Where big cats are made: A photo tour of Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant
Posted May 13th 2011 7:25PM
A photo tour of Jaguar's Castle Bromwich factory – Click above for high-res image gallery
All Jaguars, whether steel or aluminum, are fashioned in one place: Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands of England. The factory complex originally made RAF Spitfires and Lancaster bombers for World War II service, then was turned over to car production. In the way of Britain's carmaking conglomerates, it produced bodies for brands from Riley to Austin to Morris – when our tour guide started working there in 1966 he was in charge of making Nash Metropolitans.
Jaguar has been the sole occupant since 1977, and consolidated all of its production there in 2005, when its Browns Lane plant was shut. We had a chance to tour the site's C-Block and F-Block recently, where the XJ is assembled and finished. Along the way we came across bodyshells so light they could easily be picked up by one man, a bajillion rivets and miles of adhesive, Ford's gift of reams of data sheets, the shiniest XJ we've ever seen and, of course, signs of Elvis. Have a look at the captioned gallery of high-res photos below to see what's behind the camouflaged red brick walls of Castle Bromwich.