Celebrities Who Are Also Well-Known Car Collectors
High-end or unique vehicles often signify wealth, prosperity, and success. Because many celebrities have become highly conscious of their public image, they have created large collections of vehicles as a way to showcase their riches. Although Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld may be the most well-known celebrity car collectors, many other stars are also known for using their wealth to purchase a suite of impressive vehicles. Here are twenty celebrities who are also well-known car collectors.
Missy Elliot was a huge hip-hop star in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has won five Grammy awards for her music. Elliot's collection became so large in the mid-2000s that her mother tried (in vain) to persuade her to stop buying more vehicles. Her favorite car seems to be her purple Lamborghini Diablo, a fitting ride for the only woman in hip-hop to have six platinum albums.
Despite earning over $100 million from his fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Manny Pacquiao keeps his car collection relatively conservative in comparison to others on this list. The boxer and senator of the Philippines enjoys SUVs and owns a Mitsubishi Pajero, Lincoln Navigator, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Pacquiao could easily afford a garage full of supercars, but he is well known for being a generous philanthropist in his native Philippines.
Michael Jordan's flashy, high-performance collection of cars represents who he was on the basketball court during his illustrious career in the NBA. Jordan favours exotic, high-end sports cars, and his taste in vehicles has evolved significantly since he bought a Chevrolet C4 Corvette soon after signing his first NBA contract in 1984.
Kanye West is eccentric, to say the least, and some of his vehicles are just like him. West is usually seen in a blacked-out Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin DB9, or Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren. The rapper and producer even released a song called Mercy, which is a tribute to the Lamborghini Murcielago.
50 Cent has owned a Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago, Ferrari F430, and Rolls-Royce Ghost. He even had a bulletproof Chevrolet Suburban back in 2000. The rapper has featured many of his cars in music videos, on album covers, and in promotional materials.
Floyd Mayweather lives a life of luxury when he is not in the boxing ring. This extends to his automobiles and ownership of several very expensive cars. Mayweather even received a Rolls-Royce Phantom from 50 Cent as a gift. His collection is massive, and his car dealer of choice has claimed to have sold him over one hundred luxury vehicles over the past eighteen years.
Lil Wayne inherited his love for vehicles from his label boss, Birdman, who also has an extensive collection. Among some of his most prized cars are a Maybach 62, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Porsche Boxster, and Bugatti Veyron.
Lebron James loves white rides on white rims, owning several vehicles customized with this aesthetic. His custom white-on-white Camaro SS and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG are probably the two vehicles he is most known for owning. He also has a Ferrari F430 Spyder, Bentley Continental GT, and custom Jeep Wrangler.
Shaquille O'Neal owns several one-of-a-kind, custom-modified vehicles because of his height. His collection is full of Shaq-inspired cars and and includes very few stock vehicles. He even has a Lamborghini Gallardo that features a larger roof and windows to accommodate his frame.
Wyclef Jean is a hip-hop veteran with almost twenty-five years in the game. Over time, his success has allowed him to create a large car collection that includes a Bentley Arnage, McLaren F1, Rolls-Royce Phantom, and Pagani Zonda. Jean is also a motorbike collector, owning several custom choppers made by Orange County Chopper.
Snoop Dogg loves lowriders that are highly customized to reflect his personality and West Coast roots. The rapper owns a 1967 Cadillac Deville, Dodge Challenger, and 1967 Pontiac Parisienne convertible. West Coast lowrider culture has always been a key part of Snoop's music and music videos, and it is easy to see how passionate he is about this type of vehicle.
Based on his collection, it is clear that Bill Goldberg, a former professional wrestler for World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment, adores classic American muscle cars. A 1965 Shelby Cobra replica, 1963 Dodge 330, 1969 Dodge Charger, and 1970 Boss 429 Mustang are just a few of the vehicles he owns. Goldberg also has a 1966 Jaguar XK-E Series 1 convertible.
Akon is another celebrity who is a fan of the white-on-white look. He has identified his custom Spyker C8 Spyder SWB as his favourite car. The singer also owns a custom Porsche Panamera that has a full white leather interior and a white paint job.
John Cena is a larger-than-life professional wrestler with an equally big collection of vehicles. His list of cars is too long to include, but it is clear that hardcore American muscle cars are his favourite. Cena even released a DVD in 2007 called My Life that features his large collection of American muscle cars.
T-Pain is an obsessive car collector and even owns several different models of the same vehicle. For example, he has 1963, 1969, and 1972 models of the Chevrolet Impala. In a 2009 interview, T-Pain stated that he owned thirty-two vehicles, including a Ferrari F430 and Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. What many fans and car enthusiasts do not know is that he is a hands-on collector who even maintains and modifies some of his vehicles himself.
Ralph Lauren is a big collector of European vehicles, which reflects the style of his fashion brand. Lauren has shared that he draws inspiration for his fashion designs from his unique collection of vehicles. Part of his personal car collection was displayed at The Louvre in 2011.
Jay Kay, from the band Jamiroquai, has owned over one hundred luxury vehicles, according to some sources. Today, his impressive collection includes about fifty vehicles. He also owns the only bright green Ferrari LaFerrari in the world.
Funkmaster Flex is well known for his collection and love of cars. In fact, his website includes a separate car section for gearheads who love his music. Flex has worked with Ford over the past decade, and his input on car design even landed him a job with the company. The DJ has a huge collection of cars, including many classics from the 1960s and 1970s.
Billy F. Gibbons
Billy F. Gibbons, from the band ZZ Top, loves hot rods and car customization. The guitarist owns several vehicles, including the CadZZilla and Slampala, both of which are heavily customized and contain highly modified engines. One of Gibbons's first vehicles, a 1933 Ford Coupe known as the 'Eliminator,' was featured in three of the band's music videos.
Reggie Jackson owns an enviable collection of classic Chevrolet vehicles and is set on purchasing more. He even runs his own car parts business named 'Reggie's Garage,' which specializes in classic car parts and accessories.