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Concours de Tax Rolls: Darien's 50 Priciest Rides

There are no Hondas, Toyotas, General Motors or Chryslers among the priciest 50 cars owned in Darien—instead you'll find Ferraris, Maseratis, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Mercedes Benzes and one single Jaguar (No. 33).

The Darien residents who own Italian, British, French and German luxury cars may be spending the money on themselves, but they're doing a bit for the town tax base, as well.

The 50 cars with the highest tax assessments for Oct. 1, 2011 were given a combined net assessment of $4,591,410 (at 70 percent of the real value assessors put on the vehicles).

If they were taxed at the current mill rate of $12.20 and their owners receive no tax exemptions (there aren't many exemptions), the town would receive $56,015.

For by the Darien , the town counted 58 more vehicles in taxpayers' hands on Oct. 1 than it did 12 months earlier.

According to the Assessor's Office, town taxpayers own a total of 17,773 motor vehicles, and the average vehicle is valued at $18,730.

There are 15,087 passenger vehicles, 197 commercial vehicles, another 869 combination vehicles and two farm vehicles. The rest—and there are 1,618 of them—are simply listed as "other registered motor vehicles."

The most expensive vehicle in Darien is a Ferrari 599 GTO, with an assessed value of $280,000 (that's 70 percent of the estimated market value). Ole A. Halvorsen is the owner.

Among the owners of the 50 most expensive vehicles in town, only three women's names pop up (No. 15, Patricia L. Rogers; No. 19, Paula J. Larkin; and No. 20, Anuradha T. Milewski). Businesses own 10 other vehicles (Porsche Leasing Ltd. owns five;Putnam Leasing Co. owns two), and trusts are named as the owners of two other vehicles (DCFS Trust and Daimler Trust).

A taste for expensive cars seems to run in families. The list includes three vehicles owned by people with the last name of Noujaim (Alexander J., No. 32, a Ferra Spyder; Alexander—perhaps the same individual—No. 36, a Bentley Continental; Fares D. Noujaim Jr., No. 35, another Bentley Continental). There's also a James B. Lee Jr. (No. 2; a Ferrari 599 GTB) and a James B. Lee (No. 38; a Mercedes S55OV4).

What make is most popular among Darien's high-flying drivers? Porsche, with nine vehicles on the list, edges out Aston Martin and Ferrari (each with eight), and Maserati and Bentley (seven each).

Here are the other 49 most expensive rides in Darien, with their assessments and owners.

Rank Owner Vehicle make and model
70% Assessment 1 Ole A. Halvorsen Ferrari 599 GTO $280,000 2 James B. Lee Jr. Ferrari 599 GTB $188,220 3 Gavin Gillbert Ferrari 458 Italia $156,170 4 William H. Jennings II Ferrari 458 Italia $156,170 5 Robert A. Minicucci Ferrari 612 Scaglietti $143,850 6 John A. Fichthorn Aston Martin Rapide $137,900 7 Bryan C. Cary Ferrari 599 GBT Fiorano $137,200 8 Putnam Leasing Co. I, LLC Aston Martin Vanquish $111,590 9 Thomas Cornacchia Ferrari F430 $108,900 10 Andrew H. Benenson Aston Martin DB5 $108,900 11 John E. Lopat "KYRV HR38KBTS" $100,830 12 Kryzysztof P. Wolyniec Maserati Granturismo $95,200 13 Steven J. Wilkos Porsche 922 Turbo $94,530 14 Thomas Linton Holliday Aston Martin V8 Vantage $92,340 15 Patricia L. Rogers Maserati Quattroporte $91,670 16 William R. Sperry Maserati Granturismo $91,670 17 Colangelo Synergy "AMERI AMD" $88,270 18 Christopher Van Munching Bentley Continental $86,040 19 Paula J. Larkin Bentley Continental $86,040 20 Anuradha T. Milewski Aston Martin Vantage $86,040 21 Mark B. Florian Maserati Quattroporte $84,700 22 Arthur W. Hooper Jr. Aston Martin V8 Vantage $82,600 23 Michael L. Deaddio Jr. Maserati Granturismo $82,600 24 DCFS Trust Mercedes Benz CL600 $80,880 25 David C. Saunders Maserati Quattroporte $80,000 26 Bhinesh Patel Maserati Quattroporte $80,000 27 Porsche Leasing Ltd. Porsche Cayenne $73,360 28 Porsche Leasing Ltd. Porsche Cayenne $73,360 29 Porsche Leasing Ltd. Porsche Cayenne $73,360 30 Porsche Leasing Ltd. Porsche Cayenne $73,360 31 Travis T. West Jr. Porsche Cayenne $73,360 32 Alexander J. Noujaim Ferrari Spyder $73,360 33 James W. Cuminale Jaguar XKR-S $71,930 34 Stephen E. Bepler Jr. Bentley Continental $71,260 35 Fares D. Noujaim Jr. Bentley Continental $71,260 36 Alexander Noujaim

