Cars, you either love them with all your heart, or you couldn’t care less. But for those who do love them, the topic of automobiles can bring a ten hour conversation and an album full of photographs. However, despite what you might think about driving, it is said that getting behind the wheel can bring a whole load of health benefits. From meditation and relaxation, to providing a thinking space, driving can surprisingly calm anxiety and those with a nervous disposition.
But what else do cars give us? Freedom is often the most talked about, with access to a car a guaranteed way of escaping from reality. That’s right, freedom and adventure are what most people strive for in society, especially with long work days and limited free time. However, there are many other factors as to why people love cars so much. From the slick paint work and glamour that comes with owning a fancy car, having a well oiled machine can really do wonders for your personal appearance. Much like a new set of clothes or the house that you live in, a car can really show your friends just how sophisticated, or how rich you really are, thus the reason why a number of famous celebrities splash out on expensive automobiles.
In fact, some of these cars are most likely to cost more than the average house, and in some cases many houses! So, to celebrate the rich and the famous at their finest, here are 17 of the craziest cars owned by Hollywood superstars.
17. Bill Gates And The Porsche 959 Coupe
The Porsche 959 Coupe was a sports car manufactured between 1986 and 1993 and was originally presented as a rally car. At the time of its release, the Porsche 959 Coupe was the world’s fastest street-legal production car, with a top speed of 195 miles per hour. Basically, it was very fast.
A huge fan of the car, Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased one under the name, the “Gates 959”. Nerd alert. However, upon purchasing the vehicle, the United States prohibited its introduction into the country, leaving the “Gates 959” locked in a Seattle storage port for over a decade. Thankfully, due to a law enacted by the then President, Bill Clinton, the safety regulations were banished, with Gates able to become the legal owner of the expensive collectable car.
16. Mark Zuckerberg And The Black Acura TSX
Despite Mark Zuckerberg‘s exceptional fortune, he still drives a reasonably priced automobile. That’s right, the founder and CEO of Facebook is also one of the richest men on the planet, yet strangely he chooses to spend his fortune on a car valued around $30,000.
The car, which is a black Acura TXS, is not the most audacious car in the world and is often labelled as reliable or dependable. In fact, Zuckerberg recently commented on his car of choice, stating that it is, “safe, comfortable and not ostentatious.” Well he’s got that right! Known for his frugal lifestyle and limited costs, billionaire Zuckerberg also owns a Volkswagen GTI of similar value, and is regularly seen dressing like a college graduate on a low wage.
15. Kim Kardashian And The Ferrari F430
Kim Kardashian really is the girl that has everything, even a Ferrari F430 by the looks of it. In fact, Kim has a whole garage full of swanky cars and is usually spotted in her giant black Bentley Continental.
A self-confessed petrol head, Kim has a Mercedes high specification jeep, a Rolls Royce (which was believed to have cost over $500,000 dollars) and an aeroplane. And that’s just the beginning, with it believed that Kim and husband Kanye West have at least 100 cars between them. However, obviously not good enough, Kim recently purchased the Ferrari F340, one of the most expensive cars on the market. Often snapped driving around in the car, the customized Ferrari probably costs more than an upmarket house, or five.
14. Paris Hilton And The Custom Bentley GT Continental
What do you buy the girl that has everything? A bright pink Barbie-esque Bentley GT that’s what! Sold for a cool and ridiculous $285,000, it’s only natural that Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton throne and Hilton empire, would drive around in a giant pink Bentley. What else would she drive around in?
Paris, who is mostly known for her love of the colour pink and the American idol, Barbie, decided to build a car that represented her fully. That’s right, managing to catch the attention of everyone while driving around on the streets of LA, the car even has custom made wheels and pink leather seats. Modified by the famous and highly expensive car tuning team, West Coast Customs, the car even has a pink dashboard and steering wheel.
13. David Beckham And The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead
Legendary English footballer and all round fanciful fashionista, David Beckham, is known for his super ball skills on the pitch and sexy style off the pitch. Said to have a long standing love affair with cars and transportation, Beckham has a number of supercars in his collection.
