Land Rover Jaguar buy largest collection of Classic Cars
29 September 2014
When James Hull started to collect classic cars he was simply an enthusiast that really loved the history and character behind every vehicle that crossed his path -but what was a hobby, really became a labour of love and a life’s work. It wasn’t long until this ‘hobby’ transformed into the largest known private collection of British classic cars in the world.
With a lot of attention drawn towards the collection, James Hull looked for the perfect custodians to become the owners – the winning bidders being Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) purchasing the 543 strong fleet for an estimated £100 million.
The classic cars that have been amassed from all over the world, including many famous British cars, have had their future secured with the company down to self-interest. The collection itself contained 130 Jaguar or Swallow Sidecar (former name of Jaguar) vehicles, meaning it was a great investment for the company to go for.
Future for the classics
The majority of cars are said to be in truly outstanding condition and will now be housed in a purpose-built facility in Coventry, reinforcing JLR’s commitment to preserve its heritage of both brands alongside its newly created Special Operations division.
Some models from the company include Swallow Sidecars and Swallow coachbuilt Austin Sevens, plus a range of pre-war SS models, 7 XK 120s, C and D-types, an XKSS, 8 E-types, 30 classic Jaguar ‘Mark’ model saloons plus 19 XJS models and over 20 XJ saloons.
John Edwards, managing director of Special Vehicle Operations, said: “We are delighted that Jaguar Land Rover has come to an agreement with James Hull to secure the future of this very significant collection of Jaguar and British cars”
The cars in the collection are looking to be showcased at Jaguar events across the world, giving enthusiasts the chance to see some very rare and well-kept models. Even if you’re half as excited as us then an event in the UK can’t come soon enough.
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