Romanian billionaire, who owns one of Europe’s largest car collections, forgot he owned a Ferrari F40

  • The Ferrari F40 is one of the most iconic Ferraris over
  • A Romanian billionaire forgot he owned one
  • He found out about it 10 years after buying it

Published on May 14, 2024 at 1:07 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on May 24, 2024 at 6:43 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Ion Țiriac, a former tennis professional and (current) billionaire, also happens to have one of the most incredible car collections, including a Ferrari F40 which he once totally forgot about.

The Romanian businessman-turned-billionaire holds the title of having one of Europe’s largest car collections for a reason.

That’s because you can visit the collection itself at a museum near Bucharest, Romania.

It boasts over 400 vehicles, from good old vintage cars to modern sports cars like the Porsche 911.

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If you think that’s ‘just another’ car collection, think again.

The billionaire also has the newest hypercars, even luxury EVs and hybrids, for that matter.

Now, the Țiriac Collection shines even in front of most car collections in Hollywood.

However, the star of today’s show is the incredible Ferrari F40, which the billionaire forgot he owned.

In an interview posted on the Tiriac Collection YouTube channel, the billionaire shared the story of how he managed to get his hands on a Ferrari F40.

Only to forget about it later, though.

As it happens, Țiriac owned two Ferrari F40s — he purchased the first from Gerhard Berger, who was Ferrari’s F1 driver at the time.

Berger was quite a celebrity back then.

Later, someone tried to take the car off his hands for a considerable price.

But the Monaco-based billionaire rejected the offer and bought another Ferrari F40 instead.

That too for a lesser amount than he could sell the first one for.

Now, he had two F40s but didn’t have a place for the latest addition in his Monaco residence.

So, Țiriac decided to park the new F40 in Munich, where he had some other Ferraris stored.

10 years later, the person taking care of the Munich garage reminded the billionaire about his abandoned Ferraris.

That’s certainly something many of us would like to forget.

The Ferrari F40 isn’t just any other car — it holds a special place in the automaker’s entire lineup.

Now, it’s not the latest V12-powered 12Cilindri, but it has its perks.

For starters, the F40 was the last model that the Italian automaker built before the end of Enzo Ferrari’s tenure.

Plus, the company only put 1,311 units in the market, with many celebrities owning one.

In the span of five years between 1987 and 1992, it was quite a task to get your hands on one of these, even if you could afford it.

Well, if you’re a billionaire, you can afford to forget about a car like that.

You shouldn’t, but it’s maybe a bit more understandable.


Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth is a tech nerd with a secret love of all things cars. He has been writing for a few years now, and on his free time you would find him gaming when he's not procrastinating.