For some years the custom at Jaguar has been to add the latest model to the JDHT
fleet and, sure enough, an X-type, resplendent in red, arrived this week from the production line at Halewood, near Liverpool.
77RW will be joined on its drive to Geneva by the very last E-Type, a black series three model, which rolled off the assembly line in 1974 and which has also been restored by funding from JDHT.
Curator of Vehicles at JDHT, Tony O'Keefe, claims the renovated E-Types are the jewel in the crown of Jaguar's rich and varied history and represent the very best of the British motor industry.
Over the decades Jaguar - which now keeps all the first and last of its cars off the production line - found out about the car's location and two years ago Mr Kilgannon contacted JDHT about how to go about restoring it.
JDHT came up with a deal whereby Mr Kilgannon would indefinitely loan the heritage trust 77RW in exchange for Jaguar paying for the renovation work.