Stars and Their Cars - 30 Vintage and Classic Cars Owned by Pop Culture Icons
When you earn millions, you can spend your cash on anything – houses, fashion, diamonds, private islands or classic cars. Owning a collection of automobiles is almost a rite of passage for pop icons and many stars are known for their vintage and classic cars. But what you may not know are the stories behind those cars.
From the early 20th century to today, here’s a look at 30 stars and their classic cars.
James Hetfield’s 1936 Ford Coupe, “Iron Fist”
Metallica’s co-founder and front man James Hetfield’s car collection consists primarily of traditional hot rods with custom swagger. Among Hetfield’s collection is a hand-built custom 1934 Packard he nicknamed "The Aquarius" and a Ford coupe, a.k.a. "Iron Fist."
Patrick Dempsey’s “Daily Driver,” a 1963 Porsche 356
In the years since McDreamy was killed off ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, he has earned recognition as the owner of Dempsey Racing and is a competitive auto racer, himself. Off the race track, Dempsey has his own collection of cars, including a 1972 Jaguar E-Type and a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE convertible.
Ralph Lauren’s Timeless 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster
He is known for his taste for fashion and talent for design, but Ralph Lauren is also passionate about cars. Lauren owns a spectacular collection of supercars, sports cars, luxury cars and timeless classic cars, including a 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster.
Tim Allen’s 1933 Ford Roadster Featured on Home Improvement
Tim Allen has been a car lover since childhood and is a long-time celebrity car collector. Like many celebs, most of the models in his collection have been given custom updates and personalized design. Allen was known as a car guy on his hit ‘90s show Home Improvement and some of his personal vehicles were actually featured on the show.
Paul Newman’s “Sleeper” Race car, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
On the outside, it looks like Herbie the "Love Bug," but the 1963 red Volkswagen convertible was customized into a "sleeper" racecar in the late 1960s by the late Paul Newman. In 1969, Newman developed a passion for racing after making the film Winning, in which Newman learned to race.
Barry Weiss’ Bubble Top “BEATNIK”
He is known as "the collector" in the hit show Storage Wars, and cars are just one of Barry Weiss’ many collections. His hot rod dubbed "BEATNIK" originally began as a 1955 Ford and was transformed into the world’s largest bubble top custom car by legendary hot rod builder Gary Chopit.
Ben Affleck’s Souped-up 1966 Chevelle SS 396
As the Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck is no stranger to a sweet ride. The Batmobile seen in Warner Bros. movie Justice League was customized for the film, turning it from a virtual idea into a reality with a fully developed interior and computerized dashboard. To fit Affleck, who is nearly 6’4" tall, the concept car with a low roof was enlarged to 110 percent of its original scale.
Billy Gibbons’ $900,000 Custom “CadZZilla”
ZZ Top’s front man, Billy Gibbons’ fully-custom 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Sedanette has been an icon in the custom hot rod industry since its debut in 1989. CadZZilla – with its modified lead sled body – is a mix of Cadillac’s early post-WWII design and artistic customization. The car was rendered by Larry Erickson, one of the head designers for Cadillac at the time, and built by American hot rod designer, the late Boyd Coddington.
David Letterman’s $2.5 million Car Collection and His ‘55 Jaguar
Comedian and former Tonight Show host David Letterman owns some of the most sought-after vehicles in automotive history. His roundup of rides includes eight Ferraris, six Porsches, three Austin Healeys, an MGA, a Chevy Truck and a classic Jaguar.
Tim McGraw’s 1969 Mercedes Convertible
In 1969, the New York Mets won the World Series and Mets player, Tug McGraw, got a $10,000 bonus check for being on the winning team. He spent $7,000 of his winnings on a 1969 Mercedes, and it’s remained in the family ever since. His son Tim, who was just a toddler at the time, didn’t yet know his father – and wouldn’t for another eight years.
Dax Shepard’s Black Beast, a 1967 Lincoln Continental
It’s no surprise that Detroit native Dax Shepard would favor an American car. It runs in the family! His father was a Ford salesman and his mother became a General Motors fleet manager after starting as a janitor.
Jerry Seinfeld’s $2.9 million ‘59 Porsche 718 RSK
In 2016, Jerry Seinfeld took 18 Porsches to auction, one of which was a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, which sold for $2.9 million. The car, originally owned and driven by famous race car driver Roger Penske was one of just 34 of the lightweight Porsche race cars ever built. Penske won several races in it before it caught fire in a garage.
will.i.am’s Futuristic “Dick Tracey Mobile”
Singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ and actor, will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas owns an impressive collection of cars, including a McLaren MP4-12C, Bentley Continental GT, Tesla, 1958 Custom Corvette and a $900,000 custom-built car he calls the "Dick Tracy Mobile." The custom futuristic vehicle looks like it is right out of a comic book was built for will.i.am by West Coast Customs of Pimp My Ride fame.
Clark Gable’s Affair With a 1955 Duesenberg Convertible
"The King of Hollywood," 1930s celebrity Clark Gable owned a regal 18-foot Duesenberg Model JN convertible coupe, which he used to begin his scandalous love affair with Carole Lombard in January 1936. One of just four convertible Model JNs ever built, the car originally had a body by Rollston. Gable took the vehicle for a complete reworking by coachbuilders Bohman & Schwartz, sketching out the changes he wanted himself. He even had a hands-on role in the work himself.
