Nice weather means it’s time to open the garage and pull out that prized piece from your collection. You know… the ride that’s going to turn heads when you’re out there on the roads this summer. Every car collector is proud of a few gems in their garage. However, some garages have more than one or two gems.
Read about some of the most expensive, crazy-cool celebrity car collections in the world. From exotics, rare classics, hot rods, super cars, you name it… these car collectors have their garages filled with unbelievable cars!
Hassanal Bolkiah, aka the Sultan of Brunei
When you have a fortune estimated at around $20 billion, you’re bound to have a few cars – somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 cars, to be more exact. The Sultan of Brunei, also known by his non-titular name, Hassanal Bolkiah, is the ruling monarch and absolute dictator of the country that goes along with his title. Some of the highlights (which is an understatement) are a Lamborghini LM002 safari wagon and the Dauer 962 Le Mans, an extremely limited edition street-version of Porsche’s dominant 962 race car. This is a street legal Le Mans race car from the turbolicious Group C of the 1980s which accelerate up to 250 MPH! He likes his cars with custom modifications and he likes them to go fast. Real fast. He had a BMW 850CSi augmented by Alpina and called the B12. In addition to adding fancy stripes and vents, the car was customized to include a V12 pumping out about 350 HP! Now, that’s royal results!
The two things that most people think of when they hear the name Jay Leno is his distinct look and his love of cars. To most gearheads, the once King of Late Night television has the ultimate car collection. Jay Leno’s tastes run the gamut of automotive history, from early steam-powered tourers to modern supercars, with a healthy dose of American muscle in between. His sprawling garage in Burbank, California is like a museum, including hundreds of cars ranging in styles and decades. This entire article could be sent going through every single one of his cars. A 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC, a 2014 McLaren P1 (one of only 375 built), and even a few oddities like a Chrysler Tank Car powered by the engine from an M47 Patton Tank (yes, you read that correctly) are just a few gems sitting in his garage. At the end of the day, the TV legend easily has one of the most legendary collections.
One of the top designers in the world has one of the top cars in the race. It’s an understatement to say the McLaren F1 LM3 is fast. And don’t just take our word for it, Car and Driver stated, “Forget the Jaguar XJ220, Bugatti EB110, Ferrari F40—until now cars deserving to be called rapid. The McLaren blitzes them all.” Of course, Ralph Lauren had to add it to his already impressive collection. His particular eye for fashion also extends to his cars: Almost all of his cars are red. Lauren has had a special garage made at his New York estate where the cars sit on an all-white platform that is raised on a black carpet. Much of his collection of over 60 cars is comprised of classic like a 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupé and a 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster. Unlike some of the other collectors on this list, he actually drives all of them. Which is good, because we would hate to see the McLaren’s talent go to waste.
You aren’t going to come across too many garage with a Bugatti Veyron in it. Mayweather is one of the highest paid athletes in the world, which might increase even more if he ends up fighting Conor McGregor later this year (the rumor being as much as $1.3 mil. for each). With that kind of money, he can certainly afford a collection that includes a Ferrari Enzo and 458 Spider, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, and a Porsche 911 Turbo S, just to name a few. I think it’s clear that his collection is a knock-out.
He may not be as recognizable of a name like Mayweather and Leno, but Ken Lingenfelter is the owner of one of the most comprehensive car collections in the world! The Lingenfelter Collection has over 200 cars spanning his 40,000-square-foot museum. He loves all cars, but his heart is set on the Corvette and other forms of American muscle. This love of GM products makes sense since Ken’s father worked at the Fisher Body company when it was predominantly responsible for making the bodies for the higher end GM products. Ken runs Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a maker of products that have been instrumental in establishing performance thresholds. Some of the first cars that started his collection were a 77 Corvette Coupe and a 1969 Jaguar XKE.
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