Brian Johnson, lead singer at AC/DC not only likes the heavy, but also the fast metal and has built up a treasury consisting of machinery such as a 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom
, a 2008 Audi Q7
, Audi R8
...But despite the love for horse power, he also shows a soft spot for small odd cars and so in his garage sits also a 1957 Vespa 400
, a modern Fiat 500
and a 1973 DS 23
The comedian has made himself a name as Porsche
collector and supposedly owns about 50 vehicles from the German manufacturer. He is said to possess 10 Boxsters
, several 911s
and a 550 Spyder
from 1955, similar to the one James Dean drove when he had his fatal accident. Highlight of the collection is his Porsche 959
, one out of only 337 ever produced. Ironically, the car is not street-legal in the US and confined to the garage.
The drummer of Pink Floyd has a gusto for racing cars, that becomes strikingly obvious when looking at his collection consisting of 40 vehicles alltoghether. Besides iconic Ferrari 250 GTO
(picture), there is a McLaren F1 GTR
, Bugatti Type 35
, Ferrari 512 S
, Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta
, and, and, and. Mason's love for cars even led him to publish several automotive books and he also participates in classic racing events.
Umberto Panini made his fortune - as you might have guessed already - by inventing the sticker-collection. While we collected images of footballers, he collected iconic Maseratis
as the Tipo 61 Birdcage
and other classic beauties from Alfa Romeo
. And besides the cars, Umberto also owns about 500 motorcycles. The collection can be visited at the Museo Panini
in Modena upon previous reservation.
Jay Leno, besides being known as American entertainer, is also a famed car collector counting about 100 cars and 90 motorcycles. He publicly displays his colllection via his website Jay Leno's Garage
and writes various automotive columns for magazines. He frequently takes his collectibles out for a ride - amongst them show stoppers as a Lamborghini Countach
, Oldsmobile Toronado
or Ariel Atom
Sultan of Brunei
The collection of the Sultan of Brunei is somewhat legendary as it totalls about 2500 vehicles, many of which have supposedly fallen into neglect. Sadly, as Porsche 959s
, Ferrari 456s
, Testa Rossas
and the like, are not exactly the most common items that one should let rott away in a shed. If it falls into oblivion, this collection will do as the most amazing barn find in a couple of decades from now.
Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
The private collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is on public display at the Emirates National Auto Museum
. It is not only astonishing due to its size, but also thanks to a wide variety of oddieties, like this "Bigfoot" Merc. In total, about 200 vehicles dating from the 1950s to the 1990s are shown, many are highly modified and absolutely unique.
Harold E. LeMay
Today a museum, the collection of 3000 vehicles built by Harold E. LeMay until his death in the year 2000, was recognized by the Guiness Book of Records as the biggest private collection in the world. It has everything, from the 1906 Cadillac
Model M, to the 1983 DeLorean DMC 12
and even the 1994 Flintmobile.