- South African Billionaire Johann Rupert arguably has one of the greatest car collections in the world
- Some of the cars owned by Rupert include a Porsche Carrera GT, Jaguar E-Type, Honda NSX and a Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG
- The multi-million rand car collection is open to the public at the Franschhoek Motor Museum located in the Western Cape
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Johann Rupert has grown his luxury goods companies to become one of the richest people in South Africa and is the chairman of the Remgro and Richemont Group with a reported net worth of around R126 billion. He also has an incredible collection of cars worth millions of rands.
We take a look at five of the most special whips in his garage.
2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG
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This particular AMG model doffs its proverbial hat to the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series and is powered by a AMG's 5,5-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 428kW and 800N.m.
The zero to 100 km/h sprint time is 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 320 km/h. Only 40 right-hand drive examples were produced and the estimated value is R5,5 million.
One of the world's first hypercars the Porsche Carrera GT is widely considered to be one of the ultimate models to come from Zuffenhausen. The engineers achieved maximum output of 450 kW (612 bhp) at 8000 rpm and maximum torque of 590 N.m. Top speed is 330 km/h. It is valued conservatively at R15 million.
One of the world's most famous supercars, the Honda sports car stands for NSX "New Sports eXperimental" and has a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, an all-aluminium body and chassis, a V6 engine that produces 216kW and 304 N.m according to NetCarshow. It is reportedly worth around R1,5 million.
One of the more rare cars in Rupert's collection, and one of the most valuable Aston Martin models ever is the DB4 GT. According to Aston Martin, this model has fetched over R20 million at auction. Power comes from a 3,6-litre petrol engine with 225kW and weighed just 1269 kg for a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 6,1 seconds which back in 1961 was rapid.
Easily the prettiest car on our list is Rupert's Jaguar E-Type from 1968. The British sports car was produced between 1961 and 1974. This version is a fastback coupe and is powered by a 4,2-litre inline six-cylinder. Conservatively, this E-Type would be worth around R4 million.
The world’s most valuable car sold for R2,2 Billion after private collector buys 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR UCoupé
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé has been sold at auction for a record price of €135 million or R2,2 billion to a private collector, Briefly News reports.
The car, which is one of two created in 1955, has always been regarded as one of the great jewels of motoring history, but few ever imagined that it would be offered for sale. This example is one of just two prototypes built by the Mercedes-Benz racing department, the car is named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design, often cited as being ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.
The remarkable 300 SLR was based on the hugely successful W 196 R Grand Prix car which won two World Championships in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, but with its engine enlarged to 3,0 litres for sports car racing. The car was capable of 289km/h mph, making it one of the fastest road-legal cars to have ever been created at the time.
Source: Briefly News