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And the other is the number-plate of every single car I’ve ever owned. There are currently about 20 interested parties — private individuals, consortiums, funds, asset buyers.’We wander past the band-leader Joe Loss’s Daimler 66 Vanden Plas; a dark blue Jaguar XJS Convertible commissioned for Princess Diana but cancelled part-way through production, and the Sultan of Brunei’s bomb and bullet-proof Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Limousine.
He now has an astonishing 540 cars dating back to 1919 — it’s Britain’s biggest private car collection and worth more than £100 million.
Oh yes, and he also has 295 pedal cars and 19 huge models of planes from both World Wars.
The teal-blue Ligurian Sea laps against a jagged coastline filled with candy-colored houses and open windows.
At first glance, you’re dying to get inside those houses and find out what’s going on...
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