Bentley Continental

Flying Spur

$71,260 37 John Larock Bentley Continental $71,260 38 James B. Lee Mercedes Benz S550 V4 $68,000 39 Dimitrios Stratakis Aston Martin DB9 $68,000 40 Michael K. Lorelli Mercedes Benz SL550 $67,900 41 Daimler Trust Mercedes Benz SL550 $67,880 42 Robert F. Flood 3rd Mercedes Benz SL550 $67,660 43 Jonathan Y. Li Mercedes Benz SL550 $67,660 44 Whitney Lancaster Mercedes Benz S550 V4 $67,660 45 Putnam Leasing Co. I, LLC Bentley Continental $64,540 46 John W. Fraser Porsche 911 Carrera $64,540 47 Porsche Leasing Ltd. Porsche Carrera $64,540 48 Christopher H. Miller Jr. Porsche Carrera $64,540 49 Colin J. McKay Aston Martin DB9 $64,530 50 Robert B. McKeon Aston Martin V12 $64,510

Editor's note: This article originally was published on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

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Correction: "Concours" is not spelled with an "e" at the end. The headline is now fixed.

Anne Nonimus February 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
And...... What is the point of publishing this? Yes, its public info. but what really is the point? Just because you can publish something doesn't mean you should. Is there an "editor" on Patch?
Alex Tytler February 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Is this supposed to make us "hate the rich"?
Ed Infurna February 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I agree with Anne. This seems to be for no real reason, and to represent questionable judgment. Are the registrations a matter of public record? Sure, but that isn't a reason for publishing. Is it news? No. What is the rationale here? I could even understand publishing the list of cars and values, without the names, but what purpose doe it serve to force those individuals into the spotlight? Here's the purposes I see; 1. Drive the registrations (and the tax revenue out of town, where privacy is respected. 2. To embarrass people who may have chosen to remain quietly in the background. I mean, seriously, its not like you see many of these cars around...many are collectibles, and probably are rarley on the road. Can't the owners be permitted to quietly enjoy them? 3. And last but not least, lets provide names, so addresses can be looked up, and cars targeted? Stealing expensive cars for hire, to be shipped offshore is not uncommon. Maybe, next time, you can make it even easier to target them, and publish addresses, along with names, eliminating that step? Patch, you might have the right to do this, but it doesn't mean its right to do.
sebastian dangerfield February 07, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Yeah this is not a cool thing to do. Maybe patch editors can publish their own tax returns? David? Can you put out your income for the past 10 years? I have no reason to know it--but there doesnt seem to be any reason to withhold it. And also any financial dealings or speeding tickets or crimes that anyone employed by Patch in all districts experiences? If you think that isnt a good idea, then why? This list is not that different. None of these people deserve to have their privacy breached.
Anne Nonimus February 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why aren't you publishing "Darien's 50 Cheapest Rides" (and naming the owners thereof)? Answer: Out of respect (for privacy). Are those who have worked hard and chosen to buy expensive cars not entitled to the same respect? This was a lapse in judgment by an otherwise good "journalist" in my opinion. Please don't miss the lesson here David.
J Bauer February 08, 2012 at 04:47 PM
This is in poor taste... looks like its time for Gurliacci to go. What a dumb article
CHRIS February 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Hey Gurliacci you must move on and leave Patch. You must be bored if you are publishing this info.
Owsley February 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Enough with the preaching about how bad taste the article is. This website ain't the Wall Street Journal. If you don't like the articles go elsewhere.
Owsley February 08, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Public record. Call your congressman and get the law changed if you don't like it.
KRA February 08, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I agree with Anne & Ed. Also, Patch should pay for any stolen cars. I mean, duh! Why don't you also publish how much these people give to charity every year (with their permission), that has a nicer ring to it. Or the top Darien donators of the year?!
