Ian Poulter’s car collection is as impressive as his golf trophy case

The globally-ranked golfer has a taste for rare Ferraris

Ian Poulter | LA Times photo

Many find golf to be a relaxing game. But if you are a pro golfer with $40 million in career earnings, what do you do for relaxation? For Ian Poulter, it’s collecting automobiles. In his Orlando, Florida, home the British Ryder Cup champion and three-time PGA Tour winner has in  his collection 2 LaFerraris, an Enzo, a Ford GT, a Bugatti Veyron and a fully restored 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB-4, just to name a few.

Poulter has always loved cars – particularly Ferraris. His passion goes almost as far back as his golf swing, which started at age 4, when his father gave him a cut down 3-wood. After years of practice and amateur successes, Poulter found himself as a country club teaching pro, but then decided to try to make his way on the European Tour.

From there, Poulter joined the PGA Tour in the United States – after a victory with the European team in the Ryder Cup – and has posted three victories and many top-10 finishes. His earnings from the PGA Tour alone are more than $23 million.

A video produced by well-known car guy YouTuber “Shmee” provides a cool tour of Poulter’s garage. The champion golfer told Shmee during the walkaround, “I was always a car man and I said to myself, ‘When I win my first tournament, I need to buy a Ferrari.’ I won the Italian Open, but the check wasn’t big enough, I won another tournament and that check wasn’t big enough. So when I won my third tournament, which was the Italian Open again, I knew it was time. So I bought myself a 360, and from that moment that love affair has grown.”

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The garage itself is muraled in Ferrari history, Enzo Ferrari himself seems to watch over the collection from the wall. Other interesting cars include an F40, a 550 Barchetta, an ’80s Testarossa, and a 255 GTB.

When Poulter isn’t striking the ball, he is spending time with his wife and 4 children. Needless to say, he admits on camera that he does not get to drive his cars very often. Needless to say, the values of these cars continue to rise – as does his global ranking in the royal and ancient sport.

Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


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