The fact that you’re reading this blog says that you’re a car enthusiast, but chances are that you probably don’t own more than one or two cars, and probably not the ones that you would love to own. After all, it takes a lot of time and money to buy, maintain, repair, and drive cars. What if, on the other hand, time and money were no object? Here are five celebrities who, after making their millions, indulged themselves in their love of cars.
What was Jay Leno, noted comedian and late night talk show host, doing during the day, aside from coming up with new interviews and new lines? This noted car enthusiast was building is car collection, of course! In fact, his collection is so large that he rents an airport hangar to store his 130-plus cars and 90-plus motorcycles. Some notable cars in Jay Leno’s garage include a 1906 Stanley Steamer Cup Racer, the 2001 Blastolene Special “Crystal Tank Car” (a fully-custom car powered by the engine from an M47 Patton tank), and a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S.
Ralph Lauren, world American famous fashion designer, made his millions selling designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and fragrances. Honestly, for a man who creates such things, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he can appreciate classic cars. He even takes some of his design inspirations from them! Some of the truly remarkable cars in Ralph Lauren’s garage include a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Vintage, one of only four ever built, a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, and a 1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa. His passion for these cars ought to be obvious, and he takes great care in keeping them perfectly polished and running, probably just as much as his great joy in driving them.
Rowan Atkinson may be known as an actor and comedian, but his car collection tells a different story, that of a driver. His car collection has included some serious driver-cars, such as an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato (one of just 89 that were ever built), a 1939 BMW 328, and a Mercedes-Benz 500E, fitting for a man with a bit of a lead foot. He regularly races the Zagato, but wrecked his McLaren F1 on the road. Interestingly, he doesn’t have a single Porsche in his collection, saying that “psychologically, [he] couldn’t handle owning one.”
ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons has a passion for rock and roll music, that much is certain, but also passion for cars. Rock and roll music, guitars, and cars have been connected since at least the 1950s, and who can’t agree with him? Songs like Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” The Rip Chords’ “Hey Little Cobra,” and Bo Diddley’s “Roadrunner” are just a few to prove the point, and Gibbons has a car collection to match. He really likes custom cars, some notable cars in his collection including a 1933 Ford Coupe “Eliminator,” which featured in ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” music video, a 1958 Ford Thunderbird “The Mexican Blackbird,” and a stretched 1948 Cadillac Sedanette “CadZZilla.”
We have to go back a few decades to find Roger Baillon, a French trucking company founder and car enthusiast. Sometime in the 1950s, Baillon started collecting cars that he felt should be preserved for future generations. He even planned to build an automobile museum, which never came to fruition. In the meantime, he stored some sixty cars in makeshift sheds and garages, which were eventually forgotten. Rediscovered in 2014, what came to be known as The Baillon Collection included some rare cars indeed! A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, one of only 37 ever built, eventually went to auction, fetching the highest price ever for a completely original of this model, over $18 million. Other notable vehicles in the collection included a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua, one of only three ever built, and a Talbot Lago T26 Cabriolet, once owned by King Farouk of Egypt.Tags: celebrity cars Posted by