At Jaguar we’re immensely proud of our unique heritage and the beautiful, innovative vehicles for which we have become famous. As part of our continuing commitment to preserve Britain’s incredible automotive heritage we were honoured last year to add to our existing vehicle collection by acquiring the James Hull collection, the largest-known privately owned collection of British classic cars in the world.
Dr James Hull described himself as having "a passion for Jaguars," managing to collect 130 going back to our earliest models including an original 1920’s Swallow Sidecar, the very first vehicle made by Jaguar’s founder Sir William Lyons.
The stunning assembly features incredibly rare vehicles as well, like an SS100, a rare alloy XK120, and beautifully recreated Jaguar XKSS and D-type models. It also includes a host of beautifully preserved children’s pedal cars as well as a Jaguar Mark X owned by Sir William Lyons himself.
“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,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations. “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.”
Dr James Hull was delighted to put his collection in the care of Jaguar Land Rover. “Travelling all over the world to build the collection over the years has been a labour of love and a life’s work” he said. “My primary motivation was to secure the future of the collection in this country…They are the perfect custodians to take the collection forward and I know it is in safe hands.”
Under the care and maintenance of the Jaguar Heritage Workshop, a selection of vehicles from the collection can now be viewed at Gaydon’s Heritage Motor Centre and driven on a Heritage Driving Experience.