Mason is an auto enthusiast who has competed five times in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. He is on the advisory board of IGA Automobile LP, which plans to buy the finest models by top marques of the type he collects. Mason’s garage houses cars by Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Jaguar, Ferrari, such as a 250 GTO, and Porsches including the 962.
“This is the first classic-car fund that’s purely for financial returns, rather than passion,” said Nick Lancaster, a director of the Guernsey-registered fund that began canvassing investors on Jan. 2. “We’re looking for a straightforward in- and-out return on our assets.”
Exceptional sports cars are making record prices, encouraging wealthy individuals to buy or sell physical objects while they assess the performance of financial markets, said dealers. Still, some are watching to see if a car fund can avoid the pitfalls of other investment groups such as those that invest in art, wine and whisky, not all of which have succeeded. […]