17/07/2015 > 30/08/2015

80 Years Jaguar

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Jaguar turns 80 this year. Autoworld did  not  want to miss this milestone for the world.
The exhibition hall on the first floor
of the museum has therefore been entirely given over to this major summer exhibit.
At least 45 Jaguars are featured.

Get to know the different stages in the
evolution of the C, D, E and F-types, with, as the jewel in the crown,
the legendary E-Type, dubbed by no less than Enzo Ferrari in the 1960s
as 'the most beautiful car ever made’.

Throughout the various zones and spaces,
you can discover the history of the wild cat brand by means of a retrospective
of both racing cars and sports cars.

A number of recent models are also displayed, such as the F-type cabriolet and F-type coupé, with as the highlight of the exhibit the
new XF, which is presented to the public at a particularly
creative stand.

Our audioguides are also be expanded, for
the occasion of this exhibit, with 3 extra stops. These offer you fascinating
information and anecdotes about the history of the make and the specifications
of the historic E-type.

 If you find yourself driving on the
Belgian roads this summer, you might well come across our temporary stickered
promotional car: an F-Type in the colours of Autoworld.

This exhibition is an initiative of Autoworld and
was made possible in part by the support of Jaguar Belux, the Belgium Jaguar Club
and few private collectors.

Speaking of Jaguar: did
you know…?

  • Jaguar traces its origins back
    to 1922 in Blackpool (England), when William Lyons, then a
    manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars (Swallow Sidecar
    Company), built his first automobile chassis.

  • The name Jaguar
    appeared only in 1935, with the launch of a completely new line of saloons
    and sports cars: the SS1. The Jaguar name was suggested by an advertising
    firm, which considered that the car’s sleek athletic line was reminiscent
    of the large, fleet-footed cat. The new generation of SS1 was available
    as a saloon, coupé and convertible
  • At the outbreak of World
    War II, Jaguar, like many other car manufacturers, faced hard times. Fortunately,
    Lyons still had the expertise of the Swallow Sidecar Company and could
    fall back on that business to produce motorcycles with sidecars, which were much
    in demand during the war. After the Second World War, the name SS (which had originally stood for ‘Swallow
    Sidecar’) was retired, for obvious reasons, and from then on, the Jaguar name
    was used exclusively.



Practical info

For more detailed info please contact the museum

Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
1000 Brussels

Tel. : +32 2 736.41.65
Fax : +32 2 736.51.36

+32 2 736.41.65

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