For an increasing number of European car manufacturers, supporting their classic models is becoming big business. Brands such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and are all on the classic parts and restoration game, but Jaguar Land Rover goes a step further by joining Mercedes-Benz in a classic sharing center in the US.
As the owner of a classic car, I have many important, easily available parts from a reliable source – and which source can be more reliable than the company that made the car first? This was the cornerstone of Mercedes's success with its Classic Center in Irvine, California and Jaguar hoping to replicate it with a center in historic Savannah, Georgia.
This center will be the first of Jaguar Land Rover outside Europe (the other two are in the UK and Germany) and has 42 bays for repair and restoration of classic vehicles by 75 factory-trained technicians. The center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.
In order for your Jaguar or Land Rover to work in a classic JLR center, it must not be in production for 10 years, which means that if you really want it, you could have the classic center restored from your Jaguar S-Type or if you were patient and wanted to wait until 2019, then you were Jaguar X-Type.
Of course, most of the restorations will be worth more money, such as E-Types and early Series Land Rovers, but the most important thing is that it has just become a bit easier – if not cheaper – to put a classic British car in The United States.