Who are the world’s top 100 classic car collectors accounting for an overall value of over 8 billion dollars? 50% of these collections are located in the USA, and the rest in Europe and Asia. In the front line are Americans Miles Collier, Fred Simeone, Peter Mullin and Ralph Lauren, along with the Dutchman Evert Louwman, the Swiss Albert Spiess and the Chinese Anthony Wang.
This ranking, along with the data and features of the great collectors, is the focus of the first issue of „The Key – Top of the Classic Car world“, the report published by The Classic Car Trust. Editor in Chief Antonio Ghini, present data and facts, expert opinions, including those of FIA president (International Automobile Federation) Jean Todt, the Chairperson of Pebble Beach, Sandra Button, and Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the renowned designer and President of the Jury of the Concorso d’Eleganza of Villa d’Este.
There is also a recollection of the great cars of cinema by Jürgen Lewandowski, a story about the Mille Miglia – the most beautiful race in the world – and interesting comparisons between classic cars, art and vintage watches. And then there’s the “book within the book” by Antonio Ghini, which describes some of the events and excitement associated with the world of collecting where, ultimately, the heart always wins out.
A real highlight of this annual report is the ranking of the top 100 classic car collectors, which will likely attract the attention not only of the collector community but also of the wider media. As well as facts and data, the chapters describe the great collectors and their collections, based on analysis of publicly available information and specially conducted surveys. Presented in Forbes and Fortune style, the top 50 includes a description of each collection. The ranking is the product of several different parameters, including economic value, participation in events, awards received and the collection’s contribution to the sector’s image and cultural impact. As is usual in these cases, the classification will have to be updated annually, not least to account for the many collections that are currently unknown or intentionally hidden, but that might one day come to light.