A fleet that contains a Ferrari, an Audi, a BMW, a Bentley, an Aston Martin, a Lamborghini, a Porsche, a Hummer and Bugatti, it is no surprise to see the Rolls-Royce Phantom tucked neatly in the middle of his insane and expensive collection. One of the most expensive and coolest cars in the world, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has an approximate value of $400,000. Slick to say the least, the car also has a Greek temple-styled grille made from stainless steel, as well as a jet black finish. Sweet!
Nicolas Cage is one of the most famous actors in the world, however that’s not necessarily down to his talent. Strangely, Cage used to be a big deal back in the day and was even given an American award. Sadly his career took a turn for the worse after a long list of bad movies and bad box office intakes.
Now unable to afford his own cars, it was recently revealed that Cage had to sell one of his most beloved items, his Ferrari Enzo. With the car put on the market due to tax problems, Cage was unable to keep up the standard of living that he was used to and swiftly sold the supercar. But that’s not all. Cage also sold one of the most valuable comic books of all time, a copy of Action Comics, which he sold at auction for a record-breaking and ridiculous $2.16 million.
11. Jerry Seinfeld And The Porsche Spyder
Jerry Seinfeld is a well known petrol-head, and is often spotted showcasing his unique collections of cars. However, recently seen putting his cars up for auction, Seinfield was left red faced when the cars in question failed to make the big bucks.
Placing a whopping 18 cars up for sale, with the Porsche Spyder one of them, the collection wasn’t quite the success it was supposed to be. However, adamant that he didn’t care, Seinfeld stated, “I wanted to be here with you all, who see these cars the way I do and enjoy this hobby the way I do, I wanted to see your face and feel your enthusiasm because that’s why I do it. I never thought these cars were going to increase in value. I’m not a collector that gets cars to make money. I love the feeling of the car.” Aww how sweet.
10. Simon Cowell And The Bugatti Veyron
Music mogul to the world and part time judge, Simon Cowell, has a vast fortune and an even bigger collection of houses, cars, and gadgets. A self confessed petrol head, Cowell decided to extend his fleet of cars further by purchasing the mighty Bugatti Veyron.
Said to have only bought the car because his friend had told him too, Cowell recently decided to sell the beast due to becoming bored with the model. What?! Reaching ridiculous speeds of 260 miles an hour and with an excess of 1000 horsepower, the Bugatti Veyron is custom made for speed lovers as well as those who truly love their cars. However, Cowell was obviously less than impressed, having only used the car twice in four years. Some people have all the luck.
9. Kanye West And The Lamborghini Aventador
Kim and Kayne could open a second hand car store with the amount of cars they own, however it’s one in particular that really makes their collection on point. For Kim and Kanye it must be difficult deciding what to buy each other on special occasions, especially when chocolates and flowers just don’t cut it anymore.
So what did Kim do? Buy a really expensive supercar of course! With Kanye already having a Bentley, a Mercedes and a Ferrari, it felt only right that he add a Lamborghini Aventador to his collection. The car, which reaches a top speed of 350 km per hour, is kitted out in matte black, just to make it look more extravagant. However, Kanye reportedly sold the car not long after the birth of his first daughter. Safety first guys!
8. Jay Z And The Exelero
Jay Z really is one of the luckiest men in the world. Firstly, he is a successful rapper with billions of dollars in the bank, and secondly, he’s married to one of the most talented and beautiful women in the world. However, seemingly not good enough, Jay Z is also the proud renter of one of the coolest cars in the world, a Maybach Exelero.
That’s right, with rapper, Birdman, the actual owner of the car, it was reported that he had spent a startling $8 million dollars on purchasing the black and silver beast. The car has appeared in a number of music videos, with Jay Z said to be a huge fan of the car. Made by German manufacturer’s Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH, the car is seriously one of a kind, as is Jay Z.
7. Miley Cyrus And The Maserati Quattroporte
One of the fanciest cars on the market, the Maserati Quattroporte is a four door luxury sports sedan, (the name of the car actually means four doors in Italian) made in Italy. A classic to say the least, the car is far from what you’d expect the crazy and non conforming Miley Cyrus to drive.
Nevertheless, poor Miley was left shook when thieves broke into her home and stole the car right from under her nose. That’s right, somehow managing to scale the fence of her massive Hollywood mansion, burglars stole up to $100,000 of jewellery as well as her white Maserati Quattroporte. Arrested months later, the culprits were revealed to be a young couple who had been inspired by the notorious Bling Ring, a group of teenagers who would routinely rob the houses of their Hollywood idols in the early 00’s.
