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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:01

Michael Fux: The Ultimate Collection

Written by Kristie Bertucci

As a self-proclaimed “car freak” Michael Fux has to be the luckiest man alive in the eyes of any car enthusiast.

While many collectors might boast a garage of a few exotics, luxury and performance rides, Fux's rides are all lust worthy creations that are out of reach for the majority of admirers. “Growing up, I bought clunkers because I couldn’t afford anything else,” he confesses. “I promised myself that one day when I could, I’d get them all.” And he practically has!

When the Cuban-American businessman first moved to the States with his family at 15, he was dirt poor. Realizing that he wanted something better for his life, the young entrepreneur launched his own battery and used tire shop after bargaining with local car repair shops to sell him their used tires and batteries. With a determined spirit and drive for success, he went on to develop numerous other ventures throughout the years, currently the owner and CEO of Comfort Revolution.

But his love for automobiles first began when he was five when he used to “help” his grandfather steer the wheel of the taxi car he drove. Since then, his love for all things on four wheels has intensified and he’s amassed what has to be the most enviable fleet as the owner of more than 160 rare and exotic cars. “I loved cars since I was five,” he admits. “As I grew up, the love continued to grow and I started buying whatever I could afford and eventually it became so many that it’s now a vast collection.”

His first high-end purchase over $100K was a BMW Z8 and since then, his fleet has grown to include about 20 Ferraris, eight Rolls-Royces, a handful of Lamborghinis, several Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, McLaren’s and Bugattis, to name a few. “I have special relationships with car manufacturers and I get inside looks at new cars and models coming out, so if I like something a lot I buy it, especially for those that come out in limited quantities.”

And it seems that he has a new ride every other month, with two new models just in the month of July alone – a Ferrari 488 Spider and an F12. Then at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in August, he was finally able to take home the new Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible. Plus, he still has a few cars coming his way by the end of the year, including a Porsche 911 R, Mercedes-Benz 65 convertible, three BMWs and a Ferrari convertible. Because he loves every single car in his collection, Fux doesn’t have a habit of getting rid of any, which is why he has so many. But because he’s running out of room (he currently has several garages all across the nation, with the largest one in New Jersey holding about 120 vehicles), he’s selling, for the first time, a few of the ones he doesn’t drive as much.

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying cars,” he confesses. “I can’t imagine how many times I said no more. But then I see something I like and I end up buying it. It’s pretty difficult for me to do, which is why I’m selling a few now. I need more space in my garages for the ones I’m getting.” So far, Fux mentions that he’s getting rid of a McLaren P1 since it’s not too comfy for him, a Porsche Carrera GT he’s had for 13 years, a Ferrari GTO he hasn’t used in a while and a Bugatti Veyron that hasn’t been driven in four years. Since he’s always getting new cars, Fux also admits that his favorite one is whatever his newest purchase is, driving them around a few times before he’s on to the next one.

As you can imagine, he can’t possibly drive every single one of his cars. He currently has a staff of five whose sole job is to take care of the collection and make sure they’re always looking as good as the day he first bought them. “If you walk into my garage, you’ll be in awe because everything shines; it’s better than a showroom,” he admits. “And when it comes to maintenance, I wouldn’t even be able to tell you how much it costs! Depending on the car, it can be $8K or more. It’s not cheap. But that doesn’t even compare to what I pay for insurance!”

Obviously, money isn’t an issue when making his dreams come true. For Fux, his fleet is his prized possession and he’ll be adding to it for as long as he can. “I'm in awe every time I walk into my garage. It’s like Disneyland for car lovers. I never dreamt I’d be able to do that, but look at me now.” Although it seems he has every ride he’s ever dreamed of having, there’s still one missing – a McLaren F1, which he has his eye out for one!