Buck Jones’ 1931 Harley Earl Custom Cadillac
Internet speculation suggests the "Cowboy" actor’s 1930s custom car was a 1933 Packard Special, but according to America’s Automotive Library, it is actually a 1931 Cadillac, custom built by American automotive designer Harley Earl. Jones was a lifelong car enthusiast with an affection for the racing industry and he became close friends with race car driver, Harry Stillman. Through his association with Stillman, Jones began working as a test driver for Marmon Motor Car Company.
Errol Flynn’s Signature 1935 Auburn Speedster
On screen, Errol Flynn was best known for his role as Robin Hood in the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood." The American Film Institute even named Flynn the 18th greatest hero in American film.
Rita Hayworth’s Paradise Green 1941 Lincoln Continental
Rita Hayworth, for whom the press coined the term "The Love Goddess," was the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s and a top pin-up girl for GIs during the second World War. She is best known for her role in the musical "Cover Girl" and is listed as one of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time by the American Film Institute.
Jay Leno’s Restored 1967 Chevy C10
It may just be a coincidence, but America’s late night TV show hosts are known to be car collectors, and Jay Leno may be the biggest collector of them all. Leno owns 169 cars and more than 110 motorcycles kept in his custom garage warehouse that is bigger than most people’s homes.
Nicholas Cage’s $450,000 1971 Lamborghini Miura SBJ
Nicholas Cage joins the ranks of Hollywood car collectors with (at least) 50 cars in his collection. From Rolls-Royce to Ferrari, Cage owns the best of the best. In his collection is a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SBJ, one of only 16 left in existence today. Cage’s Lambo was originally built for the Shah of Iran and Cage purchased the car at auction in 1997 for a whopping $450,000.
Aaron Paul’s Childhood Dream car, a 1965 Shelby Cobra
Breaking Bad made him a star and he took home two Emmys for his role as Jesse Pinkman on the popular series. Paul used his earnings from the show to buy a classic 1965 Shelby Cobra, his dream car ever since he had a toy model as a child, he told The Seattle Times. It’s only fitting that the star of "Need for Speed" would own a classic sports car – the movie inspired by a video game gave him ample opportunity to get behind the wheel of cars and supercars.
Beyoncé Knowles’ 25th Birthday Gift, a 1960s Rolls Royce
A-list Hollywood power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé own some of the most outrageously expensive cars. Jay-Z’s collection is worth an estimated $15 million, and though Beyoncé’s collection is smaller than her husband’s, it is noteworthy on its own accord.
George Clooney’s Family Heirloom, a 1958 Corvette Convertible
In 1958, American journalist, news anchor and television host Nick Clooney purchased a red Chevrolet Corvette V8 C1 convertible. As many dads do, Clooney eventually handed the keys to the immaculate vintage car over to his son, George.
Adam Levine’s “Most Beautiful Car,” a 1958 Porsche 356A
Adam Levine has a taste for classic cars, personified in his 1958 Porsche 356A convertible. The Porsche 356, the same model owned by the lead singer of Maroon 5 and star of NBC’s The Voice, was the first production model built by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche. Levine credits his love for Porsche to his uncle, who owned a variety of Porsche cars.
Robert Downey Jr’s post-Iron Man 1965 Corvette Stingray
He’s battled many demons in his life and has come out on top. "Iron Man" himself, Robert Downey, Jr.’s life story is one with many twists and turns – love, addiction, incarceration, children. And cars. In his post-"Iron Man" era, Downey Jr. has purchased at least two dozen cars.
Alan Shephard’s Love Affair With Corvette
American astronauts have a love affair with Corvettes – an affair that began more than 50 years ago with Alan Shepard, the first astronaut known to drive a Corvette. In 1959, Shepard reported to space training driving his 1957 Chevy Corvette. After becoming the first American in space, General Motors handed him the keys to a special 1962 Corvette to thank him for his bravery.
Matthew McConaughey’s Pristine 1971 Corvette Stingray
Matthew McConaughey prefers more sensible, family cars – such as his GMC Yukon XL or the more luxurious Lincoln MKX – but he also feels the need for speed, as seen in his collection of high speed vehicles.
Richard Rawlings’ Perfectly Original 1932 Ford Roadster
Richard Rawlings, star of reality TV show, Fast N’ Loud, bought his first set of wheels at age 14. At Gas Monkey Garage, a custom body shop in Dallas, Rawlings restores and customizes some of the most interesting automobiles. While he sells most of the cars, some he keeps in his collection, said to be valued at around $1 million.
Kate Moss’ Unattractive 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
If it’s possible for a Rolls-Royce to be unattractive, this is it. The 1964 Silver Cloud II was Rolls-Royce’s attempt to produce a modern-looking car, manufactured at the end of the Silver Cloud model’s run.
John Cena’s First Generation Dodge Hemi Charger
Wrestler John Cena earned millions as WWE superstar and one of the most popular wrestlers in the world. After his wrestling career ended, Cena made his way to Hollywood, starring in movies including "12 Rounds," "Train Wreck" and "Blockers." As many celebrities do, Cena has invested quite a bit of his money into his car collection.
Snoop Dogg’s “Lakers Edition” 1967 Pontiac Parisienne (Collector)
Snoop Dog has a love for lowriders and is known to customize cars to reflect his personality. His favorite cars are modified 1960s and early ‘70s Cadillacs and Buicks. His personalized collection include "The Batman," a Polaris Slingshot and a customized lowrider Cadillac DeVille named the "Snoop DeVille."