Texas businessman Don Davis loves classic cars, but even he can have too much of a good thing.
Davis currently owns nearly 100 classic automobiles. And not just any classic automobiles, but some of the world’s most rare super cars, sports cars and limited editions. These include a 1941 Chrysler Newport pace car from that year’s Indianapolis 500 which is valued at more than $1.2 million; a dozen or so Porche’s; a bunch of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadsters and coupes, and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, just to name a few.
Later this month Davis will be clearing out his garage, offering 64 of his classic cars, more than half his collection, up for auction. Most of the cars he is offering at auction are duplicates in his collection, but not all of them. Some, like the Chrysler Newport are one-of-a-kind examples of automobiles the likes of which have never been seen before (or since.) Also being offered for sale is a near mint, black-on-black 1965 Cobra with the original Shelby window sticker, buyer’s order and receipt, and extensive registration records.
Another unique automotive specimen being offered by Davis is the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, one of just 99 ever built, powered by a 300-horsepower V-12 engine.
Davis said he is not getting out of the business of collecting classic cars, and is certainly not doing it for the money. He is reducing his collection, he said, because maintaining his fleet of classic cars has become too time consuming for him, and he prefers the “chase” of classic car collecting, to the actual owning.
Davis will place his classic cars up for auction on April 27.