Virtual show honours

Sir William Lyons

Sir William Lyons virtual exhibition, 2023, home page
Sir William Lyons virtual exhibition, 2023, ground floor
Sir William Lyons virtual exhibition, 2023, first floor

THE Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust has created a new and original virtual journey through the life and work of one of Britain's greatest carmakers and designers, Sir William Lyons.

Uniquely in the motor industry Jaguar founder Lyons combined the roles of company boss with that of chief stylist.

He was personally responsible for the dramatic shapes of the cars he built, which won worldwide admiration. His contribution to British design stands alongside figures like Terrence Conran, Mary Quant and Alec Issigonis.

This is the first exhibition devoted to his work, showing how his unique eye for style evolved from motorcycle sidecars to dramatic racing and road cars.

It is also the first vehicle museum experience to be originated online. From the first SS sidecars to the E-Type Jaguar, it gives a vivid 3-D tour in virtual space through Lyon's life and his creations.

This ground-breaking online exhibition journey draws on the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust's collection of vehicles and archives, exhibited at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon and the Coventry Transport Museum.

The exhibition is free to all and can be accessed at using a PC, laptop, smart phone or tablet.

Matthew Davis, managing director of Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust said: "We have one of the worlds' greatest car collections, but no museum of our own, so it seemed appropriate to launch a virtual museum that will be accessible to all, with an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Sir William Lyons - the man that made Jaguar".

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