Jaguar Land Rover buys all-British, 543 car collection image

One can only dream about a vast, endless collection of cars, whether vintage or new, exotic or accessible. Some can afford the pleasure and others – like an automaker in this case – can afford to buy that collector’s pleasure.

And Jaguar Land Rover ticked the last box with the purchase of 543 vehicles – all belonging to the collection of British enthusiast James Hull. The vast reserve is not dedicated to a certain brand, but does include dozens of rare Jaguar models. Hull’s collection was seen before the sale as the biggest privately-owned collection of UK-made cars in the world.

“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,” said Hull about the sale to JLR.

The automaker now has an almost endless list of British cars, ranging from early Swallow Sidecars and Swallow coachbuilt Austin Sevens, pre-war SS models to nineteen XJS and more than twenty XJ models. Although the latter two seem fairly unspectacular, most of them had famous owners before joining the collection. The cars now belong to Jaguar Heritage, a unit of Special Operations – the ones that recently developed the Jaguar Project 7 sports car.