying on a bench nearby, exposing the twin-turbocharged V6 in a way few will have ever seen before.
- The facility is also shared by Land Rover, with countless Defenders and Range Rovers dotted around the shop floor in differing states.
- A 'before and after' demonstration à la E-Type Series 1
- One of the main projects of Jaguar Classic is to produce nine 'brand new' XKSS cars to fill in for the ill-fated cars that were lost in a huge factory fire in 1957.
- All the XKSS examples are now accounted for, fetching a price well into seven figures. Jaguar originally aimed to build 25 of the road-going D-Types under the name XKSS, but only 16 of the original chassis survived the fire.
- At the rear of the complex lies the storage facility where a ridiculous library containing JLR's history lies. There was something a bit tragic about seeing the C-X75 mules stuffed up on a shelf. Oh what could have been...
- This Range Rover was fresh into the workshop having been sat under a farm tree for 20 years. Apparently, underneath the grime, it's a sound car!
- The XKSS mid-construction was by far the highlight of the Classic workshop. Using the exact dimensions from drawings found in the Jaguar archives, the nine recreated cars are beyond perfect.
- The Jaguar Heritage fleet was also positioned outside the complex, showing us onlookers how well the company looks after every car that once left a Coventry shop floor.

DriveTribe was invited to Jaguar Classic Works in Coventry, showing the company's intent to restore and recreative legends from the past

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