Seized car collection goes to auction

A seized car collection recovered from a London crime boss goes auction this weekend, among them a Ferrari Enzo.

The collection was seized by the National Crime Agency from Alexander Surin, a convicted ketamine trafficker now on the run in Dubai. He funded a lavish lifestyle on the proceeds; his love of cars earned him the nickname ‘Don Car-Leon’. Oh, how they laughed when they came up with that one.

The Enzo will be auctioned at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale this weekend, alongside a Ferrari California, Ferrari 599GTB and Rolls-Royce Phantom. All are left-hand-drive and have notably low mileage.

All the cars carry conspicously low estimates, as well. The Enzo is valued at £600,000 – £800,000, probably because of some confusion over exactly when it was built – the Ferrari factory will be able to clear that up for the new owner. The 599GTB, which received the attentions of Ferrari’s Tailor Made department, is estimated at £60,000 – £90,000; the California at £50,000 – £80,000 and the Phantom at £30,000 – £50,000. Sadly the Phantom does not come with the £800k cash found in the boot.

Clearly, given the cars’ – err – interesting provenance, Bonhams is being conservative. No reserves have been set, so there is the potential to pick up a bargain. The proceeds go to the public purse.

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By Only Motors

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