All to the tune of $4.5 million.
It's no secret in gearhead circles that comedian Adam Carolla is a huge fan of Paul Newman, with this obsession primarily manifesting itself in an impressive collection of racing cars driven by the fabled actor and pro driver. As of 2015, Carolla had amassed no less than seven of the vehicles associated with Newman's 37-year racing driver career, to the tune of nearly $1 million. Which, according to Rennlist, has now just increased by another $4.8 million, thanks to Carolla's latest acquisition.
When you increase a car collection's value by more than 400% through the purchase of just one vehicle, the former racer in question better be something special.
And, indeed, it is: the Porsche 935 displayed here is the very same one that Newman (alongside Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen) drove to a class victory and an overall runner-up position at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Amazingly (and rather thankfully), Carolla won't be keeping this incredible piece of Porsche/Newman racing history tucked away, as he's already confirmed the 935 will be driven around Laguna Seca sometime next year (presumably during the 2017 Monterey Motorsports Reunion). Though Carolla's obviously a wealthy man, even he's had to make compromises in order to acquire his "Holy Grail of cars".
While he was able to amass the $4.8 million needed to buy the ex-Newman 935, Carolla will now need to sell off a part of his current car collection. Which, considering Carolla's self-confessed Datsun obsession means he likely won't part easily with those examples, means the auction axe will likely now fall on at least one of the Lamborghinis he owns, like the Miura. Not that we feel sorry for Carolla - after all, his now incredible Newman racing car collection is now crowned with likely the most important example of them all.