Turns out crime doesn't pay.
Crime pays. Right up until the moment it doesn't and you lose everything. But up until that point, it's easy to live the lavish life, a point proven time and time again by career criminals the world over. For some reason, the wealthiest of criminals often invest in classic cars, but while some may only attain one or two classics, others like Najeeb Khan - former CEO of Interlogic Outsourcing and accused fraudster - amass collections of more than 230 vehicles. Now, the whole collection is up for auction with RM Sotheby's, and the metal on display is enough to make us weak at the knees.
In and amongst the collection of 230 cars, 30 motorcycles, and numerous trucks, trailers, and pieces of equipment are rarities like a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition previously owned by Wayne Gretzky, as well as a number of classics from the last century such as a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, and a 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia.
Some more modern classics are present, too, like a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 - formerly the fastest car in the world - as well as a Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation, part of a limited run of continuation models of the unfinished E-Type Lightweight series. The list of cars goes on to include hallowed names like a 1917 Hudson, a 1927 Bugatti Type 35, and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz SL Gullwing. You'll find something for all tastes in the collection, including a convertible 1966 Citroen DS21 Decapotable by Chapron, a gorgeous Toyota 2000 GT, and some classic American styles in the form of a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, while those with a hankering for race car heritage can turn their bids towards a 1955 Cooper-Jaguar T38 Mk II racer.
The collection even includes oddities like a 1966 Amphicar 770 and a Subaru 360 police car. The best part about the auction is that the Elkhart Collection, as RM Sotheby's is calling it, which will be auctioned over the 23-24 of October, is almost entirely available without reserve. Each and every car is in immaculate condition, and the facility in which the cars have been kept is much more than just a storage warehouse. It's been built specifically for the care of these cars, so it should come as no surprise that all of the cars are in driveable condition. While the massive collection is expected to fetch more than its $31 million estimated value, it pales in comparison to the more than $100 million fraud accusations Kahn faced last year.