Dentist who has so many cars he keeps them in enormous warehouses is selling his 450 classic vehicles for £100 MILLION.
- James Hull has built up collection of unusual and valuable cars, from Elton John's old Bentley to rare Jaguar KXSS
- Multi-millionaire Dr Hull, 53, of Kensington, west London, keeps all his precious cars in warehouses in Herefordshire
- Having fought off cancer three times, he now wants to sell the collection, and is determined to sell it as a whole
- The founder of cosmetic dentistry pioneers James Hull Associates hopes to find a buyer with £100million in Britain
- Collection includes a rare Jaguar D-Type worth at least £4million, old pedal cars, and a Sinclair C5 from the 1980s.
- A car-obsessed dentist who has amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection is selling the whole lot for £100million.
James Hull, 53, who founded the James Hull Associates chain of dentists, owns more than 450 rare and classic cars, ranging from multi-million pound rare Jaguars to Winston Churchill's Austin, and a Bentley once owned by Elton John.
With no room to park them all near his home in Kensington, west London, he garages them in vast warehouses in Herefordshire, but has now decided to sell up because of health reasons.
None of the cars are cheap, but a buyer with particularly deep pockets is needed, because Dr Hull says he is determined to sell the 457-strong collection as a whole.
He is hoping a buyer will come in with a £100million-plus offer, making it the highest value car sale in Britain.
For that price, the buyer will get 457 classic vehicles, 365 pedal cars and 300 pieces of memorabilia including model aircraft from WW1 and WW2.
With cars represented from every decade since the 1930s, the collection includes a Jaguar D-Type, worth in excess of £4million, a similarly valuable Jaguar C-Type, and Lord Mountbatten's Mini Traveller, as well as a super-rare 1950s Jaguar KXSS.
The collection also includes a Humber which was owned by the judge presiding over the Profumo Affair and a 1961 Jaguar E-Type which belonged to Britain’s world motorcycle champion Mike Hailwood.
Dr Hull, who made his fortune pioneering cosmetic dentistry in the UK, has battled cancer three times in the past four years, earning him the nickname Lazarus to friends. He traveled around the world to track down some of the rarer models in his collection, shipping them back to Britain and then having them stripped down before rebuilding them.
He said: 'It's the culmination of a life-long hobby. Each car has its own story and all have played a part in the history of British motoring. It's part of our heritage.
'I'm merely a passionate custodian of this hugely significant part of British history and, with luck, I will succeed in finding a home that can not only be enjoyed and treasured by the British public but also be admired by visitors from across the world.'
A number of Dr Hull's cars have appeared at motor shows around the world, competed in the Mille Miglia Italian road-race, and even been used for the Queen’s 80th birthday parade.
There are also dozens of cars which have won concourse awards, and a collection of British campervans from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, as well as early Land Rovers, classic Range Rovers, and a Sinclair C5 from the 1980s.
The collection, which is being sold privately, has already had a 'huge amount of interest' from private buyers and consortia, from overseas as well as nearer to home, but Dr Hull hopes it will remain in Britain.
Graham Searle, from the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, said: 'Dr Hull is a well-known Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club member with an immense passion for Jaguar cars.
Most of his cars are very original or restored to original specification with great attention to detail, and over the years he must have won more concourse awards than any other Jaguar collector.
'He does immense service to the classic car movement in keeping these cars in top condition, and the sale of the collection will attract enormous interest from around the world.
'We of course hope that whoever buys them allows them to be seen and enjoyed by enthusiasts for years to come.'
James Hull made his money after founding James Hull Associates in 1987, becoming the market leader in cosmetic dentistry, specialising in teeth whitening, veneers and implants.
He was devastated in 2006 when vandals broke into one of his warehouses, before hotwiring the Jaguars and crashing dozens of them. Police later said they had 'treated the cars like dodgems'.
Over the past decade, prices for classic cars have shot up, outperforming every other investment and sending the value of the collection soaring.
If he finds a suitable buyer, Dr Hull will need a new hobby, but he's not yet sure what it will be.
He said: 'I’m a collector, so who knows what will turn up next. My wife hopes it will be something smaller like stamps.'