You might recall how, back in 2014, Jaguar Land Rover Classic purchased the world’s largest collection of British vehicles, 543 of them from what Bob Golfen termed “an obsessive UK collector,” James Hull, who had made his fortune with a string of cosmetic-dentistry clinics.
The automaker’s mission was to buy back part of its own heritage. For example, Hull’s collection included some 130 Jaguars, many of historical importance.
Fast-forward a few years and British auction house Brightwells has announced that more than 100 other-brand vehicles from the Jaguar Land Rover Classic collection will be offered up for bidding with no reserve at the “Affordable Classics’ sale scheduled for March 21 at the Bicester Heritage facility, a former RAF air base that has been turned into a classic vehicle center.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been asked by Jaguar Lane Rover Classic to auction off part of its significant Classic Collection,” Matthew Parkin, head of Brightwells Classic Cars division, said in a news release.
“Focusing solely on non-Jaguar Land Rover products, the diversity of the lots on offer is extraordinary, offering everything from a Riva-style Speedboat to the unique Scimitar Ferguson prototype — all at no reserve. It’s safe to say it’s going to be a lot of fun.
“The assembly of vehicles on offer was clearly carefully curated,” he added, “with rare or particularly low-mileage example of cult classics selected.”
In addition to the vehicles crossing the auction block, Jaguar Land Rover Classic is loaning 40 vehicles to Bicester Heritage for its StarterMotor program, which uses historic vehicles to educate younger generations to the use and maintenance of classics.
Among the cars being put up for auction are a one-off Reliant Scimitar prototype equipped with Ferguson four-wheel drive, a Vauxhall 2300 HS Chevette, a 1960 Vauxhall Velox by Martin Walker, Victors from 1964 and 1972, a Rover P6 3500 station wagon, two low-mileage Citroen CX Familiales, a Polski Fiat 125P and three Ford Zodiac wagons by Abbot.
For additional information, visit the Brightwells website