His fancy of
and McLaren models
started in 2013: “My
first Rolls was born
at the Pebble Beach
I was at the Rolls-
Royce house [rented
during the week of
the event to entertain
customers] and I saw
a purple pansy. I said
to them 'make me a paint in this colour', and so they did. That car [a Phantom Drophead Coupé] has 19 coats of paint.” Then he decided he’d like a matching McLaren 12C Spider. Rolls-Royce agreed to share the paint formula with McLaren on the proviso that the colour could not be shared with anyone else.
It’s a similar story with Fux’s complementary cars – a Rolls-Royce Dawn and McLaren 720S – at this year’s Pebble Beach. Fux saw an orchid he liked and asked Rolls to “match it” for the Dawn. Then he saw the 720S and wanted one. The rest is gaudy history.
Same again next year, then? Perhaps not, but he’s lined up for McLaren’s forthcoming Ultimate Series car, the hybrid BP23. He is one of 106 customers for the £2m hypercar and, predictably, Fux
says he wants to get “a BP23 in a special colour”. It’ll be a suitable replacement for his emerald green P1, which he auctioned for charity at Pebble Beach last year.
He describes car collecting as an addiction: “At least if I had an addiction to drugs I’d spend a lot less money!”
It’s hard to fathom how anyone can drive all these cars, but drive them he does. But surely he can’t have a favourite car with this many to choose from? “The first car I fell in love with when I started collecting in 2001 was a BMW Z8. I still love the styling and the performance.” But his actual first car was a 1949 Dodge coupé. He picked it up not long after arriving in the US from Cuba in 1958 as an impoverished teenager.
We’ve talked a lot about fast, glamorous cars, but surely a man with this many vehicles must have delved into the world of SUVs? Indeed, he has a Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes G550 4x42 and a Land Rover. The Bentley Bentayga seems an obvious model for Fux but he says: “No, I’m going to get the Rolls-Royce [Cullinan SUV] when it comes out.”
In the meantime, his car of choice for being chauffeured in during visits to New York is a white Phantom. He impatiently loads his Instagram account (which has 94,000 followers) to show me the car and explains the pictures “don’t do it justice”. The car’s paint has a hint of “green sparkles” running through it, apparently.
Fux is clearly a busy man. Not only is he running a mattress empire and driving any one of his 160-plus cars, but he has properties in New York, New Jersey, Idaho, Florida and California. The list trailed off after that, but there’s certainly more.