Admire the collection of billion car and motorbike models
Pham Manh Linh spent 28 years hunting from many countries around the world to own a collection of more than 400 models of cars and motorcycles from famous car manufacturers.
In his private room, Mr. Pham Manh Linh (Dong Da district, Hanoi) displays more than 400 models of cars, motorcycles, and motorbikes that he has collected over the past 28 years.
Linh said that he is a speed lover, so he has had a passion for cars and motorcycles since he was a child. It was his love of real cars that led him to collect models.
In 1994, when he was still a college student, he first saw a model of a Kawasaki ZX-9R model 1994, his liking made him save money to buy his first model. “At that time, I bought a Kawasaki ZX-9R model 1994 for 70,000 VND. That was a large amount of money for a person who had not worked like me”, Mr. Linh shared.
A few years later, when he graduated from university, he went to work, had time to travel, exposed to many different model cars, economic conditions allowed him to start buying the car models he liked. Linh said that he loves real car versions, but cannot afford to own millions of dollars worth of supercars. He turned to the hobby of modeling so that he could own miniature supercars.
Currently, Mr. Linh owns many models of famous car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ducati… The models have a ratio of 1:18, 1:10, 1:12. Each model of Mr. Linh costs from a few hundred thousand to tens of millions of dong.
According to Mr. Linh, in order to be able to own more than 400 car models of all kinds, he had to ask friends to carry them from abroad, travel to buy them himself, and the rest was ordered by him on e-commerce platforms. death, from auctions in the US, UK, Germany…
One of the models that Linh remembers the most is the 2007 MotoGP Yamaha YZR M1 of racer Valentino Rossi. Linh said and said it took nearly a year to be able to own this model in hand despite a successful auction. He said, when contacting the seller, they do not send goods to Vietnam, so in order to receive the model, he must ask a friend in the US for the address, then the model is sent from the UK to the US. , and it was almost a year later from the US that it was shipped to Vietnam.
Pictured is the most valuable model that Mr. Linh owns: the 2012 Pagani Zonda Cinque, Metallic Red, limited edition. “This model has only 20 units produced worldwide. I own the number 17, the car was ordered in Germany. Its price is more than 20 million dong”, Mr. Linh said.
In addition to his hobby of collecting models of racing cars, motorcycles, and cars, Linh also bought himself hundreds of helmet and human models to decorate his collection more vividly.
Notably, the helmet model collection of world-famous racer Valentino Rossi – Italian, with 9 world championships. The simulated helmets of racing driver Valentino Rossi were bought by him for between VND 700,000 and VND 2 million.
Owning a model kit worth billions of dong, Linh shared that in order to preserve the model for a long life, he often has to use the air conditioner to maintain the temperature and humidity in the room to slow down. the process of fading, peeling of paint. Twice a year, Mr. Linh will clean more than 400 of his models. Linh said it takes up to 2 weeks to clean all the models. “Because of my busy work, I take advantage of the evenings and weekends to clean. Each model will be dusted, using specialized varnish to clean, then neatly stored in cabinets and glass boxes to avoid sticking. dust”.
Having in hand more than 400 model cars, totaling about 1 billion dongs, the owner of the collection said, many people know that he spends a lot of money to own the model number and laugh at him because he spends money to buy “things”. play children”. But this man is completely happy with his hobby, because to him people who do not play with models will not be able to understand the value of the item. “People think it’s a toy, but it’s not, this is a miniature version of a car that is exactly like a real car from inside to outside and will have an economic value that increases over time if it is a business. Because I love it, I just want to have more, but don’t intend to sell it,” said Linh with a smile.
Manh Linh shared that in the future, he will still expand his collection, find more new, beautiful, unique and strange car models to enrich the collection. The owner of the collection said he would make a separate room to display all the models he had.