Jaguar Land Rover has purchased the largest-known, privately owned collection of British classic cars in the world according to a July 25 press release.
The collection was amassed by British enthusiast James Hull over a span of many years. Included in this collection are 543 mostly British classic cars. By purchasing this collection, Jaguar Land Rover is showing their support and focus on heritage automobiles.
There are more than 130 Jaguar automobiles in this collection, including “early Swallow Sidecars and Swallow coachbuilt Austin Sevens, plus a full and diverse range of pre-war SS models, 7 XK 120s – including a rare alloy-bodied example, C- and D-types, an XKSS, 8 E-types, 30 classic Jaguar ‘Mark’ model saloons plus 19 XJS models and over 20 XJ saloons with interesting and famous previous owners,” as the press release stated.
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Heritage is becoming more important with automakers nowadays. Jaguar Land Rover plans to protect these cars in order to ensure important pieces of their heritage will last through the ages in pristine condition.
Recently, Jaguar’s heritage department also announced that they will build six recreations of the original Lightweight E-type, which was first created in 1963. These cars will be created by highly skilled Jaguar craftsmen in a new Jaguar heritage facility. This same facility will also used for warrantied servicing and restoration of classic models.
James Hull commented in the press release, “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. I have got to know Jaguar Land Rover well in recent years and they have borrowed cars from the collection for events such as the Mille Miglia and supporting Jaguar in China. They are the perfect custodians to take the collection forward and I know it is in safe hands.”
(Source: Jaguar Land Rover)