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The most valuable car collection ever to be auctioned is coming this year, and it's incredible

Including a Ferrari Enzo gifted to Pope John Paul II

Someone out there with an unfathomably large amount of money is blessed with impeccable taste in automobiles.

What you're looking at here is what the RM Sotheby's auction house is calling the "Pinnacle Portfolio," a collection of roughly 30 post-World War II cars that Reuters reports could get over $65 million when they're individually auctioned at this August's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 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."

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.

The list goes on: there's also a Jaguar XJ220, a Koenigsegg CCXR, the ultra-limited Lamborghini Reventón of which only 20 were made, and a Porsche 959, considered by many Porsche collectors to be a holy grail.

If you want that F1 — which McLaren has upgraded to high-performance LM spec — get ready to shell out at least $12 million.


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