Celebrity Car Collections
Celebrities often have strange and expensive hobbies. While most people might collect coins or stamps, millionaires sometimes collect more exotic things — like cars. Celebrity car collections range from hyper-focused on a single make to a wide array of vehicles from all years and makers. Collecting rare and valuable vehicles serves as both a status symbol for the ultra-wealthy and a way to indulge in a passion for automobile technology.
Why Collect Cars?
Cars are, for many people, the ultimate status symbol. Most people have lusted after a classic antique roadster or a sleek race car at some point, and car-collecting celebrities have the opportunity and resources to act on that deep-seated admiration. Although it’s undeniably extravagant, collecting cars allows the celebrity to use their money on something they’re deeply passionate about and even use the collection to give back to the community; in some cases, a private collection is the last place to find antique or rare vehicles.
The cars themselves are often not the most extravagant part of a collection. In order to house their vehicles, some celebrities have built custom multi-car garages fitted with state-of-the-art technology, decorated with modern art or even including small apartments built into the garage itself. Celebrities may hire a stable of personal mechanics or they may do all of their maintenance and restoration themselves. They may be such enthusiastic afficionados that they take the time to submit stories and interviews to car magazines; Jay Leno runs both a magazine column and a blog devoted to car restoration.
Taking a Peek at Celebrity Car Collections
Though some collections rival museums in their size and scope, most celebrities keep their garages private except for the occasional journalist. A celebrity may auction off tickets to visit the garage as part of a charity event, and a few lucky students even got to tour Jay Leno’s garage, but these opportunities are few and far between. Most people will only catch a glimpse of these stunning collections by taking a peek online. The five best-known celebrity car collections are:
1.) Jay Leno
This popular comedian has a soft spot for muscle cars of all kinds, and Jay Leno’s car collection is one of the most eclectic and diverse of any celebrity. His collection includes not only McLarens, Ferraris and Dusenbergs but also steam engines, motorcycles, electric cars and small aircraft. His custom-built and eco-friendly garage is fitted with state-of-the-art machinery and fully staffed with private mechanics who keep each of the vehicles in excellent condition so that Jay can drive any one of them when he wishes.
2.) Ralph Lauren
This wealthy fashion designer’s tastes extend beyond fashionable clothes and into the rarest and most valuable cars in the world. Ralph Lauren’s car collection includes numerous exceptionally rare automobiles, including a McLaren F1LM, one of just five ever made. Ralph keeps his vehicles on his massive estate in New York.
3.) Jerry Seinfeld
While Leno may like muscle cars and Lauren prefers rare and exotic vehicles, Seinfeld’s car collection is extremely focused and precise: he collects Porches, and only Porsches. No one knows exactly how many he owns, but he kept them in an aircraft hangar in Santa Monica before completing construction of his $1.4 million private garage in New York. The collection includes 10 Boxsters, each painted a different color, and the super-rare Porsche 959.
4.) Wyclef Jean
Former front-man for the band The Fugees, Wyclef Jean maintains an extravagant car collection. His Miami garage holds at least 37 rare or super-powered vehicles including 1957 Cadillac El Dorado, a McLaren F1 and Pagani Zonda. Every one of his 37 cars is customized to meet his specifications. He even has a Hummer H2 with a custom fish tank built into the vehicle.
5.) 50 Cent
Wyclef Jean isn’t the only musician with a taste for exotic cars. Rapper 50 Cent maintains an enviable collection near his house in Hollywood Hills. Among other things, his collection includes a Rolls Royce Ghost, Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Murcielago. As a finishing touch for the collection, each vehicle 50 Cent owns is the same shade of blue.
Although a celebrity car collection can inspire envy, take comfort in knowing that you don’t need to pay to insure all of these vehicles. Sports cars, luxury vehicles and foreign-built automobiles are some of the priciest cars to insure. Paying premiums for just one or two of these vehicles is enough for most people; insuring 50 or more is quite an investment even for a multimillionaire.