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Jaguar Acquires the World’s Largest Collection of Classic Cars


Jaguar Land Rover has purchased the largest privately owned collection of British classic cars for a cool £100 million (US $170M; AED/SAR 620M). The collection of 543 mostly British classic cars consists of over 130 Jaguars—pre-war SS models, Swallow sidecars, XK120s, C-, D-, and E-Types, and XKSSs, thirty Mark-series sedans, nineteen XJSs, twenty XJ sedans, the MK X owned by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons, Elton John’s Bentley, and Winston Churchill’s Austin—to name but a few.

The collection was amassed by James Hull, a dentist by day and car addict by night, who put the fleet up for sale this past May and Jaguar’s super-secretive-sounding division, Special Operations, swooped in to secure “this important collection for the nation.” Regardless of the massive pay day, Hull himself was smitten with the purchase and stated, “Traveling 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 […] They are the perfect custodians to take the collection forward and I know it is in safe hands.”

Admittedly, this civil service will surely grant Jaguar key marketing opportunities and some positive press—this article included.

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