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The 2019 Ranking of the top 100 classic car collectors

With our ranking of the global top 100 collectors, we want to honour the efforts of great collectors around the world and establish a podium of recognition for them. At the same time, we hope that this ranking will become a valuable reference point for collecting in general. In 2019 Fred Simeone tops the list of our world‘s most relevant 100 classic car collectors thanks to the heritage of his Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and his ambition and public activities to preserve and promote automotive history.

#1 Fred Simeone

Nationality

American

Top awards

2007 The Quail Best of Show
2017 Octane Awards – Museum of the Year

Most interesting piece

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A

Summary

Born in Pennsylvania, Fred Simeone is a retired neurosurgeon who fell in love with cars in early childhood. His father not only aroused his son’s interest in cars, taking him along on visits to promising junkyards, but also gave him his first car: an Alfa Romeo. An outstanding feature of Fred Simeone’s collection, probably the only one of its kind in the US, is the originality and preserved state of the cars …

#2 Miles Collier

Nationality

American

Top awards

2005 Amelia Island Best of Show – Sport
2012 Bob Akin Award

Most interesting piece

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Summary

Born into an American family of car enthusiasts, Miles Collier grew up in the automobile milieu. His father and his uncle introduced sports car racing to the United States. In the late 1980s he acquired the Cunningham Museum Collection, known today as the Collier Collection …

#3 Evert Louwman

Nationality

Dutch

Top awards

2012 Paleis Het Loo Best of Show
2016 Amelia Island Best of Show – Sport

Most interesting piece

1953 Lancia D23 Spider Pininfarina

Summary

Evert Louwman’s father was professionally involved in the automobile sector, founding a car dealership and later collecting classic cars as well. When Evert took over the business, he expanded the collection, his chosen automobiles including the most important European and international cars. A singular feature of the collection is the fact that almost all the vehicles are preserved in original condition

#4 Arturo Keller

Nationality

American

Top awards

2007 Best of Show Villa Erba
2008 Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este

Most interesting piece

1930 Mercedes Benz SS Erdmann & Rossi

Summary

“He wouldn’t say this because he’s a modest person, but I can assure you that Arturo’s is probably among the top three private collections in the world,” declares Michael Kadoorie. “Ask anybody who has seen it.” Arturo Keller is indeed a highly reserved, private man who shuns the spotlight, probably one of the key figures in the world of classic car collectors. His collection …

#5 Ralph Lauren

Nationality

American

Top awards

1990 Pebble Beach Best of Show
2013 Villa d’Este Best of Show

Most interesting piece

1930 Mercedes Benz SSK “Count Trossi”

Summary

Ralph Lauren is not only a world-class fashion designer and successful businessman, but also an ardent classic car collector. “Cars say as much about you as your clothes do,” he declares. “For me, they are like artworks crafted not only for speed but also for style and beauty.” The broad spectrum of remarkable vehicles …

#6 Peter Mullin

Nationality

American

Top awards

2011 Pebble Beach Best of Show
2018 Peninsula Best of the Best Award

Most interesting piece

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

Summary

Peter W. Mullin is an American businessman and philanthropist. He successfully founded a company and serves as its chairman. His affinity for cars, especially French cars, started long before his business career, namely when his neighbour brought …

#7 Samuel Robson Walton

Nationality

American

Top awards

1998 Designer’s Choice Trophy Meadow Brook Concours
2018 Peninsula Best of the Best Award

Most interesting piece

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Summary

Sam Walton is an American businessman and renowned car collector. He was the Chairman of Walmart from 1992 to 2015, the largest retailer in the world. Passionately involved in racing on track, he has built up a collection featuring the greatest 1950s and 1960s sports and racing vehicles: mostly Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches …

#8 John Mozart

Nationality

American

Top awards

1988 Pebble Beach Best of Show
1998 Pebble Beach Best of Show

Most interesting piece

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Summary

John Mozart is an American entrepreneur who successfully sold his first business to an international business leader in the same field to focus on real estate. Passionate about classic cars and everything else related to the automotive sector, John began his own collection many years ago. Today this stunning lineup of aerodynamic sports cars and racing vehicles as …

#9 Albert Spiess

Nationality

Swiss

Top awards

2014 Villa d’Este Best of Show
2018 Villa d’Este Coppa d’Oro

Most interesting piece

1967 Lamborghini Marzal

Summary

Over the past 40 years Albert Spiess has quietly amassed one of the most spectacular collections of automobiles in the world. Collecting was originally a spare time activity, since Albert was also busy managing his family business, which in time has become an international name. His collection consists of prototypes, concept cars, one-off vehicles, and limited-edition models crafted by the most famous designers and manufacturers. He nurtures a particular love for …

#10 Lawrence Auriana

Nationality

American

Top awards

2014 IAC Business and Culture Award
2017 Most Historically Significant Post-War Race Car Amelia Island

Most interesting piece

1929 Maserati V4 Sport 16 Cylinder Zagato

Summary

During his professional career, Lawrence Auriana worked as a financial specialist and held various executive positions. He acquired his first car at the tender age of 12, and today owns what is arguably the most important Maserati collection worldwide, including the only 16 cylinder Maserati ever built, as well as a number of amazing Alfa Romeos and Ferraris …

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