With fame comes money, with money comes cars. We check out the biggest, the rarest, the most insane celebrity car collections around.
The combination of vast fortunes and an obsession with cars can produce some impressive car collections. Add in the element of celebrity status symbols to the mix and you have some of the most enviable car collections in the world. McLarens, Ferraris, and Porsches are par for the course, these celebrity garages (and warehouses and airplane hangars) contain some of the rarest and most prized collectors’ cars in existence. Below we will check out the mind-bending car collections of some of today’s biggest celebrities.
Never heard of the tiny country nestled along the coast of Borneo? Now you have. This tiny country hosts the world’s largest and most expensive car collection, owned by the nation’s sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The sultan’s collection is extensive, totaling approximately 7,000 cars worth an estimated $5 billion dollars. How do you get to such an astonishing number, fill warehouse after warehouse with hundreds each of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes, and Ferrari. The collection also includes numerous valuable rarities like a McLaren F1 and hundreds of supercars from Bugatti, Koenigsegg, McLaren, and Lamborghini. Sadly, the sultan is something of a hoarder (shocker, right?) and many of these cars have been left to molder in poorly maintained warehouses.
Lady Gaga is something of a renaissance woman, actor, singer, and avid car collector. She has been spotted rolling around Hollywood in all sorts of vintage and exotic cars that comprise her collection. We especially admire the statement-making ‘65 Lincoln Continental with dazzling rims. Her excellent taste is evidenced by such as a 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning and ’67 droptop green Mustang.
The fashion icon Ralph Lauren turns out to have impeccable taste in cars as well as clothes. His extensive collection includes such rare and exotic cars as a McLaren F1 LM, a 1929 Blower Bentley 4 ½ liter, and a stunning Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi.” One of his most prized cars is an ultra-rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, one of history’s most famed racecars. An auction last October saw another of these rare cars, one of 36, go for over $48 million dollars.
Jay Leno the car guys’ car guy, so abiding is his devotion and enthusiasm for automobiles and his massive car collection a perfect testament. Most of us have caught at least partial glimpses of Jay’s collection on Jay Leno’s Garage, as some of the cool and historically significant cars he highlights on the show are his own. A man of varied taste, Leno’s collection spans the gamut from 19th century electric and steam-powered cars to the latest supercars. Of course, Jay owns some exceptionally rare bits of automotive history like his 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car and a Duesenberg Model X.
Lewis Hamilton, the knighted British racecar driver, is a generational talent with over 100 race victories and 7 world championship titles. With all that winning comes a good deal of money, some of which the racecar driver has devoted to a collection of incredible cars. The list of Hamilton’s cars is a who’s-who of automotive legends, from his two, yes two original Shelby Cobras to his Ferrari LaFerrari. His Pagani Zonda 760 LH was specially made for the F1 driver, hence the LH in the car’s name.
Jerry Seinfeld is another comedian in love with cars. His particular bent is toward Porsches, in fact he owns around 40 of them. These run from Porsche 356s and 550 Spyders to a Carrera GT and modern day 911s with many in between. Most notable among these, the first production 911 from 1963, the very first model year. Other marks in his collection include a Lamborghini Miura, a 1964 VW EZ Camper van, and a vintage FIAT 500. Jerry did sell a chunk of his collection back in 2016, one of which was a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder racecar that sold for $5.3 million. His Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a cannot miss for car guys and comedy lovers alike.
Metallica front man James Hetfield is a big car guy with a special love for custom jobs and restored classics. Since his cars are unique creations, each is given a distinct name like his 1932 Ford Roadster named “Blackjack.” His 1934 Packard dubbed “Aquarius” was done in collaboration with Rick Dore Customs and features jaw-dropping tear-drop shaped body work. His “Black Pearl” 1948 Jaguar Mark IV is remarkable with its custom body work from Marcel and Luc De Lay. Ten cars from Hetfield’s collection were displayed at a Petersen Auto Museum exhibition entitled Reclaimed Rust.
The famed footballer David Beckham does not just collect accolades on the pitch, he also collects expensive cars. Among his many notables is Steve McQueen’s replica Porsche 911 which appeared in his “Le Mans” movie. Beckham’s wife Victoria bought the soccer star a Ferrari 550 Maranello for Christmas, as one does. Beckham is also a fashion model/celebrity endorser in addition to a car collector, so he is a natural fit for a partnership with Maserati to promote their new MC20 supercar. Of course, Beckham got his own, in black with customized pink accents including the brake calipers.
That is right, Mr. Bean has a multi-million-dollar car collection that includes some of the hottest supercars ever made. The most famous, or infamous, part of his collection was a McLaren F1, which Atkinson crashed … twice, before eventually selling the car. Other rare cars in his collection include an Aston Martin V8 Zagato, a vintage BMW 328 racecar, and a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead.
The greatest boxer of his generation, Floyd “Money” Mayweather collected multi-million-dollar fight purses for years. A portion of that cash was converted into his impressive collection of nearly 100 cars. These include Bugattis, Ferraris, and 16 different Rolls-Royce. The pinnacle of his collection, at least in our estimation, is his Koenigsegg CCRX Trevita. Just two of these special edition CCRXs were built using carbon fiber coated in a diamond finish for the body panels. It does not get more bling than that, does it?