A donation of sports cars to Cal State Fullerton was sold to an automobile museum in Rhode Island, generating $10 million for scientific research at the university, officials said Wednesday.

The Audrain Automobile Museum acquired the 14 post-World War II sports and grand touring cars donated to the university by Nicholas Begovich, who wished to keep the collection together, officials said.

Begovich and his wife, Lee, announced at the end of February they were donating the collection to the university to help start Cal State Fullerton’s $200 million fundraising campaign.

University officials plan to spend $7 million of the donation to support the Center for Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy’s research, a laboratory and upgrade of computational resources.

“This investment allows the university to make major contributions to the emerging field of gravitational-wave science and will equip our students to become tomorrow’s leaders in science and technology,” said Marie Johnson, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Cal State Fullerton.

The rest of the money will pay for research in sustainable energy and power in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, officials said.

The donated collection includes a 1969 Lamborghini, a 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster, an ATS 2500 GTS coupe, and 1953 and 1954 Pegaso coupes.

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