6. Nicole Scherzinger And The Bentley Continental GT
Former Pussycat Doll and all around entertainer, Nicole Scherzinger can seemingly do no wrong. Loved in the UK just as much as she is in the States, Scherzinger is a firm favourite among many. A lover of cars, Scherzinger is often spotted driving in one of her beloved beauties.
Known for her huge collection of supercars, it was no surprise to see Scherzinger hooking up with Formula one driver Lewis Hamilton for a while, although sadly they eventually broke up. Recently spotted in her Bentley Continental GT Coupe, the car is priced at around $200,000, and is one of the most lavish cars around. However, although she may love her Bentley, Scherzinger is also a huge fan of the Mercedes brand and owns at least three of their most expensive cars.
5. Kylie Jenner And The Ferrari 458 Italia
Kylie Jenner has lived among wealth since the day she was born, and has probably received a number of expensive and extravagant birthday gifts. However, it was her 18th birthday that really showed just how lucky she was, when she was gifted a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia. Talk about expensive birthday presents.
Given to her by then boyfriend Tyga, the rapper surprised the reality TV star in front of her friends and family, while also on hit show, Keeping up with the Kardashians. Seemingly not too happy with the paint work, Kylie later had the colour changed to graphite. The car, which was a whopping $320,000, was designed by Italian manufactures, with the one and only legendary Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher offering his input.
4. Lady Gaga And The Audi R8 GT
Lady Gaga is certainly not one to pass you by quietly, especially with regards to her appearance and eccentric lifestyle. Known for turning up to special events in whatever shocking ensemble she can find (a meat dress among them), Lady Gaga is famed for turning heads, and that goes for her chosen mode of transport too!
With Audi being all the rage at the moment, Lady Gaga seems to have also jumped on board the Audi train. Recently, spotted driving a rare and exceptionally expensive R8 GT, (only 333 models were built) Lady Gaga proves that she still has a keen eye for what’s in fashion. In fact, the pop princess looked so great that Audi even tweeted about the event, tweeting, “yes, yes… We Love Gaga’s New Car, too!” Now that’s special.
3. Rihanna And The Porsche 911 Turbo S
One of the most popular singers in the entire world, Rihanna is also one of the most talented. However, although Rihanna has always been somewhat of a star, it was her signing to Jay Z’s ROC Nation record label that really cemented the direction of her career. Since teaming up with the man himself, Rihanna has been making a lot of money, most obviously seen in the expensive cars that are often placed around her.
Reported to have been a gift from Jay-Z and Kanye West as a welcome present, Rihanna’s Porsche 911 Turbo S has become almost as famous as her. The car, which has 530 hp 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine, has often been the centre of the star’s personal Instagram and has made headlines all over the world. To be fair, it is a beauty.
2. Richard Branson And The Gibbs Aquada
If anyone was going to have a car that worked on water, it would be Richard Branson. Business mogul, philanthropist and founder of Virgin, Branson is one of the richest men in the world with an estimated net worth of $5.1 b. Wow!
Now the proud owner of the Gibbs Aquada, (a high speed amphibious vehicle), it seems Branson really can get whatever he wants. The car, which is capable of speeds over 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph) on land and 50 kilometres per hour (31 miles per hour; 27 knots) on water, is a fusion of car and boat. A limited production, the Gibbs Aquada was only produced between 2003 and 2004, leaving good old Branson just a year to snag it. Known for zipping across the English Channel just for the fun of it, Branson once managed the journey in just over 1.5 hours, setting a world record.
1. Patrick Dempsey And The Jaguar XK120
Patrick Dempsey has long been a fan of classic cars, and is not shy when discussing his romantic love for the metal machines. Dempsey is such a petrol head that he also races in his spare time. That’s right, competing in events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, and Ensenada SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race. Dempsey is a keen racer and is actually pretty good.
In fact, Dempsey has often stated that he would quit acting in order to race full time, but the opportunity has yet to arrive. However, although he may still be acting, Dempsey dedicates the majority of his time towards his vintage car collection in which he recently bought a postwar Jaguar XK120. One of the most iconic sports cars in history, Dempsey often refers to it as his, “sexy car”.
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