Temporary Exhibitions

James Hull Collection

Situated on the Mezzanine floor is a selection of cars from the acclaimed James Hull Collection. Kindly loaned to us by Jaguar Land Rover, these 16 cars give visitors a flavour of the entire set of 543 cars.

Dr. James Hull is well known in the motoring world for his passion for collecting cars. Over the last 25 years he had accumulated the largest privately owned collection of British classic cars. During the summer of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover acquired his entire collection, to guarantee the safekeeping of some of the nation’s most iconic models.

At the heart of the collection are 140 Jaguars, from the Swallow era right up to the modern day. The majority of cars are in outstanding condition; many are rare or have interesting histories. It is easy to see why buying the collection made perfect sense to Jaguar Land Rover.

Our Curator, Stephen Laing, was lucky enough to see the collection in its entirety and had the task of selecting the 16 cars from the collection to display in the Museum.

Stephen’s exciting selection contains rare and unusual cars from manufacturers such as Allard and Bentley, to name a few. There is a rare Graber-bodied Alvis convertible – one of a handful ever built – plus a Mini Traveller, once owned by Lord Mountbatten. There are also four concours-standard Jaguars, which include an early XK 120, a Coombs E-Type and Mark II 3.8, the first Jaguar that James Hull acquired.

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