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Classic fans get first chance to see cars from the James Hull collection

Published 17 December 2014

Sixteen cars from the Jaguar heritage collection are now on display at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire. It’s the first time that people have been able to see cars from the James Hull collection – a 543-strong classic fleet that Jaguar Land Rover snapped up earlier in the year.

Of the 16 cars, four are of particular interest. There’s an E-type that was modified by Jaguar dealer Coombes of Guildford in the mid-1960s, plus a stunning 1930s SS ‘Airline’ saloon. Visitors to the museum will also get to see an aluminium-bodied XK120 OTS and a 3.8-litre Mk2.

Several of the cars from the collection multi-millionaire and dentist Dr James Hull collection have already been put into service as part of the recently launched Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience, but this is the first time the cars have been on general display.

But the Hull collection isn’t exclusively Jaguar-themed. Also on show from the Hull collection at Gaydon are a Bentley R-type Continental, a Graber-bodied Alvis convertible, an Allard P2 ‘woodie’ estate car – one of only a handful ever built - plus a Mini Traveller, once owned by Lord Mountbatten.

Stephen Laing, curator at the Heritage Motor Centre, welcomed the cars to the collection. ‘ These 16 cars not only complement our own outstanding collection of British models but give an insight into one of the most fascinating collections of classic cars in the world,’ he said.

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