for most people, one car is enough
but US talk show host Jay Leno has 169, and the number keeps on growing!
When you've got a net worth in the hundreds of millions, then you've probably got more money than you know what to do with. Once you've got your luxury home and private island sorted, the next thing you naturally think about will be purchasing your dream car. But why stop at buying one when you can buy a whole fleet? Here's a rundown of what some of the rich and famous car collectors have in their garages…
Though not as well-known on this side of the Atlantic, Jay Leno has been a huge star for decades in the US. The 69 year old started off as a stand-up comic before fronting The Tonight Show for a 17-year stint. During that time, he's amassed a personal fortune of $350 million. At the time of writing, Leno owns 181 cars, including a 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Racer worth $185k and a 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car with a $415k price tag. He's a savvy investor too - having once picked up a McLaren F1 for $800k he's since been offered $17.5m for it! Oh, and he also owns 160 motorcycles – so he practically has a vehicle for every day of the year.
During the late 1990s, Jay Kay was almost as famous for his expanding car collection as he was for his chart success as the frontman of Jamiroquai. A lover of the harder-to-find vintage cars, one of his favourites is his prized 1968 Porsche 911 S. He's much more of a fan of what's under the bonnet as what's on the outside, but thinks the next generation aren't as bothered; “I think youngsters want different things. They want gadgets. Performance takes a back seat.” he told The Times in a 2017 interview.
But now he's settled down with a young family, even Jay needs to sacrifice some of extensive collection and has put many of them up for auction.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
Admittedly falling into the rich category rather than the famous, the 'Rainbow Sheikh' is so called because he has a range of seven Mercedes S-Classes in all the colours of the spectrum. The eccentricities don't stop there; he owns a replica of the first car ever made (the 1885 Benz Patent Motorwagen, fact fans), built the largest truck ever (basically a Dodge Power Wagon, but 64 times the size) and once carved his name into his own private island. OK, the last one wasn't car related, but we couldn't not mention it.
Finding his fortune as the drummer with prog-rock giants Pink Floyd, Mason has spent the best part of the last 50 years driving (and racing) his collection of over 40 classic cars. While not as extensive as some collections we've covered, Mason has a knack for snapping up some true classics. His first car, a 1969 Lotus Elan 2+2 would have most petrol heads drooling already, but his vintage line-up also includes a '55 Jaguar D-Type and a Ferrari 512 S.
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