Jaguar Land Rover Classic will join Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in offering restoration and vintage parts services from a U.S. base when it opens its first non-European facility in the summer of 2019 in Savannah, Georgia.
The company said its 75,000-square-foot facility will offer refurbishing, restoration, sales and service from 42 service bays and more than 75 full-time staff.
“Creating a dedicated facility in the U.S. – one of the largest markets for classic car enthusiasts – is an important and exciting step for Jaguar Land Rover Classic,” Tim Hannig, the Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, was quoted in the company’s news release.
“We’re delighted to bring the future-proofing classic expertise and support we’ve nurtured in the UK direct to US clients,” he added.
The workshop will provide services for vehicles out of production for 10 years or longer, from “health checks” to full restorations. There also will be a showroom offering pre-owned Jaguar Land Rover Classics Works Legends vehicles for sale.
“The Savannah site is the perfect location for us: a charming setting combining a passionate community and excellent transport links that will make it easier for U.S. clients to benefit from the authentic services and expertise Jaguar Land Rover Classic provides.”
Savannah also offers a strong automotive heritage dating to early American grand prix races, annual hosts vintage racing as part of the Hilton Head Island motoring festival, and isn’t far from the College of Charleston, which has launched a car restoration studies program in nearby South Carolina.