John Collins bought the incredible collection of 27 cars which includes models from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.
And among the “Aladdin’s Cave” of cars are an – which is the British car maker’s ultimate hypercar – and a Ferrari 288 GTO, currently one of the fastest appreciating classics. The vast majority of the cars have hardly been driven – with a 1982 Lamborghini LP500S having a mileage of just 500 miles.
Mr Collins was contacted about the collection, which has been hidden away in storage just outside London, and was asked if he was interested. The businessman was away at the time but jumped at the opportunity to seal a deal.
It is thought the cars are worth around £20 million, making it one of the biggest sales of a private collection in British history. In total, there were four Aston Martins, 11 Ferraris, one Jaguar, four Lamborghinis, five Mercedes and two Porsches.
A number of the Ferraris are worth more than £1 million while a 1965 Jaguar E-Type has just 2,605 miles on the clock.
Another model popular as a poster on the wall of children’s bedrooms is a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa which just only been driven 1,788 miles in its lifetime.
There is also an Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Sanction II, one of just four cars ever built. A Mercedes SL Gullwing, regarded by many as the original and most beautiful sports car ever, is also in the collection, as is a convertible version.
Mr Collins, who runs Ferrari specialist Talacrest, in Ascot, said: “The owner has built up the collection over the past 20 years and he decided to sell them.
“He didn’t want to sell them separately so a contact got in touch with me and I decided I had to have it. I didn’t know the collection existed. It has to be one of the biggest ever purchases of a private collection in the UK. When the warehouse doors opened and I walked inside, I thought ‘wow’, it was an Aladdin’s cave of cars.
“All of the cars are special. There is a Lamborghini Countach LP500S with just 500 miles on the clock and a 1991 Testarossa which has only been driven 1,788 miles from new. To someone like me, the collection is amazing.”
Despite only just doing the deal, Mr Collins has already re-sold ten of them in a week.
Other cars in the collection include a silver Aston Martin DB5, like the model driven by James Bond, and a Lamborghini Miura, a car regarded by many as the original Italian supercar.