A dentist who amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection has sold the
entire £100million fleet to Jaguar Land Rover.
EJW readers may recall an earlier article about Dr James Hull, who spent tens of millions of pounds filling a number of
warehouses in Hertfordshire with classic motors from the past 80 years.
The 53-year-old's impressive assortment consists of 543 cars - ranging from multi-million
pound Jaguars and Bentleys to Morris Minors. It also includes Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller, Winston Churchill’s Austin and a Bentley once owned by Elton.
Acquisition of the collection underscores JLR’s determination to “invest
more” in its distinguished heritage.
“We share the same objective as James Hull of keeping this unique
collection in British hands,” said John Edwards, managing director of
Special Operations. “There is a strong brand and business rationale
underpinning our agreement.”
Jaguar will maintain some of the cars in a new workshop at Brown’s Lane,
Coventry, its former manufacturing site, and use them to support the many
events it stages for customers around the world.
For the time being most of the vehicles, which are in excellent running order,
will stay in their current location in specially erected buildings in
Hertfordshire. However, Jaguar Land Rover bosses have talked in the past of establishing a “brand centre” on the site of the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, and some of the cars could eventually go there.