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Man has Britain’s biggest car collection
    2017-August-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A BUSINESS magnate has amassed the biggest collection of classic cars in Britain after purchasing 350 vehicles.

The collection, which is worth a staggering £40 million (US$52 million), means that Rodger Dudding has had to spend an additional £7 million upgrading his garage in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

With more than 350 vehicles in his collection, Dudding, 79, is still planning to add to his ever expanding fleet of iconic cars.

The multi-millionaire’s love of cars started as a teenager when his father purchased a 1952 Morris Minor. Although the car could only reach a top speed of 65mph, Dudding was in awe of it and it takes pride of place in his collection today.

He said: “If people ask me my most valuable car then I would have to say my late father’s 1952 Morris Minor. It is totally and absolutely an original.”

The self-confessed motor head arguably has one of the most important car collections in Europe due to the varied nature of his collection.

Dudding has a variety of different cars from the luxurious to the more mundane everyday vehicles, and the oldest car in his collection is a 1911 Vulcan tourer.

Among Dudding’s unusual assortment of cars he boasts 24 Aston Martin Lagondas, a rare model from the British car manufacturer, which only ever built 645.

Considered by many to be the Marmite of cars, opinions are mixed on the unique vehicle due to its sharp lines and lack of curves on the exterior.

The entrepreneur’s business acumen is just as impressive as his car collection with an estimated net worth of £162 million, according to the Sunday Times’ Rich List.

A former apprentice engineer for the Royal Navy, Dudding was forced to leave after injuring his back while on the job.

Using his engineering knowledge, in 1970 Dudding invented a paper ticketing machine — a device to help manage busy queues in places such as butchers and supermarkets.

Initially called the “Take a Ticket” system, he has renamed it the queue management system, which is still being used by companies today.

He also has an impressive array of motorbikes from various decades including one of the world’s only Bentley motorcycles.

With his collection continuously growing, Dudding has recently finished the development of his latest studio, which will house more of his vehicles.

(SD-Agencies)

It will also be used as an events space and comes equipped with a state-of-the art sprinkler system, two purpose built parking lifts and round the clock security.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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