Tom Wilson February 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Every one of you who clicked on the headline and read the article helped justify the article, and your complaints are welcomed because controversy sells clicks and clicks sell advertising. Crass journalism is like a misbehaving toddler: Ignore it and it will stop.
Anne Nonimus February 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I'm ignoring Tom Wilson....
Tom Wilson February 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Never works with me.
CHRIS February 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Tom how old are you? 10?
Tom Wilson February 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Chris, if you're having trouble with simple logic and complete sentences, I can break it down for you. But there's no reason to show your immature side out of frustration. Use your words, Chris.
Preston Bealle February 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Interesting reading, and as a car buff and I find it entirely justified. And, whoever found it "embarrassing", let me explain. People who find it embarrassing to be seen driving a Ferrari or Bentley do not purchase them. Some regard them as art and some as a mark of achievement but they are not hiding them in the basement. As for theft, cars like these have a very low theft rate and thus are surprisingly cheap to insure. They are not able to be driven in public by thieves and are also difficult to sell, although not so true for Porsches, which are relatively common.
Tom Wilson February 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Well stated.
Peter Bigelow February 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I find this a bit disconcerting. Yes, it's all in the public records -- but -- why do you have to resort to sifting through public records, intruding on people's privacy, just for an article? Surely their are more important issues taking place in town that deserve attention rather than chasing expensive cars that a few people are driving!
Siwanoy February 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
@Owsley, no one said or implied it was illegal. Some people just think that Patch should have some moral fiber to decide not to publish a list like this for its readers (albeit a small number of readers) Maybe for Davids next article he'll publish a list of the people with the most valuables in their home.
MCM February 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
While I can imagine Darien Patch wants to print interesting articles that engage the community, all this can do is encourage potential vandalism, robbery etc. If you recall, the Cheshire invasion was based on the fact that a woman and her children were targetted due to the car she was driving. As a member of this community, I moved here because Darien tends to be a fairly low key town. There is a ton of wealth here, but flashing it is not what goes on. While some people may own a lovely sportscar, it's really not something we show off, or want to be known for. I'd like to encourage the paper to think about the consequences of it's actions.
Alex Tytler February 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Ouch!
kathy February 09, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Mr. Couto, you stated "no one said or implied it was illegal. Some people just think that Patch should have some moral fiber to decide not to publish a list like this for its readers". Thank you for making that statement and then posting Mr. Gurliacci's home personal information. By showing your moral fiber, or lack thereof you have provided such a wonderful teaching moment. A perfect example of how I would expect my teenage children NOT TO ACT. A chance to teach children to speak up, disagree, blog, but not use the web to be mean or to retaliate. Thank you for this opportunity.
Tom Wilson February 10, 2012 at 01:12 AM
And I can't believe nobody's whining about the misspelling of "Concours." Wake up, white people!
Michael Dinan (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Thank you all for your comments. This thread is now closed.
David Gurliacci (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Mr. Cuoto has asked me to delete his comment (he can't himself because the thread has been closed by another editor), so I'm deleting it now.

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