Most of us can only dream of owning the perfect car, zipping down the street in a Maserati GranTurismo or taking up too much parking space in a Hummer H2. If we work hard, get lucky, and save, then there is a small chance that one day that dream car will become a reality. But in celebrity world, dreaming of owning the perfect car is an idle pastime… Why dream of owning one, when you can actually own a dozen?
Various celebrities are renowned for having expansive and expensive collections of automobiles. It is unlikely any of the cars on this list are seriously hankered after by Jay Leno, who already owns over 760 cars including the frankly stunning McLaren P1 (a snip at around $1.6 million). Another avid collector is mega-rich comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who owns dozens of Porsches.
Naturally, celebrities don’t generally post wish-lists of the cars they want for the rest of the world to read – they just go right ahead and buy the car on a whim. So this ‘wish list’ has been compiled by investigating which cars are most commonly owned by which celebrities, thus discerning which of the luxury choices seem to be the most popular celeb vehicles.
Just missing out on being included were cars such as the ever-popular Cadillac Escalade, the Tesla Roadster and the Audi R8. Surprisingly popular was the Ford Bronco, driven by people such as Jeremy Piven, Colin Farrell and O.J. Simpson during his infamous 1994 police chase. However, it is unlikely the discontinued box-shaped SUV will be high on the car wish-list of the entertainment elite.
Starting the list, is one of the most expensive roadcars in the world:
10. Bugatti Veyron: as famously driven by Simon Cowell
This ridiculously fast car has a Street Sport version which can achieve speeds of 253.81 mph (408.47 km/h), ideal for arriving at your latest premiere on time. Music mogul Simon Cowell has been repeatedly snapped driving about in his Veyron – but then, he can afford a vehicle with a price reaching over seven figures. This is the car for celebrities who want to show they have hit the top of their respective fields and rate speed and looks over comfort, shopping-bag space and the potential for mini-bar installation.
9. Bentley Continental GT: as famously driven by Cindy Crawford
This British luxury car is ideal for filthy-rich shoppers who need a vehicle that can contain their numerous Harrods’ bags whilst still retaining the kind of feline-like design which makes mere mortals stare with a mixture of envy and admiration. Serial shopping spree-ers such as Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have also been associated with this particular vehicle, meaning it remains high on the wish-list of celebrities who like to indulge in frequent retail therapy.
8. Ferrari 458 Italia: as famously driven by Justin Bieber
Ferrari is a name associated around the world with words such as “excellence,” “speed” and “sophistication.” Although celebrity drivers of this vehicle, such as Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian, are not always the most beloved people in the world, they can at least demonstrate some taste by owning this sublime piece of Italian machinery. A 4.5 L V8 engine powers this sports car, which is capable of reaching a theoretical top speed of 202 mph. Celebrities who feel their public reputation needs a bit of “edge” will have this car on their shopping list.
7. Maybach 57: as famously driven by Samuel L. Jackson
Sales of this luxury brand car were never as high as the manufacturer, Daimler, expected. Production of the car was halted in 2013 as sales figures declined. However, there are many celebrity fans of the Maybach 57, and with the car no longer being produced it could eventually end up being categorized as a classic – meaning any celebrity car collector worth their salt will be looking to purchase one.
6. Aston Martin Vanquish: as famously driven by Pierce Brosnan
Few cars can claim to be as simply seductive as the Aston Martin Vanquish. A former official Bond car, it makes sense that a former James Bond actor is an owner. The current version of the Vanquish has an awesome V12 engine offering a power output of 565 bhp. Eternally cool and eternally prized, this is the car for celebrities who enjoy showing off their success by owning an expensive car but are clearly fastidious when it comes to picking the right car.
5. Lamborghini Gallardo: as famously driven by Xzibit
Rap star Xzibit knows his cars; he was the effusive host of Pimp My Ride for three years and no doubt picked up a host of ideas to make his own car a spectacular beast. For a while, the Lamborghini Gallardo was his chosen ride, hardly surprising as the Gallardo typifies everything one can expect from an Italian supercar: Looks that make a sunset boring in comparison, acceleration that requires a celebrity hairpiece to be fitted with industrial adhesive and a price tag that would make Bill Gates think twice about buying one.
4. Toyota Prius: as famously driven by Leonardo DiCaprio
This car has to be to shock entry in this list. After all, it’s just a regular family hatchback manufactured by one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world. At around $30,000, the Prius hardly ranks alongside the Vanquish or Veyron as a status symbol of the rich and famous. But DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Julia Roberts, America Ferrera, Kirsten Dunst and Brian Griffin (the liberal dog from Family Guy) have all been seen in a Prius. Why? Because they care about the environment and the Prius is a hybrid which doesn’t pollute the air as much as the stereotypical sports car.
3. Mercedes S-Class: as famously driven by Priyanka Chopra
It’s not just the famous residents of Los Angeles or London that get to show off their valued status in society by driving a fancy car. Bollywood superstar and former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra, owns a Mercedes S-Class and fellow Indian actress Kareena Kapoor also likes to drive around the film studios of Mumbai in her Merc. Showbiz types are very fond of the instant recognition afforded by Mercedes, with models like the CLK-Class, the grand tourer SLS and the McLaren-assisted SLR also being popular with celebrities.
2. Porsche 911: as famously driven by Tom Cruise
It’s reasonable to assume that the majority of celebrities own more than a couple of luxury cars. Perhaps one for status, one for personal tastes and the station wagon for trips to Beverly Hills Walmart. But the Porsche 911 has to be one of the most wanted cars, by both celebrities and regular members of the public. Introduced back in 1963, this German example of superlative technology is instantly recognizable in its various incarnations. The current model, which is designated Porsche 991, has a Turbo S variety which can accelerate from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds – leaving the paparazzi choking in its dust.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom: as famously driven by 50 Cent
…and also driven by Shaquille O’Neal, Missy Elliott, David Beckham, Jay-Z, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Rowan Atkinson et al. With so many big names attached to it, we can confidently class this as the most wanted vehicle in the celebrity world.
It oozes class and offers amenities you won’t generally find in a Ford Focus: refrigerator, heated wood and leather steering wheel, 26-speaker sound system. In fact, if you are rich and famous enough, the engineers at Goodwood plant in southern England will knock up just about any customization desired (at a cost). An incredible six percent of the Phantom’s global sales take place at just one dealership in Beverly Hills (O’Gara Coach Company), no doubt due to the queues of Hollywood’s finest desperate to get their hands on the ultimate full-size luxury car.