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Old 25th November 2008, 16:15   #1
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If you ever wondered what the world’s most expensive garage looked like, this is probably as close as you will get to seeing it. Secretly filmed footage takes viewers on a 1½ minute tour of a garage apparently owned by one man, that is stuffed full of the most desirable cars in the world. It is impossible to count all of them but a conservative estimate is that there are upwards of 40 supercars on show.

The video was posted recently on the web and caused a sensation among car fans. Within hours, hundreds of thousands had viewed it, with hundreds posting comments.

“I want to work there,” said one.
“There’s no way one person owns all that. The maintenance and upkeep on all of those would employ someone for life,” said another.

Watch the clip and you’ll see why. It’s filmed inside a multi-storey car park through the side window of a car as it climbs up through the levels. The grainy footage shows the back of a Ferrari and a Lamborghini dead ahead. Then the camera pans right and picks out an orange Porsche. Up the ramp to the next level, and on the right is another Porsche, then a Maserati.
The driver of the car says: “He used to have a Porsche [911] Turbo too, but it’s not here today. Maybe it’s out.”

The man doing the filming interrupts. “Oh, oh,” he says excitedly, “this is an Enzo and an FXX [actually it’s an F50, but let’s not quibble].” The car stops and the camera lingers over the two limited-edition Ferraris.
The video clip gives no obvious pointer to the identity of the owner. The world of supercar ownership is a closed one at the best of times. Those who can afford to pay the average price of a house for a car tend to keep a low profile — especially in these austere times. So the mystery billionaire with a garage worth more than the GDP of a small country was understandably shy about coming forward.

There were, however, some clues in the video. First of all, while there are many rich people who have expensive car collections, there are only a few collections like this. Second, at least 10 of the cars include 888 in the registration — 8 is considered a lucky number in China. Then there are the cars themselves. Clearly the owner likes performance motors. In total there are 12 Ferraris, worth at least £2m, including, in addition to the Enzo and F50, an original late-1960s Dino 246 and a Testarossa 512 M.
Also in the collection are high-performance versions of less exalted brands. A Nissan GTR, a BMW 750i, a Lotus Elise and a Mercedes CLK DTM, a machine inspired by the company’s victory in the 2003 German touring car championship, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.
Only 100 were made, each one selling for €203,500 in 2004 (about £138,000 at the time).

There are his-and-hers Porsches, a pair of 911 GT3 RS models (the latest 997 variant) in viper green and special orange. Complete with colour-co-ordinated roll cages in the cabin, these are as close as it gets to driving a race car on the road.

Looking a little average beside all the other expensive metal is a Rolls-Royce Phantom coupé, which costs a shade under £300,000 new; and let it not be said that the owner lacks a sense of fun: among all the exotica sits a Mini Cooper S.
Having studied the evidence, like Loyd Grossman in a car-themed episode of Through the Keyhole, we came up with a shortlist of five Hong Kong-based businessmen who have both the passion and the cash to create this automotive Aladdin’s cave.

After a bit more investigation we decided that the most likely candidate is Sham Kar-wai. Sham is the chairman of a company in Hong Kong called IT Limited, which deals in fashion and accessories, and owns the local franchise for French Connection. He started with a single shop 20 years ago and has expanded the business to more than 100 shops across China.
He is as colourful as he is successful. Married to Chingmy Yau, a movie starlet, he has just employed the model Agyness Deyn as the face — and body — of his latest ad campaign. His passion for cars is shared by his friend Aaron Kwok, a well-known singer in Asia. There is some rivalry between the two: Aaron too has an exotic car collection, including a Ferrari F50, Enzo, 599 and F430 and a Lamborghini Murciélago and Gallardo Superleggera.

It is not clear whether Sham was aware of the footage. He was unavailable when we contacted his office last week. The suspicion must be, though, that if it is his collection he must be secretly proud that it has been made public. After all, where’s the fun in curating an exhibition such as this if no one ever sees it? Certainly the worldwide audience was appreciative.

Source: J. Mills for The Times UK

Me: And I do wonder why there was no Veyron or a Pagani? But man what an absolutely stunning collection that is! One hell of a lucky guy!
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Old 25th November 2008, 16:48   #2
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Good GOD! And i'm not even religious!!

