Jaguar – Land Rover has announced it has purchased Dr. James Hull’s stunning collection of 543 vintage cars from all around the world. The lot is believed to be the largest private collection in the United Kingdom.
Hull’s collection is largely made up of the British cars built over the past 80 or so years. There are 130 Jaguars including an ultra-rare XK SS, C- and D-Types, eight E-Types and over 20 XJ sedans. Some of the non-British cars include a couple of Citroën DSs, a late-1950s Chevrolet Corvette fitted with an optional Rochester fuel-injection system and a Maserati Bora, while other notable cars include an Austin owned by Winston Churchill, a host of early Range Rovers and Elton John’s old Bentley Continental T.
All of the cars are said to be in better-than-average shape, though some of them understandably need minor work in order to be driven on a regular basis. The lot was listed at £100 million ($169 million / €126 million) last May but Jaguar has not disclosed how much it ended up paying.
“Travelling all over the world to build the collection over the years has been a labor of love and a life’s work, so my primary motivation was not to get the maximum price but rather to secure the future of the collection in this country with the right custodian,” explained Hull in a statement.
The collection will be stored and maintained by Jaguar Heritage, a division of the company’s newly-formed Special Operations division. The cars will be used for promotional events around the world, but Jaguar has not revealed whether they will be displayed in a public museum or kept behind closed doors.
Similarly, the company has not announced what the future holds for the non-Jaguar-badged members of the collection.