Celebrity Car Collector: Nick Mason
Owning a classic car is an impressive feat, but being able to afford an entire collection is something else. Nick Mason, the drummer for Pink Floyd, has amassed a fleet of classic vehicles over the years. A passionate fan of motor racing, Mason has raced several cars and competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What sets his collection apart from others is that all of his vehicles have been raced or will feature in a race in the future. His collection includes such motors as a Lola T297 and Ferrari 250 GTO.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Mason’s GTO is a true powerhouse of a vehicle, running on a 300 horsepower 3.0-litre quad-cam V12. The car is recognised by its distinctive ‘22’ badge on the bonnet. Its aerodynamic design made it perfect for the race track and it was designed to compete with the likes of the Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra and Aston Martin DP214. Today, Mason’s GTO is worth up to £30 million.
1961 Maserati Birdcage
Mason has called this vehicle his “favourite driver. I’ve never had a hairy moment in.” The Birdcage got its name from the tubular space frame chassis, which contained 200 chro-moly steel tubes welded together. This design provided a rigid, lighter chassis than any other sports car of the time. The white body and blue stripe make the Birdcage one of the most striking cars in Mason’s collection.
1983 Porsche 928 S
A luxury grand tourer, Mason’s Porsche 928 is an impressive car. With a front-mounted, water-cooled V8 engine, the 928 had a lot of power to work with. Compared to the previous 911 model, the 928 had a balanced weight that made it a relaxing car to drive. The body was made out of galvanised steel, while the doors and bonnet were constructed from aluminium.
1971 Ferrari 512 S
The Ferrari 512 S is a racing car that had a short life on the track, due to competing with the likes of the rapid Porsche 917. That didn’t take away from the appeal of the car, as it featured a 5-litre V12 engine. With a sleek body and stylish curves, the 512 looked at home on the track and off.
1969 Lotus Elan + 2
Mason has an affinity for fast cars and the Lotus Elan + 2 embodies everything he enjoys about the automotive world. It combined the performance of the Elan Coupe version with 2+2 passenger comfort. This created an agile, relaxed machine that could go from 0 - 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 120 mph.
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Mason joins other British classic car aficionados like Chris Evans and Guy Berryman. He’s a true classic car fan and owns one of the best collections in the world.