John O'Quinn was famous both for his skill as a lawyer — securing $17.3 billion in a tobacco settlement — and his incredible car collection. He was killed this morning when he lost control of his Suburban and crashed.

The son of a garage owner and car enthusiast, O'Quinn never lost his interest in automobiles and automobila. His collection rivals almost anyone's and includes hundreds of famous and well-known cars including half-a-dozen Duesenbergs, one of JFK's Continental limos, a Batmobile, FDR's Packard Limo, and a Ford Escort once owned by Pope John Paul II.


On a personal note, I've met O'Quinn and know his friends and they remember him as a big, powerful, gregarious man. He seemed every bit the big Texan his giant frame projected. [Chron] (h/t to Zerin)