Chin Jit Pyng (commonly known as JP) is the owner of Malaysia’s greatest automotive collection, which includes three rare Bugatti hypercars and vintage vehicles influenced by movies and television.
Chin’s fascination with autos began with his father, who was never able to afford a new car and instead relied on used versions. In 1996, he started Silverlake Innovation Partners, an IT firm that provides services to major banks around Malaysia. Chin’s collection now ranges from 60 to 100 automobiles at any given moment, with him purchasing and selling as his interests shift.
His current obsession is with hypercars, particularly those made by Bugatti. After a heated test drive with his kid, he purchased his first Bugatti, a $2.6 million Chiron, in 2016. Then there’s a Divo, one of just 40 created and worth $5.7 million. It is said to be the only one in Southeast Asia and the collection’s present crown gem, but it will fall to second place in 2024 when a track-only Bugatti Bolide arrives.
The Divo is now on display at the Bugatti dealership in Singapore, but Chin intends to take it to Malaysia as soon as possible, where left-hand drive automobiles are permitted. He probably wouldn’t drive them on the street anyhow, since he likes to escape notice by commuting to work in his Malaysian-built Proton X50 or X70.
Chin’s own JPM Museum in his hometown of Kuala Lumpur has between 30 and 40 of his automobiles. Ten to fifteen of the museum’s cars are based on popular film and television properties such as James Bond, The Godfather, and Magnum P.I.
Chin was approached by the producers of “Crazy Rich Asians” to see if he would rent out a handful of his cars while filming in Singapore and Malaysia. In the airport hangar scene, he obliged, and his Ferrari F430 and Ford GT 40 are visible.
Finally, Chin loves to keep his cars in factory-fresh condition, claiming that they are assets that will only grow in value.