If you're reading this right now, it's safe to say you love cars. And who wouldn't? Cars are the products of a beautiful marriage between form and functionality. New vehicles are constantly being developed that push the envelope of design, technology, and innovation. So how can you own just one!? The answer to that question is probably that cars are expensive, they take up space, and having more than one or two is usually unnecessary and impractical.
But what if you were a sultan, a prince, a pro athlete, or a successful entrepreneur, and you weren't bound by price or storage restrictions? This article will showcase 25 Jaw-Dropping Images of the Most Expensive Car Collections in the world.
People who collect cars do it for a variety of reasons. Some purchase cars as investments, as many cars appreciate in value over time.This depends, of course, on the rarity and historical background of the vehicle. Other collectors simply need to own the very best of everything and so jump at the opportunity to acquire new models of rare and exotic cars. Many collectors are eccentric personalities who own custom-made vehicles, inspired by their own visions of car design. Regardless of their reasons, the car collectors and their collections featured in this article are extraordinary and incredibly impressive. It's possible to visit and view some of these collections, as a handful of them are actually open to the public. For the majority of the collections, however, you'll have to settle for viewing them here:
The Tiriac Collection is the private car collection of Ion Tiriac, a Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player. Mr. Tiriac's tennis career was highly successful. He acted as a coach and manager for several prominent players and retired in 1979 with 23 titles. The following year, Ion Tiriac founded a private bank, the first of its kind in post-Communist Romania, which made him the richest man in the country. With the fortune he made from this venture, Mr. Tiriac was able to fund his passion for automobiles. His car collection features approximately 250 historical vehicles and exotic cars, sorted by theme, which are available for viewing by the public at a facility near Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.
Ken Lingenfelter has an absolutely amazing collection of rare, expensive, and beautiful cars. Ken is the owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a well-known engine and tuning components manufacturer. His vast collection of almost two hundred cars is housed in his 40,000 square-foot building in Michigan. The collection is open to the public, and Ken personally gives tours of the facility where he provides insightful and fascinating information on the unique vehicles found there. The storage facility that houses the collection is also used more than 100 times a year for various charity events.
The collection contains about 30% muscle cars, 40% Corvettes and 30% exotic European cars.
Ken has a deep connection and love for GM vehicles, as his father worked for a company called "Fisher Body," which made bodies for high-end GM products. Another impressive highlight of the collection is a 2008 Lamborghini Reventón, one of only 20 ever built!
Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan al Nahyan from the ruling family of Abu Dhabi is one of the richest people on the planet. As a billionaire, he's been able to fund his passion for outlandish and original cars. Sheikh Hamad, who's also known as “The Rainbow Sheikh” because of his purchase of 7 Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars in 7 rainbow colors, built a giant storage facility shaped like a pyramid to house and display his insane collection of cars and trucks.
The collection is open to the public and features some very interesting vehicles, including an original Ford Model T (fully restored), a Mercedes S-Class Monster-Truck, a giant house on wheels, and many others creations that are as strange as they are wonderful.
The highlights of his collection are giant replicas of vintage trucks, including a massive WW2 era Willy Jeep and what's easily the biggest Dodge Power Wagon in the world (pictured). Inside of the massive Power Wagon are four bedrooms and a kitchen with a full-size sink and stove. Best of all, the gigantic truck can act be driven!
Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi and has an insanely expensive collection of rare and beautiful supercars. The cars are kept in a private compound in Abu Dhabi, UAE, called the “SBH Royal Auto Gallery.”
Some of the extraordinary cars in the collection include an Aston Martin One-77, a Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss, a Bugatti EB110, one of twenty Lamborghini Reventóns in the world and an ultra-rare Maserati MC12.
The collection is also home to no less than five Bugatti Veyrons! There are over thirty supercars in the collection, and many of them are worth several million dollars. Looking at the list of exclusive cars in the collection, it's obvious the Sheikh has very good taste.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco started to collect cars in the late 1950s, and as his collection grew, it became apparent that the Royal Palace garage wasn't big enough to store all of them. For this reason, the Prince moved the cars to a larger facility and, in 1993, opened the collection to the public. The facility is located on the Terrasses de Fontvieille and takes up a whopping 5,000 square meters!
Inside, visitors will find over one hundred rare cars, including a 1903 De Dion Bouton, a 2013 Lotus F1 racecar, and the Lexus used to chauffeur the Royal couple on their wedding day in 2011.
Other vehicles include a car that raced in the famed Monte Carlo Rally and Formula 1 cars from the Monaco Grand Prix.
