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The 3 Most Jaw-dropping Celebrity Car Collections in the World

Posted on: October 13, 2015 by Platinum Direct

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What would you do if you had more money than you could possibly spend?

Some spend it on private mansions, some on private islands, but others choose to invest in some of the most timeless and priceless collectors items around – the rarest and most expensive cars in the world.

We’ve all seen people drive around in cars that undoubtedly cost more than our house, cars, savings and even vital organs combined. For some of these celebrity collectors, however, the garages they keep their cars in alone are worth more than the average person earns in a lifetime.

From time to time, you’ll see paparazzi snaps of celebrities driving some of the best cars in the world: Ferrari GTO 250s, Custom Maybach and Bugatti Veyrons.

But these collectors can only drive one car at a time. To get a true sense of the magnitude of the world’s best car collections, you have to take a peek into garages.

So let’s have a look at some of the most jaw-dropping celebrity car collections around.

Jerry Seinfeld

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It may not look like much, but this unassuming black door hidden on a Manhattan side street leads to superstar comedian’s Jerry Seinfeld’s $500,000 garage that houses just a portion of his collection of 46 rare Porsches.

Jerry Seinfeld has become quite well known for his love of cars, especially after his popular web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, where Jerry and his famous friends take a ride in classic cars and swap hilarious anecdotes.

Before you even get to the cars, the garage itself is a thing of beauty. Complete with a billiards room, a kitchen and an office, this 844-square-foot warehouse has state-of-the-art climate control technology so Jerry can ensure his cars are kept in perfect conditions from his house three blocks away. The garage itself is estimated to cost around $1.4 million.

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No one is quite sure just what the full extent of Jerry’s collection is, but it is rumoured to be the biggest Porsche collection in the world. The crown of his collection has to be his 959 – worth a whopping $700,000 and is one of only 337 ever built.

On top of his 959 he has at least 10 different coloured Boxsters, presumably to match his outfits, and several classic 911s. Before settling on his custom-made garage, Seinfeld hired an aircraft hanger in Santa Monica Airport in the 1990s to host his fleet.

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Jay Leno

Another world famous comedian and entertainer here, and while Jay Leno’s television career spanning multiple decades, prime time shows, and millions of accumulative viewers, its scale pales in significance when compared to his collection of cars and motorbikes.

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The numbers involved are mind-boggling: Leno’s collection of around 169 cars and 117 motorcycles is kept in two buildings that cover 17,000 square feet and are worth millions alone.

To help maintain his collection Leno has his own machine shop, a mechanical team with all the tools they will ever need, and even a futuristic 3D printer he uses to print out rare and unusual parts for his unique cars.

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Some of the gems in Leno’s collection include (click the car’s names to see photos): the supersonic kit-car, the Ariel Atom, a majestic 1930 Bentley 27 Litre, immaculate original versions of the stunning Jaguar E-Type Coupe and the Lamborghini Miura S and even a 1925 Doble Steam Car once owned by eccentric and ill-fated billionaire, Howard Hughes.

Leno occasionally lets the public view his garage for charity events and TV appearances, but mostly the cars remain behind closed doors.

Unless Leno is taking them for a spin, that is.

Despite owning some of the most priceless, iconic and rare cars in the world, Leno insists on driving all of them. There’s something particularly impressive about someone who is willing to drive a one-of-a-kind classic car from the 40s on the open road, and not just leave it to be seen and not heard.

 

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren, the founder of the multi-billion dollar clothing company that bears his name, owns one of the most striking collections of cars around.

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After the sheer number of cars became too big to handle, Lauren discovered his collection was just too vast to be housed in an underground facility.

Instead, Lauren bought a disused car dealership in downtown New York that was re-designed by company vice president, Alfredo Paredes.

The result – a monumental tribute to automotive achievement.

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With each garage coded according to brand and colour, his museum-like garage is a tribute to many of the most beautiful cars ever designed.

Each car is treated like an exhibit, sat on a bright white pillar and lit by large, industrial halogen spotlights. The walls are bare and entirely white as to not draw any attention away from the cars.

Although it seems a shame that most of these cars probably don’t get to stretch their legs on the open road, but the visual impact of rows of identically coloured Alpha Romeos, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bugattis is incredibly powerful.

Notable cars in his collection include a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa, a silver 1955 Mercedes- Benz 300SL Allow Gullwing, a 1957 Jaguar XKSS and a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder (picture below).

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Lauren even owns a McLaren F1LM – one of five ever made. Just one of the many perks of being the 173rd richest man in the world.

If this article has given you the inspiration you need to start collecting some of the rarest cars known to man, make sure you use Platinum Direct Finance’s Car Finance Calculator to see how we can help you put money down on your ultimate collection.

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