A motor museum is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of an iconic Jaguar sports car.

Lakeland Motor Museum, in Backbarrow, is paying tribute to Jaguar's XK140 70 years after its first production in 1954.

The museum's model has a sterling racing history, having been driven by North West rally legend, George Herbert Farrer, famously known as Bobby Parkes.

Born in Cheshire, Mr Parkes joined Morecambe Car Club in 1953 where he developed his driving skills.

The Mail: The Jaguar XK140 at Lakeland Motor MuseumThe Jaguar XK140 at Lakeland Motor Museum (Image: Lakeland Motor Museum)

He raced the vehicle in the RAC Rally and the Scottish Rally in 1956 and the 1957 Circuit of Ireland.

It also took part in an event closer to home – the Morecambe Illumination Rally.

The car, originally dark blue, earned its nickname of 'Battlewagon' due to its rallying success.

After being first registered in October 1955, it was driven in 25 British and four international rally events, including the Monte Carlo Rally in 1958.

The model on display is the Special Equipment model that Jaguar produced, powered by a 3442cc petrol engine.

The car is a fixed head coupe, one of three body styles that were constructed during the model's production between 1954 and 1957.

The classic wire-spoke wheels were an additional option for motorists of the time.

The car could go from 0 to 60 mph in just over eight seconds and reach top speeds of 125mph.

To see the car in its 70th anniversary year, visit the Lakeland Motor Museum, or for more information visit the museum's website.