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Inside the Car Collection of the World’s Richest Retired Athlete: Ion Tiriac

12 May 2014

Cars of a Billionaire | Tiriac Collection

Recently, the Romanian Billionaire Ion Tiriac opened to the public his former private collection of exquisite automobiles.

If you were to ask yourself who is the richest retired athlete in the world what would you answer? Michael Jordan? Well, you would be wrong, because the title goes to the tennis icon and financial tycoon: Ion Tiriac!

You can now visit this amazing gallery of some of the greatest motor vehicles. So, we decided to give you guys a glimpse at what the cars of a billionaire look like.

For those of you who don’t know him, Ion Tiriac (Net Worth $1.8 BL) is a former professional tennis and hokey player that made it in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. His massive success comes from companies in banking, real estate, insurance, auto leasing and retail.

Tiriac Collection is the first Romanian private gallery to be opened to the public. You’ll find the gallery in Otopeni City, Romania, very close to the capital city Bucharest. It includes over 60 pieces combining cars and motorcycles from different time frames, the oldest being one piece from 1899.

In a recent interview the billionaire said:

Because I have a passion for cars I started collecting pieces as old as 1899. I have the pleasure to share this passion with the visitors of the gallery. A part of the evolution of the automobile industry is part of this collection which I invite you to discover!

Over time, the gallery will grow to showcase more than 250 pieces from his personal collection. At this point you can find over 30 brands of cars and motorcycles such as Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Ford, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Harley Davidson and Indian Scout.

The most impressive part of the gallery is no other the fact that it is the only private collection in the world that features all the Rolls-Royce Phantoms made before 1972.

With that said, who wants to see some cars?

Rolls Royce Phantom I - 1927 Ion Tiriac Collection Cars of a Billionaire
Rolls Royce Phantom I
Rolls Royce Phantom II - 1934 Cars of a Billionaire | Ion Tiriac Collection
Rolls Royce Phantom II – 1934
Rolls Royce Phantom V - 1960 Cars of a Billionaire Ion Tiriac Collection Richest Retired Athlete in the world
Rolls Royce Phantom V – 1960
Rolls Royce Phantom VI - 1972 Cars of a Billionaire Ion Tiriac Collection Richest Retired Athlete in the world
Rolls Royce Phantom VI – 1972
Rolls Royce Phantom IV - 1952 Cars of a Billionaire Ion Tiriac Collection Richest Retired Athlete in the world
Rolls Royce Phantom IV – 1952
Rolls Royce Phantom III - 1937 Cars of a Billionaire Ion Tiriac Collection Richest Retired Athlete in the world
Rolls Royce Phantom III – 1937
Daimler Conquest Century Drophead Coupe - 1950
Daimler Conquest Century Drophead Coupe – 1950
Cadillac Series 62 Convertible - 1950 Cars of a Billionaire | Tiriac Collection
Cadillac Series 62 Convertible – 1950
Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 1981
Aston Martin V8 Vantage – 1981
Harley Davidson FLH 80 Electra Glide - 1979
Harley Davidson FLH 80 Electra Glide – 1979
Jaguar XJ220 - 1993
Jaguar XJ220 – 1993
1943 Indian Scout 741
1943 Indian Scout 741
Ford RS 200 - 1986
Ford RS 200 – 1986
Ford Mustang Mach 1 - 1970  Cars of a Billionaire Ion Tiriac Collection Richest Retired Athlete in the world
Ford Mustang Mach 1 – 1970
Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG - 2006 Cars of a Billionaire | Tiriac Collection
Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG – 2006
Maserati Ghibli Berlinetta - 1968 Cars of a Billionaire | Tiriac Collection
Maserati Ghibli Berlinetta – 1968
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss Edition - 2009 Cars of a Billionaire | Tiriac Collection
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss Edition – 2009

Photo sources: Tiriac Collection & Forbes.ro

Although this is just a fraction of what awaits you in the gallery, I bet it is enough to get you car juices flowing and make you wanna visit it.

As some of you know, I have a soft spot for old Rolls-Royce’s and I look forward to see how this private gallery compares to the Ferdinand Porsche we covered from Brussels a while back.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into this cars of a billionaire world and get the chance to experiment it live!