Newport dentist sells £100 million car collection

James Hull's car collection

James Hull's car collection

First published in News

JAGUAR Land Rover has purchased the largest-known privately owned collection of British classic cars in the world from a Newport dentist.

The vast collection of 543 cars was amassed by enthusiast James Hull, 53, who founded the James Hull Associates chain of dentists, opening his first dental practice in Newport in 1987.

The collection, which has been painstakingly assembled and restored by the car enthusiast and entrepreneur, has over 130 Jaguars.

Jaguar models in the collection include an SS100, a rare alloy XK120, early E-types and a MK X once owned by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. He decided to put them on the market for £100m earlier this year.

Mr Hull said: “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 collection's future of the collection in this country with the right custodian.”

The collection also includes early Swallow Sidecars and Swallow coach-built Austin Sevens, 30 classic Jaguar ‘Mark’ model saloons plus 19 XJSs and over 20 XJs with interesting pasts, including a Bentley formerly owned by Elton John.

Mr Hull added: “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.”

Jaguar Land Rover report that the majority of the cars are in truly outstanding condition, with many having fascinating histories behind them.

The collection also features many other iconic and famous British cars and models.

Managing Director of Special Vehicle Operations, 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.”

This acquisition is part of an increased commitment by Jaguar Land Rover to protect and nurture the rich heritage possessed by both brands.

The cars in the collection will be used to support experiential marketing with customers and for global brand events.

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6:42pm Tue 29 Jul 14

displayed says...

Its gonna b a huge operation when all that goes, as it will leave a huge cavity, when there extracted one by one and a huge amount of packing will b needed.

Have they worked out some sort of drill to remove them in order of importance, to prevent any damage inside.

I'm feeling numb just at the thought of it..................
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Its gonna b a huge operation when all that goes, as it will leave a huge cavity, when there extracted one by one and a huge amount of packing will b needed. Have they worked out some sort of drill to remove them in order of importance, to prevent any damage inside. I'm feeling numb just at the thought of it.................. .............. displayed
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1:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

10101010 says...

What an amazing collection of cars! I think i need to encourage my Son to go into Dentistry when he leaves school.
What an amazing collection of cars! I think i need to encourage my Son to go into Dentistry when he leaves school. 10101010
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6:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Floppy backed says...

What I heard he ripped the NHS off by doing needless fillings on patients while claiming vast amounts off the NHS so in my eyes a percentage of this should be given back in the forms of charity given to the local hospitals. If it wasnt for the NHS he wouldnt have made this amount of money and so he owes this back.
What I heard he ripped the NHS off by doing needless fillings on patients while claiming vast amounts off the NHS so in my eyes a percentage of this should be given back in the forms of charity given to the local hospitals. If it wasnt for the NHS he wouldnt have made this amount of money and so he owes this back. Floppy backed
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9:56am Sat 2 Aug 14

Magor says...

Floppy backed wrote:
What I heard he ripped the NHS off by doing needless fillings on patients while claiming vast amounts off the NHS so in my eyes a percentage of this should be given back in the forms of charity given to the local hospitals. If it wasnt for the NHS he wouldnt have made this amount of money and so he owes this back.
I remember years ago on TV an investigation into Dentists ripping off the NHS and one of them had a load of cars,I wonder if it was him.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: What I heard he ripped the NHS off by doing needless fillings on patients while claiming vast amounts off the NHS so in my eyes a percentage of this should be given back in the forms of charity given to the local hospitals. If it wasnt for the NHS he wouldnt have made this amount of money and so he owes this back.[/p][/quote]I remember years ago on TV an investigation into Dentists ripping off the NHS and one of them had a load of cars,I wonder if it was him. Magor
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