• Feb 28, 2011
Byron Keith Brown's ponzi scheme cars – Click above for a full inventory list

Byron Keith Brown was sentenced to a 15-year prison term last December for stealing $17 million from investors through an internet Ponzi scheme. Now, the federal government is selling off his extensive car collection on Tuesday in an Ellicott City, Maryland auction.

The list of cars for sale is long and packed with blue-chip nameplates. Brown's collection includes the usual litany of BMW, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini and Land Rover models, as well as a decent replica of a 1936 Auburn Speedster.

The cars all look like they're in pretty good shape, and, since this is a goverment auction, there's the outside chance they may sell for a bargain. If we had the coin, we'd be flying ourselves on over to Ellicott City for an up-close look at the inventory.

Check out Manheim Government Auctions for information on each of Brown's car, and if you manage to snag one, swing by and give us a ride. Hat tip to Josh!


[Source: Baltimore Sun]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a nice bunch of vehicles, but it's uninspired. Other than the Speedster it's like a list made by someone who doesn't care about cars but was told: "go buy lots of expensive cars." Don't get me wrong, I love all the vehicles, but if I was spending over a million on cars, there would a bit more character. A Caterham, an E30 M3, a '67 Mustang in Highland green. That sort of thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        He used up all his creativity running the Ponzi scheme. He had none left when it came time to buy cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        he had a lot more cars than these, though i wouldnt say theres anything wrong with someone having a murcie roadster, a db9, or a phantom, unless you're the type that can't have them so you call someone "unimaginative" for buying them. he bought a lot of cars per year for himself and family, some stock exotic/luxury and some custom jobs. lotta stuff he's bought over the years (he's only 35) isn't on that list.
        • 3 Years Ago
        hmm... for me it would be an ariel atom, f430 convertible, E55, and some cheap daily driver.

      • 3 Years Ago
      He has great taste in cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That list of cars had a plot twist at the end. Lambo, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati... VW New Beetle convertible??
        • 3 Years Ago
        I assume the New beetle was for his girlfriend or wife.
      Hubris
      • 3 Years Ago
      After reviewing the vehicle condition reports, I would surmise that he had trouble with both generally accepted accounting principles and parallel parking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like he had trouble going up driveways, several of the front bumpers are scratched. Also, terrible aftermarket wheels.

      But I'd be curious to know what these sell for.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The hideous aftermarket wheels just scream bad taste.
      He just confirms it with the hideous yellow on the Gran Turismo.
      He should be given life for taking a beautiful elegant car like that and getting it in yellow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not worth it. They're all automatics :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      Decent replica? No such thing. Even the well engineered ones are just replicas and no matter what will never be the real thing, therefore vain crap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What idiot posted these on the site? The LP640 isn't 2 wheel drive *face palm*

      http://www.manheimgovservices.com/mags/control/magsSaleVehicleDetail?index=6
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the government really wanted to get top dollar for these, they'd bring them to LA or Miami rather than trying to sell exotics to a bunch of hicks in upstate Maryland
        • 3 Years Ago
        E.C. are not hicks. There's more money than you think. close proximity to bmore and dc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stop spamming your blog.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the guy who runs social security?
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 Jake. Social Security is the biggest Ponzi scheme going.
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL

        I was thinking the same thing.

        Their car collection must be a zillion times better,
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