04 March 2022
Roger Dudding, nicknamed ‘Mr Lock-up’, has over 500 motor cars, making it one of the most extensive known collections in Europe.
The collection has vehicles dating from a 1911 Vulcan 15.9 HP 2+2 Roadster to a 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith.
He also has the world’s most extensive collection of the largely unknown Clyno marque, a British built range of vehicles using inclined (became Clyno)variable belt pulley, manufactured until its demise in 1929.
Most significantly, Mr Dudding owns 25 Aston Martin Lagondas, a full-size luxury four-door saloon manufactured by British manufacturer Aston Martin between 1974 and 1990.
In the mid-1970s, Aston Martin faced a financial crisis and needed a new model to generate some much-needed funds. Enter the Aston Martin Lagonda.
As you can imagine, the unconventional design caused a massive division in motor enthusiasts.
During its production, the hand-built Lagondas were among some of the most expensive saloon cars in the world. They were the first cars to use computer management and a digital instrument panel. The development of these systems and electronics cost four times as much as the production budget for the whole car.
The 500+ motor cars in his collection offer a very diverse range, but predominantly British.
You can view the entire collection at Studio 434, located about 18 miles north of London.