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Located on the site of Jaguar’s original factory, on Browns Lane in Coventry, UK, the museum is an asset to both fans of the marque and students of automotive history.
According to a report from PistonHeads, Jaguar will be closing its Heritage Museum to the public in September of 2012, as it winds down operations at the Browns Lane site. That wouldn’t be such a loss if the museum were re-opening in a new location, but there are no immediate plans for a new Jaguar museum.
Jaguar insists it’s business as usual for the Heritage Center, which also provides owners of vintage cars with Heritage Certificates, chassis number records, classic car parts and literature. This operation will presumably be kept intact, but moved to a new location.
The automaker also promises its cars won’t be out of public view, as historically significant Jaguars are frequently shown at concours and motorsport events worldwide. That said, Jaguar isn’t saying no to re-opening the museum in the future, should it find a suitable location (and, presumably, raise the necessary funding).
The Jaguar Heritage Museum is the second such automotive museum to face closure in recent months. Saab’s own museum was shuttered when the automaker declared bankruptcy, while the automobiles in its collection were to be sold to the highest bidders.
Plans for an auction were scrapped, however, when a group of Swedish investors agreed to pay the asking price for the collection and the lease on its building. While Saab’s future doesn’t look any brighter, at least the future of its museum is assured.