Of all the car collections on this list, my absolute favorite is the one owned by legendary fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The collection of approximately 70 cars is possibly the highest-valued in the world with an estimated value of over $300 million. With a net worth of $6.2 billion, Mr. Lauren can afford to continue to add breathtaking, one-of-a-kind automotive treasures to his collection. The highlight of the collection is the 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic, one of four ever built and one of only two examples that still exist. The car is worth roughly $50 million and won both the “Best in Show” at the 1990 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the world's most prestigious car show. Another car in the collection is a 1929 Bentley 4.5-liter 'Blower' that took part in one of the world’s oldest automobile races, The 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1930, 1932, and 1933.
Jay Leno, the popular host of The Tonight Show, is also an avid car collector. His collection is second to none and is unique in that all of his 150 cars and motorcycles are fully licensed and legal to drive. Following a successful 20 years on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno and his massive car collection became the subject of a TV show called Jay Leno’s Garage. With a small team of mechanics, Jay Leno maintains and restores his precious fleet of cars. Some notable examples from the collection (although they all happen to be notable) include a Chrysler Tank Car (powered by an M47 Patton Tank engine), a 2014 McLaren P1 (one of just 375 ever built), and a 1930 Bentley 27 Liter (powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine from a WWII-era Spitfire fighter plane).
Jerry Seinfeld has an insane multi-million dollar collection of approximately 46 ultra-rare Porsches. Seinfeld is a known car enthusiast and hosts the popular show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, where he and a guest pick up coffee and drive around in vintage cars. Seinfeld regularly puts up some of the cars in his collection for sale to make room for new ones. The collection is kept in a secretive three-story underground purpose-built compound in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
The compound, which was built in 2011 and is located in close proximity to Seinfeld’s Central Park penthouse, includes four large garages, a lounge area, a kitchen, a bathroom, and an office.
Some of the rare Porches include the first 911 ever produced, an exceptional and very valuable 959, and a 1955 550 Spyder, the same model that legendary actor James Dean drove to his death.
The Royal Family of Brunei, headed by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, is among the richest families in the world. This is due to country’s vast reserves of natural gas and oil. The Sultan and his brother Jefri own one the largest and most expensive private car collections on Earth, a collection that's estimated to be composed of well over two thousand cars! The collection includes not only rare supercars but also custom-built one-off designs specifically commissioned by the Sultan from Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and others. The custom builds in the collection include a Ferrari sedan, a Mercedes S-Class station wagon, and interestingly, the first Bentley SUV ever made (long before the Bentayga) called the “Dominator.” The rest of the collection is no less impressive. It reportedly includes a staggering 452 Ferraris, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, and many others.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has amassed a huge fortune as an undefeated boxing champion. His 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao earned him over $180 million. His most recent fight, against UFC Champion Conor McGregor, reportedly earned him approximately $100 million. As one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. can afford to feed his extravagant car-buying habit. Josh Towbin, the owner of Towbin Motorcars, has sold over 100 cars to Mayweather over the course of 18 years and says he likes to pay for them with duffel bags of cash.
Mayweather’s collection includes multiple Bugatti supercars, which cost over $2 million each!
Floyd Mayweather Jr. also recently put on the market one of his ultra-rare cars: a $4.7 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, one of only two in existence. The CCXR Trevita has 1,018 horsepower and a top speed of over 254 mph. As the above picture (showing only a few of his cars) shows, Mayweather loves his cars in white but also owns supercars in a variety of other colors.
Michael Fux moved from Cuba to the United States in 1958. He founded multiple successful businesses in the bedding industry. One of his businesses, Sleep Innovations, was started with a $3,000 investment and had $300 million in sales when Michael sold the company. Another one of his bedding companies was sold to Sealy Mattresses in 2012. The entrepreneur started a car collection that now includes approximately 160 cars (Mr. Fux has lost count). The cars are stored in three hanger-sized garages, and Michael frequently takes them out and drives them. The car enthusiast is also one of just 106 lucky owners of the new McLaren Ultimate Series BP23 hybrid hypercar. Some of the other recent additions to this insane collection include a Ferrari 812 Superfast, a Dodge Demon, a Pagani Huayra, and an AMG GT R.
Khalid Abdul Rahim of Bahrain is an entrepreneur and car lover whose company built the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Circuit and the Bahrain International race Circuit. While many of the collections featured in this article contain classic and vintage cars, Khalid Abdul Rahim’s collection is mostly composed of ultra-modern supercars.
The collection includes one of only twenty Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRs, both a McLaren F1 and a McLaren P1, one of twenty Lamborghini Reventóns in existence, several Lamborghinis including a Miura, a Murcielago LP670-4 SV, an Aventador SV, and a Ferrari LaFerrari.
There are also a Bugatti Veyron (Hermès Edition) and a Hennessey Venom (built on a Lotus Exige chassis). The cars are housed in a pristine garage in Bahrain and truly are works of art.