Stunning collection. Stunning stunning collection, and the owner has brilliant taste. Legendary stuff!
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Man not only does he have amazing taste , but amazing cash too.
Nice find there.
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Me: And I do wonder why there was no Veyron or a Pagani? But man what an absolutely stunning collection that is! One hell of a lucky guy!
Make that 'hard working' and lucky

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Do you have a link to the video?
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Man, this dude sure does have one hell of an impeccable taste for cars.

Maybe they could make a sequel to Gone in 60 seconds through this, and name it " All Gone from 1 building. "
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Awesome collection! But are these beauties being driven, that too in a way they ought to? If not, this is nothing but a billionaire's 'car showcase'.
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Awesome Garage...just imagine the insurance the owner has to fork upto.
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Do you have a link to the video?
Nah man tried looking for it but couldnt find it. Will keep on looking.

@Jayabusa: Man having 40+ supercars in your garage would be a job onto itself..even if he drove one daily, and 2/3 on weekends, he would still hardly manage to drive all of them in a month!
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The Sultan of Brunei's private car collection was said to be equally if not more impressive.
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Simply stunning collection

PS - I AM UP FOR ADOPTION.
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What on earth is this?
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The Sultan of Brunei's private car collection was said to be equally if not more impressive.
Na...the sultan's is 'slightly' better

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The Sultan is famous for his vast automobile collection. In 1998, the British car magazine Autocar published undercover photographs of the Sultan's cars, which included unique modifications of Ferraris and Bentleys. It has been said that he has at least 3,000 to 6,000 cars and has bought over U.S.$4 billion worth of cars. The number purchased by his business interests and the number actually used by himself and his family differ greatly. According to Guinness World Records the Sultan's personal private collection has 500 Rolls-Royces — the largest collection of that marque in the world. During the 1990s, his family accounted for almost half of all Rolls-Royce purchases, bulk buying slightly modified vehicles for diplomats and adding unique cars to their own collection. He also owns the very last Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, a 1992 state landaulette. Among his collection are the Porsche Carrera GT, Lamborghini Diablo Jota, Porsche 959, Bugatti EB110, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Maybach 62, Jaguar XJR-15 and six Dauer 962's. He is also the owner of six models of the Ferrari FX, the original red show model of the Bentley Continental R, two fully operational versions of the Ferrari Mythos concept car, both of the Ferrari 456 GT Sedans, the only right hand drive Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR in the world, five McLaren F1's including both black LM models and three Cizeta-Moroder V16T cars. He also possesses a Formula One car as driven by every Formula 1 World Drivers Champion since the 1980 Formula One season, particularly the ones driven in the last race for each season. A prime example of this is Jacques Villeneuve's Williams FW19 which still bears the collision damage courtesy of Michael Schumacher in the 1997 European Grand Prix.

He has a special interest in buying one-of-a-kind concept cars, including the Bentley Java and Bentley Dominator 4x4, whilst leaving slightly more common race cars such as the Aston Martin AM3 or the modified Mercedes-Benz 300SL to his brother Jefri. The collection of vehicles was for the most part stored and serviced in five aircraft hangars, where specialist teams from the various manufacturers would maintain the collection.

The Daily Mirror (UK) reported on October 26, 2007 that the Sultan owned 531 Mercedes-Benzes, 367 Ferraris, 362 Bentleys, 185 BMWs, 177 Jaguars, 160 Porsches, 130 Rolls-Royces, and 20 Lamborghinis
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The Sultan of Brunei's private car collection was said to be equally if not more impressive.
heres a link to sultans collection.
List: Sultan of Brunei's complete car collection - German Car Zone

Even if the authenticity of the list is a question it is always roumered the collection running into 5000 + cars.

Jay Leno has 250+ car collection (classics, supercars included)

and why go far. our very own Vijay Mallaya has a 50 + personal car collection in his SanFransisco house. (this is what he acknowledged in an interview on NDTV)..
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guys here is a link to the video:

The Ultimate Garage - GTSPIRIT.COM


The website claims its actually the garage of an expensive apartment complex in Hong Kong which seems possible since there are some regular cars parked too (very few though !!)

Its also possible that 1 guys owns most of them, rather than all of them

quite a treat to watch though, enjoy !
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