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Five rare cars owned by the richest family in SA, the Ruperts [photos]

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Five rare cars owned by the richest family in SA, the Ruperts [photos]

From a R26.5 million 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wing to a R28.4 million 1989 Ferrari F40 – A look at some of the Ruperts’ rarest cars.

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The Ruperts undoubtedly have a soft spot for cars and a museum to show for it. Over the years, they have splurged millions on exotic cars that make up their impressive car collection.

According to Forbes, Johann Rupert and his family have a net worth of $11.7 billion. However, they are the richest in South Africa and are ranked 109 globally on Forbes’ real-time tracking of billionaires as of 19 March 2024.

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FIVE RARE CARS OWNED BY THE RUPERTS

They own the Franschhoek Motor Museum in the Western Cape, which sits within the famous L’Ormarins. The museum has over 220 cars, from a 19th-century motor tricycle to a 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 DTM.

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After all, the Franschhoek Motor Museum boasts anything valuable and beautiful, including some of the oldest and rarest cars, including a Ford Model A from 1903 and a Honda NSX “New Sports eXperimental.”

Let’s dive into some of the most priced and rarest cars from Johann Rupert’s family museum car collection.

1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8

Only 1 380 were ever made between 1919 and 1924. However, the 5.9-litre straight-8 engine workhorse has become one of the most sought-after classics. As of 2023, the Fraschini Tipo 8 had a price tag of R378 000.

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Freccia D’Oro

Dubbed as one of the centres of attraction at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, the Alfa Romeo boasts a rich history in the automobile industry. However, only 680 made it to the market between 1947 and 1952. The R5.8 million automobile was Alfa Romeo’s first postwar car.

1995 McLaren F1 LM

One of the 106 ever-made 1995 McLaren F1 LM is housed at the Franschhoek Motor Museum. The F1 LM hit the market between 1995 and 1997. However, the R15 million F1 LM was built to honour the McLaren F1 GTR.

EXPENSIVE CLASSICS

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wing

Only 1 400 Gull Wing coupes made it to the market between 1954 and 1957. However, 29 of them were all aluminium bodies. Over the years, few of these cars have made it to the market. However, the last listed 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing had a price tag of R26.5 million.

Undoubtedly, the Franschhoek Motor Museum prides itself on some of the best-ever cars to have made it on the market.

1989 Ferrari F40

According to The Richest, the Ruperts own one of the sleek Ferrari cars ever produced, the 1989 Ferrari F40. The Franschhoek Motor Museum reportedly houses one of the few F40s that made it to Africa. However, 1 311 F40s hit the market, and 213 found their way to the USA alone after the unveiling.

 

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Several sources have it that it has a price tag of R28.4 million, which amounts to $1.5 million. However, the listed are some rare cars owned by the Ruperts.

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