The Sultan of Brunei
A combination of a seemingly unquenchable thirst for the expensive exotic cars, high-end luxury cars, priceless classic cars and one of a kind concept cars and a $20 billion dollar bank account has created the largest and most expensive car collection in the world. The Sultan’s exotic car collection is so decadently massive that it is estimated to currently be worth twice Jay Leno’s reported net worth, or $300 million dollars. His most expensive car, and one of the priciest cars in the world, is a $14 million dollar custom Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Limousine loaded with 24k gold. His collection includes the rarest fast exotic cars that you can think of including a McLaren F1 (well make that 8 of them), Ferrari FX, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Although there have been lists published detailing some of the cars in the Sultan’s amazing car collection, there is still no entirely accurate and complete accounting of his car inventory. Speculation for his car collection varies drastically between 3,000 and 6,000 exotic cars.
Jay Leno is currently the most famous car collector on earth and known almost as much for his car collecting passion (or addiction) as for his stand-up comedy and talk show hosting. Jay Leno’s car collection is dynamic so he is constantly adding, trading or modifying cars and motorcycles, but he is currently rumored to have over 100 cars and over 90 motorcycles. Leno’s car collection is diverse in terms of age, price, rarity, engine configuration, brand, etc. For instance he has a 1906 Stanley Steamer but also a brand new McLaren MP4-12C super car. Jay Leno is respected as a true car guy that procures cars (albeit expensive ones) simply because he loves automobiles as opposed to collecting high-end cars as a status symbol. Within his massive warehouse garage he even has special equipment for working on cars such as a sheet metal English wheel, welding machines, water jet cutter, plasma cutter, etc. View the Jay Leno car collection below.
Tucked away in large, squeakily clean warehouse in the quiet town of Brighton, Michigan is one of the best rare car collections in the World. It belongs to Ken Lingenfelter who is the son of a successful GM executive. Ken made a fortune in the real estate settlement industry and in more recent years has made a name for himself with the purchase of his cousin’s high-performance aftermarket parts company, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. Ken’s collection includes some of the most exotic cars in the world, not to mention expensive. He graciously allows the public to come and view his car collection on a fairly regular basis and donates the admission proceeds to charity. Like the Sultan of Brunei and Jay Leno, Ken Lingenfelter continues to grow his amazing rare car collection each year.
Other Honorable Mentions
Although Leno, Lingenfelter and the Sultan have perhaps the three largest and most expensive private car collections in the world, there are a number of other insanely immense car collections out there. Some celebrities that are known for their amazing car collections include (but are not limited to) Jerry Seinfeld, Ralph Lauren and Birdman (rapper).