Ferrari isn’t the only Italian marque that Cage is known to have a soft spot for, as the actor has also owned several Lamborghinis over the years. The most high-profile of those is undoubtedly a 1971 Miura P400 SVJ, chassis number 4934, which once belonged to the Shah of Iran. The Shah was at one point one of the world’s most prolific car collectors, but after his regime was overthrown in 1979, his collection was seized by the new government authority. Many of his cars were kept for governmental and diplomatic use, but the Miura and a handful of others were deemed too decadent and sold off to private collectors, reports Supercar Nostalgia.
The car went up for auction in Geneva in 1997, and sold for $446,820, almost double its estimated value, to none other than Nicolas Cage. It’s one of only four SVJs ever built, and at the time Cage bought it, it reportedly had just 1,897 miles on the odometer (via AP News). Supercar Nostalgia reports that the actor kept the car until 2004, when it was bought by an English collector, still with under 3,000 miles on the clock. The car now bears the license plate “71 SVJ” and has been sent back to the factory for a full restoration in the years since Cage’s ownership.