Passionate about cars, Luc Poirier has built an impressive collection with the aim of getting his hands on a limited edition Ferrari.
About two and a half years ago, the businessman tried to get the 488 Pista Spider model, but they refused to sell him, even though he was the biggest buyer of Ferraris in the country.
“I’ve been told you buy them but you don’t collect them,” Mr Poirier explained in an interview with agency QMI. So he came up with the idea of having a car collection. The latter is worth almost $50 million today.
The businessman, who has a soft spot for luxury cars, said he “likes new things” and “changes cars.” Hence the fact that he hadn’t started his collection sooner.
Luc Poirier, who owns a large number of Ferraris, explains that he likes this brand for several reasons.
“Since my tender child these are the cars I prefer. It’s like a work of art,” he said, referring to both the racing history of these vehicles and their value. “These are the cars that retain their value the most,” he said.
Luc Poirier owns several limited edition cars, including the Ferrari Aperta and Lamborghini Aventador, but the rarest is apparently a Formula 1 car converted using parts from a single-seater that raced in 2004, the year that Michael Schumacher won his seventh championship.
“These are parts left over from the circuit cars, but the car as such has not driven,” said Mr Poirier, describing it more as a “demo car”. This $2.5 million car is rare as there are only three or four, the collector said.
Nevertheless, the Ferrari Aperta remains Luc Poirier’s favorite because it is a “super car” that is comfortable to drive. “I’m just taking it out in time for the Grand Prix,” he said.
Part of his collection will be in the spotlight at the Montreal Auto Show, which runs until Sunday at the Palais des Congrès.
“I’ve always loved sharing my passion with the world, especially with children,” said the man, who agreed to lend his cars for the show.