The Duemila Route (meaning "2,000 wheels" in Italian) Collection was one of the largest car collections ever auctioned. The sale netted an eye-watering $54.20 million! This included not only 423 cars but also 155 motorcycles, 140 bicycles, 55 racing boats, and even several vintage bobsleds! The story of The Duemila Route Collection is quite an interesting one. The collection belonged to an Italian millionaire named "Luigi Compiano," who made his fortune in the security industry. The collection was put up for sale by the Italian government, which confiscated the cars and other valuables because Compiano owed millions of euros in unpaid taxes. The collection includes over 70 Porsches, 110 Jaguars and Ferraris, and many cars from other Italian brands like Lancia and Maserati. The condition of the cars varied from well maintained to utterly neglected. The most expensive car sold at the auction was an alloy-bodied 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C that sold for $3,618,227!
John Shirley made his fortune as an executive at Microsoft, where he was the President from 1983-1900 and was a member of the company’s Board of Directors until 2008. Mr. Shirley, who is 77 years old, races and restores beautiful vintage cars and has won multiple prizes for his treasured automobiles.
His collection contains 27 exotic cars, mostly from the 1950s and the 1960s.
These include many Ferraris including a 1954 375 MM Scaglietti coupe and a 1967 257 GTS Spyder. John restored the 375 MM Scaglietti over the course of two years with the help of a restoration specialist named "Butch Dennison." The car won “Best of Show” at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the first post-war Ferrari to win the prestigious award.
When most people think of George Foreman, they think about either his successful boxing career or of the grill that bears his name, but Mr. Foreman is also an avid car collector! George claims that he doesn’t even know how many cars he owns, and when asked about the precise number in his collection, he responded, “I’ve taken to hiding them from my wife now, and some are in different places. More than 50.” Mr. Foreman’s impressive collection includes many Chevrolets (in particular many Corvettes) and also includes a 1950s GMC pickup, a Ferrari 360, a Lamborghini Diablo, and a Ford GT. Despite owning these exotic and enviable cars, however, George’s favorite among them is his modest 1977 VW Beetle. Having come from a modest background, Mr. Foreman says, “I got the Volkswagen, and the other cars are just dressing around it... it’s not the most expensive, but it’s cherished with me because you never forget where you come from.”
James Hull, a dentist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and car lover, recently sold his rare collection of classic British cars to Jaguar for approximately $145 million. The collection is made up of 543 cars, many of them Jaguars. A significant portion of the cars aren't only rare but also carry great historical significance, including Winston Churchill’s Austin and Elton John’s Bentley. Other notable models include an XKSS, eight E-types, various pre-WW2 SS Jags, 19 XJS models, and many more. When Dr. Hull sold his collection to Jaguar, he was confident that the company would take proper care of this prized vehicles, stating, “They are the perfect custodians to take the collection forward and I know it is in safe hands." Jaguar will maintain the collection at their new workshop in Coventry, England, and the cars will be used to support brand events.
Little is known about Turki Bin Abdullah, the young millionaire who can be seen driving around London in one of his many all-gold supercars.
His Instagram page offers a rare window into his opulent life, with videos of him racing a camel in the desert of Saudi Arabia and photos of cheetahs and other exotic pets sitting in Lamborghinis.
When interviewed, Bin Abdullah wouldn't answer personal questions or talk about his connection to the Saudi Royal family, but he's certainly a powerful individual, with Instagram pictures of him with Saudi officials and military figures. When he travels, he brings with him an entourage of friends, security personnel, and a PR manager. His friends drive behind him in his other extravagant cars. Bin Abdullah’s car collection includes a Lamborghini Aventador, the ludicrous six-wheeled Mercedes AMG G-Wagen, a Rolls Phantom Coupe, a Bentley Flying Spur, and a Lamborghini Huracan, all of which have been wrapped in gold and imported from the Middle East.
Ron Pratte, a Vietnam veteran and successful businessman, sold his construction company for $350 million just before the housing bubble burst. He began collecting cars, motorcycles, and automotive memorabilia, and when his collection was auctioned off, it sold for more than $40 million. 110 vehicles were sold as well as 1,600 pieces of automotive memorabilia, including a 1930’s Harley-Davidson neon sign that sold for $86,250. The cars in the collection were extremely rare and very valuable. The three top-selling vehicles auctioned off were a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake that sold for $5.1 million, a 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus that sold for $4 million, and a 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car that sold for a staggering $3.3 million. The cars commanded such high prices due to their rarity and because they were in pristine condition, having been carefully restored and serviced by Mr. Pratte over the years.
