One of the displays was called ‘Motor City’ and was a joint venture between Coventry Transport Museum and Jaguar Land Rover. The latter group have a strong partnership with the University and recruit many of its future engineers and managers from there.
‘Motor City’ was a display of a selection of cars from Coventry Transport Museum’s ‘made in Coventry’ collection, supplemented by a couple of cars from private owners together with a selection of high specification Range Rovers and Jaguars.
Amongst the JLR exhibits there was an intriguing Jaguar XF with full ‘R Sport’ body and wheels specification but with a 2.0Ltr diesel engine. There was an R Sport badge on the front wing and just a 2.0 dt badge on the boot. A very strange combination i.m.o.
Here is what the Coventry Transport Museum had on display plus the two privately owned cars –
The bodies for the Austin Gypsy 4 x 4 were made by Jesnen Motors of West Bromwich.
Sinclair C5 battery operated run-about.
The University used these vehicles for security officers to move around the campus in the 1980s. When a change of plan caused them to be discarded a lecturer bought this one.
This can be described as an intriguing and innovative product for which a market was never found. Discuss!
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