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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2008 4:48 am | Updated: 12:05 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

If our vehicles reflect our business success, then what does this elite collection say about this music man?

Music producer Scott Storch is only 33, but he has actually been in the music business for 15 years. Determined at an early age to make his life in music, he dropped out of high school in his first year. Fourteen years later, his handiwork on numerous pop and rap tracks — such as Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl” and 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” — is omnipresent.

Storchavelli is both the name of his 90-foot yacht and his record label. The name is a not-so-subtle reference to Niccolò Machiavelli, the Italian Renaissance philosopher known for his theory of political power: basically that the end justifies the means. Following no one’s lead but his own, surrounded by a cadre of loyal subjects, Storch lives the life of a king in his castle.

And quite the castle it is, too. Located in glitzy Miami Beach, Fla., the waterfront home, aptly named “Villa Ferrari” by a previous owner, has plenty of space to park Storch’s array of exotics.

The current Ferrari in residence is a 612 Scaglietti. The understated silver paint and bodywork covers a 640-horsepower engine that makes this one of the fastest four-seaters on the planet. The Scaglietti was named for the famous Italian coach builder responsible for the 1954 Ferrari 375MM. The 612’s large side scallops and round headlights nod to the MM.

The 1,000-horsepower Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is Storch’s favorite car, with good reason. It’s the fastest and quickest production car in the world, zipping from zero-to-60 m.p.h. in 2.5 seconds. It comes with a twin-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine which pushes the all-wheel-drive car to 235 m.p.h., unless activated by a second “top-speed key.” When engaged (the vehicle must be at a stop), the rear spoiler retracts, front air diffusers close, and the car lowers to a mere 2.6 inches off the ground. This enables the Veyron to reach its true top speed, a nail-biting 253 m.p.h.

Fewer than 70 Veyrons have been built to date, making one a rare sighting for most people.

“I like the shock value,” says Storch. “People don’t get to see these cars. They ask me all the time, ‘What is that?’ (On the other hand) I’ve even had people say to me, ‘Ahh, you can rent those.’” Storch pauses. He knows they cannot.

Not all of Storch’s amazing vehicles are in his garage. Like fine art, his Bones Bike X-Ray is parked in his living room. The $300,000 motorcycle was commissioned in 2005. With parts seemingly made out of bones, the bike looks like it was once alive, or might come to life at any second.

Although the Storch’s work schedule mirrors that of a club kid, he doesn’t really go out on the town all that much. He might be waking up when most of us are coming home from work, but he’s getting ready to put in a 15-hour day at his state-of-the-art home studio.

“Once I get started, it’s hard to stop. My schedule gets messed up because of that.”

Because of Storch’s high profile and odd hours, he requires an unusually high degree of personal service when purchasing or outfitting a vehicle. Gene Morales, owner of Euro Motorsport in nearby Ft. Lauderdale, is more than happy to accommodate the mogul’s requests.

“Scott does not allow his cars to leave his property, so we do all the work at his home. I’ll bring a truck full of rims for him to pick from. Then we’ll set up shop in his garage, working all night if we have to,” says Morales.

That’s how the Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster got its body-matched rims and upgraded sound system. The full-service company installed a custom fiberglass speaker enclosure behind the seats. A mold was created and covered in red suede, all onsite.

“Scott is extremely specific about the sound. A lot of time is spent getting that perfect.”

“All my life I had two or three cars,” says Storch, “but at a certain point it just grew. If I have a good year, I’ll buy a car and they just sort of collect. I’m like a pack rat. I trade [for a newer one], but I don’t like to sell them. It’s really a dream to have a collection like this and drive around in different cars.”

When the record mogul doesn’t want to do the driving himself, he can take his chauffeured 2006 Maybach 62. The plush, two-toned ride has everything he needs to be comfortable, including seats that fully recline and have a massage function and seat coolers for the steamy Miami weather.

“If there’s something really hot coming out, I usually try to get as close as possible to being the first one to have it.”

What happens when it’s not for sale yet?

“Sometimes I get the press car,” he says triumphantly.

His next acquisition, he says, will most likely be “the 100EX Phantom Convertible advance car.”

Does the blinged-out piano man ever worry about showing off too much?

“When I see someone in a nice car, I feel good for them. I know what it is to have nothing and I’m appreciative of what I have, so, hopefully, people will look at me in the same light.”

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