Car enthusiasts attend shows and auctions, some for the hopes of scoring their dream car and others just to see the beauty on offer. Some people’s garages are a car show in and of themselves. It’s not just celebrities like Jay Leno who can boast garages full of sleek foreign steel and American muscle. Biz Journals reports on the garage of a money manager which houses a number of drool-worthy vehicles.
Money manager Brian Ratcliffe has a garage that could well serve as an automotive museum. Cars, both foreign and domestic, each valued at least at $100,000, are parked in his garage.
He approaches buying vehicles like he approaches equity investing.
“I’m an investment advisor; I manage equity money in the stock market. When you buy a car, the mentality of how you purchase the car, where you think the values are going to go, are very similar,” he said. “I use the same principles, so I don’t lose money on the purchases.”
He doesn’t restrict his love of cars to America, either. He has early and late model Porches to represent Germany. Ferrari represents Italy with a 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV. For us older people, that’s the same car that Tom Selleck drove in the hit series Magnum, P.I.
Though he does have some cars from across the Atlantic, the majority of his collection is from the days of American muscle and when three-on-the-tree transmissions were where it was at.
A 1954 Corvette in the rare shade of pennant blue; the “unicorn” of Gone i]In 60 Seconds, code-named “Eleanor,” a 1968 Shelby GT 500; and a 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda, one of only 368 made. These are just a few of the gems that Ratcliffe has in his garage.