Vehicles

On sale: a $65 million car collection

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All photos: Patrick Ernzen

The Verge reports:

The most valuable car collection ever to be auctioned is coming this year

Only a fraction of the collection has been unveiled thus far, but it’s already dropping jaws: highlights include the first production Bugatti Veyron (just shown at Geneva this year alongside La Finale), the second-to-last road-going McLaren F1 ever built, and the last Ferrari Enzo — number 400, which was a gift to Pope John Paul II from former Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Many of the cars have barely any miles on the clock. You’d have a hard time building this collection in a racing video game, much less in real life.

To be clear, these cars are single-sourced — one person currently owns them. Shelby Myers of RM Sotheby’s sums up the absurdity and anonymity of the collection pretty well: “While many of the world’s most impressive collections were established in the public eye of the car-collecting world, The Pinnacle Portfolio was assembled with a clandestine, surgical precision unlike any other that has come to market. Its almost obsessive focus on perfection, rarity, and the superlative, irrespective of price, makes it the most significant and valuable private collection of motor cars ever presented at auction.”

No word (understandably) on who that one owner is.


2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport


2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, chassis number 001


2005 Ferrari Enzo, 400 of 400, presented to Pope John Paul II


1998 McLaren F1 LM


1964 Ferrari 250 LM


1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Let’s face it: electric cars are here

On April 1, I posted this story about a guy who converted a vintage Mustang into an electric car. And he made it insanely powerful.

“[It] produces over 800 horsepower and a mind-numbing 1,800 pounds of torque.” (The Verge)

Here’s another story about a guy who converted a vintage car into an electric car:

Search the internet, or your town. There are more and more of these stories. At all different levels of cost.

Exciting times.