Jaguar Land Rover’s recently initiated Special Operations division has successfully acquired Dr James Hull’s collection of 543 classic cars in a deal that crosses the 100 million pounds mark and includes, a wartime Austin driven by Winston Churchill, Elton John’s Bentley and Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller.
Multi-millionaire dentist James Hull spent tens of millions of pounds filling up warehouses on his Hertfordshire estate with classic cars from the past 80 years. “Travelling all over the world to build the collection over the years has been a labour 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.” Hull said.
“I have got to know Jaguar Land Rover well in recent years and they have borrowed cars form the collection for events such as the Mille Miglia and for supporting Jaguar in China. They are the perfect custodians to take the collection forwards and I know it is in safe hands.” Hull further added.
James Hulll’s fleets of classic cars includes, Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller, Winston Churchill’s Austin and Elton John’s old Bentley. There are vehicles from nearly every decade since the 1930, including a super rare 1950s Jaguar XKSS and a D-Type, which is valued at more than 4 million pounds. The collection first went on sale in May 2014.
JLR’s Special Vehicle operations boss John Edwards 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. We share the same objective as James to keep this unique collection in British hands and we are delighted this agreement secures their custody for the future.”
The company refused to disclose the exact cost of the deal.