The Jaguar Heritage Archive is based at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

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Reflecting a rich and diverse history dating back more than a century to the dawn of British motoring in the 1890s, the archive collection includes product-related, technical, and business records of the Jaguar, Daimler and Lanchester marques.

There are collections of technical literature such as handbooks, service manuals and parts lists, collections of sales brochures, and of other promotional material. In a library section, there are many books dealing with our marques, and a collection of original magazines.

We have not forgotten records of the people who made Jaguar what it is now, and we cherish the memory of our founder Sir William Lyons and many others. We keep records of Jaguar's achievements in the world of motor sport, including events such as Le Mans.

Since we began making SS cars in 1931, every single car has been recorded, and the Car Record Books of SS and Jaguar cars, together with some early Swallow-bodied models and many Daimlers through to the 1980s are found in the archive.

We feature an extensive photographic archive, covering all aspects of the marques.

Services Available:

Heritage Certificates: a "birth certificate" for your Jaguar or Daimler, featuring details from the original build ledger, such as original colour, date of dispatch, and first owner.  Clients may order Heritage Certificates for their Jaguar or Daimler by applying online, or by downloading and completing a form. Click here for further details.

Chassis Numbers:  We can provide chassis number data to assist with the identification of vehicles exempt from UK vehicle excise duty - click here.

Photographic Service: We are happy to supply high-quality prints or digital copies of many of our images, for personal and commercial use. Please contact our Archive Image team on +44 (0)1926 646388 , or by clicking Contact Us and selecting 'Photos & Media' from the drop down list.

Film & Video Service:  We are please to announce a new service to provide archive film and video material covering the history of Jaguar Cars Ltd. and its product range from the 1930s to the 1990s.  Please send any enquiries for this service to  Please note that charges will apply for commercial usage.

Historical Enquiries: We can answer many of your questions remotely. Please contact our Archive team on +44 (0)1926 646385  or by clicking Contact Us and selecting 'Archive' from the drop down list.

Personal Research: Researchers are able to visit and directly consult original material. Please see our Archive Research page for details. 

All income generated from these and other archive services are put towards the future preservation and enhancement of this outstanding collection of Jaguar archive material.