As the owner of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Automotive Group, which has over 100 retail automotive franchises and collision centers across 13 states, Rick Hendrick knows cars. He's the proud owner of one of the biggest Corvette collections in the world, which fills up a huge warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina. The collection includes about 150 Corvettes, including the first ZR1 ever produced.
Mr. Hendrick's love for Corvettes started as a young child and inspired him to start the successful business that made him his fortune.
While he's a passionate Corvette aficionado, Rick Hendrick's favorite car is actually a 1931 Chevy (with a Corvette engine, of course) that Rick built with his father when he was just 14 years old.
Ten Tenths Racing is the name of the private car collection owned by Nick Mason, the drummer of one of the greatest bands of all time, Pink Floyd. His unique cars are well maintained and are also frequently raced in competitions and featured at prominent automotive events like the Le Mans Classic. The collection of 40 cars includes a McLaren F1 GTR, a Bugatti Type 35, a vintage Birdcage Maserati, a 512 Ferrari, and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Nick Mason used his first band paycheck to purchase a Lotus Elan, which he bought second hand. The Tenths Racing collection isn't open to the public, however, so the best way to view Nick's priceless cars would be to attend as many high-profile car events in London as possible, in the hope that he turns up!
The Pinnacle Portfolio collection was recently auctioned, and as many people predicted, it became the most valuable single-owner car collection ever sold at auction.
Selling for $67 million, the Pinnacle Portfolio broke twelve world records for the highest sale prices for several vehicles.
Some highlights from the sale include a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 that was sold for $462,000, a 1988 Porsche 959 that was sold for $1.2 million, and the 400th Ferrari Enzo produced that belonged to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the car selling for over $6 million! What's even more shocking is the fact that many of the cars weren't sold because the highest bids weren't accepted. A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione wasn't sold despite a high bid of over $13 million, and another Ferrari, a 250 GT LWB California Spider, also remained unsold despite a high bid of $8 million.
The Andrews Collection was built up over the course of 15 years by Paul and Chris Andrews, a father and son who share a passion for American automotive history. Their collection was sold for $53.88 million, and it included 78 vehicles and memorabilia. The collection included not only European classics like a 1962 Ferrari 400 SuperAmerica SWB Cabriolet designed by Pininfarina (the last of seven examples) that sold for $7.64 million but also many classic American cars, like a 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Standard Coupe that sold for $4.18 million. Another American classic, a 1938 Packard Eight Cabriolet, was sold for $1.76 million. In total, sixteen cars from the Andrews Collection were each sold for an amount greater than $1 million dollars.
Craig Jackson has been the CEO of Barrett-Jackson for 16 years. Barrett-Jackson is one of the foremost auction houses in the world, and its three major yearly auctions are always packed with rare and expensive cars. Craig has an impressive car collection of his own, and he keeps it in a 34,000-square-foot facility carved into a mountain next to his family home in Parade Valley, Arizona.
His collection of about 30 cars features some extremely rare models, including a 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby EXP 500 “Green Hornet,” the only Ford-Shelby “double prototype” in existence.
The EXP 500 is widely viewed as the most sought-after Shelby Mustang in the world. Another ultra-rare American muscle car in the collection is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1, which Jackson converted from a drag racer into a street car. Jackson’s ZL-1 is a very valuable car as it's #68 out of 69 ever built.
The Gosford Classic Car Museum is Australia’s biggest private car collection, and it's owned by car enthusiast Tony Denny. Tony started buying cars in the 1950s with his first purchase of a classic Ford Zephyr. As his collection was growing at a rapid pace, he decided to open the Gosford Classic Car Museum, which is now a major tourist attraction. The museum is located in a huge warehouse on the Central Coast of Australia and covers more than 11,000 square meters. Tony Denny chose the location for the museum because he was drawn to its beauty and to the laidback lifestyle of those who live in the area. The collection features almost 450 cars, including 35 Ferraris and 25 Communist cars, and is valued at over $70 million. The collection is also distinctly Australian, with 95% of the cars having been purchased in Australia and with a wide range of Holden cars from 1948 to 1978.
79-year-old Rodger Dudding owns the largest car collection in Britain, the collection including 350 vehicles and worth over $55 million. Rodger spent over $10 million building a garage to house his collection in Potters Bar, England. Dudding gained his fortune (estimated to be over $200 million) by inventing the paper-ticket machine, which was adopted by large retail chains like Harrods and Selfridges. Mr. Dudding’s passion for cars began in 1952 when his father purchased a Morris Minor, which Rodger now owns and considers his most prized vehicle. '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.' His car collection has some unusual models in it, including 24 Lagondas, a rare and unpopular Aston Martin of which only 645 were made. The oldest car in Rodger’s collection is a 1911 Vulcan Tourer.
Sources: The Sun; Complex; lamborghini-talk.com