• May 13, 2011
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 The factory complex originally made RAF Spitfires and Lancaster bombers for World War II service, then was turned over to car production.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.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Thomas Mc Glynn
      • 1 Year Ago
      halewood is a ford factory, partly financed by the government and ford to promote jobs in the north west, it really has very little to do with the fine jaguar car bult in coventry. It is a woder the unions have not it closed down.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Nash Metropolitan had been out of production for several years by 1966. The last year they were built was early 1961, though they may have languished on AMC lots through '62. Why is something so easily checked wrong on a site dedicated to cars?
      Dave S
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think that is true. Halewood built X-Types until 2009 so you can't say that production was consolidated in 2005.