Muscle cars and other classic rides of the celebrity car collectors
Besides paychecks and net worth, the super rich are known for the lifestyle choices they make; from the vacation destinations they go to unwind to the cars they drive –the world of the one percent is filled with exotic options. Even the cars they drive are anything but extraordinary; from custom cars to the rare and sought-after collectible cars, the celebrity car collectors’ automobile collection never fails to amaze. And in the auction world too, the celebrity cars provenance has had the cash registers ringing in, adding multi thousands and millions at times to the car’s actual value. We have here listed some of the most outrageous classic and muscle rides, like the Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck, Ford Hot rod, Morgan Three-Wheeler, and NaviStar CXT, to name a few, the celebrities are spotted in.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $250,000 Mercedes Unimog
Arnold Schwarzenegger loves to do things big. This muscle man of Hollywood who is a big fan of military-grade trucks has recently switched to a new giant ride, a five-ton Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300 which has been especially customized to Arnold’s taste for a price of $250,000. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Unimog which can barely top 60 mph, and isn’t street legal in America, is actually Mercedes-Benz’s go absolutely anywhere off-roader, favored by military, farmers and extreme motor adventurers, like Arnold, who helped make Hummer a civilian vehicle.
Shia LeBeouf’s 1975 Checker Marathon Car
The 26-years old Transformer’s star with a passion for vintage vehicles, Shia LeBeouf owns a classic 1975 Checker Marathon, which he rolled out for a morning coffee run in LA. Popular as a taxicab for New York City during its production run, LeBeouf’s Checker Marathon was an automobile produced by the Checker Motor Company between 1861 and 1982, and was renowned for its spacious interiors with seating space for 6 people together.
Ashton Kutcher’s NaviStar CXT
Ashton Kutcher’s NaviStar CXT ‘Commercial Extreme Truck’ is truly a monster of a street-legal pickup truck whose curb-weight is around twice the weight of a Hummer H1 and is capable of towing up to 20 tons with its powerful 22 HP engine. With a capacity more than three times the normal truck, the $93,000 CXT gets 8-10 miles per gallon, and has a 70 gallon tank.
Sylvester Stallone’s Hot rod motor
Widely renowned as typical American vintage cars with large engines modified for linear speed, Sylvester Stallone’s black Hot rod classic motorcar is one of the famous among his collection of cars, including the Mustang GT, Hendricks Camaro SS, and a range of Ferraris. Stallone, an epitome of machoism also drove his classic hot rod in Beverly Hills for lunch with his best buddy, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ralph Lauren’s 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi”
The Batmobile-like 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” is truly one of the exceptional specimens from fashion industry giant Ralph Lauren’s invaluable classic-car collection, which is one of the premium collection in the world with a total of 80-odd cars. The Ralph Lauren’s Mercedes-Benz SSK once owned by the Italian Count, also a race car driver Carlo Felice Trossi was recently displayed at the Les Arts Decoratifs museum in Louvre, Paris, as Lauren loves to parade the cars in front of a slack-jawed public. Notably, the designer considers cars as the source of his creative vision and integrates all the accumulated details into everything he designs.
Ralph Lauren’s 1929 Bentley Blower
Described by automobile experts as marvelous, the 1929 Bentley Blower, a car designed by W.O Bentley himself and comes equipped with a supercharger ‘blower, was originally designed to win races. But, it also ended up serving as the James Bond’s car in early Ian Fleming novels. Notably, Ralph Lauren’s Bentley with chassis HR3976, which he bought back in 1988, participates three times at the 24 Hours Le Mans in 1930. Also, this iconic vehicle was among the 17 exclusive cars from Lauren’s car collection, which were on display at the Les Arts Decoratifs museum in Louvre, Paris.
Hugh Laurie’s 1966 Ford Galaxie Convertible
While taking a cruise around LA, acclaimed British actor Hugh Laurie showed off his red classic car, the 1966 Ford Galaxie Convertible, a 7-liter engine vehicle which has the trusty 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic, and is one of the 6,360 made. The car was originally named to appeal to the fans of space race occurring in the early 1960s. However, Mr. Laurie has quite the collection of motor vehicles including a Cayman S model Porsche.
Jay Leno’s Morgan Three-Wheeler
Jay Leno’s 17,000 sq. ft garage is not a mere garage; it’s a museum and a giant archive full of vintage and exotic cars, including the spectacular 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler. Originally, these three-wheeled vehicles were registered as motorcycles in England, as a tax loophole which made for super cheap licensing fees. Weighing less than 850 pounds, this particular model was powered by a water-cooled 990cc MX4 Matchless V-twin. Jay Leno acquired his Morgan Three-Wheeler some 20 years ago, and still prefers to crank its machine gun engine to life rather than opt for the electric starter.
Simon Cowell’s classic Hot Rod
Known for his harsh criticism of would-be pop-stars, the music mogul and the X-Factor judge Simon Cowell recently showed off his vintage cars taste by driving a modified 1932 Ford Model B model, which comes equipped with a powerful flathead V8 engine. Notably, Simon Cowell’s hot rod is special one, given the fact that it was built by an acclaimed customizer, the G.A.S ‘Galpin Auto Sports’.
Lil Wayne’s Campagna T-Rex 14R
In an effort to present something extraordinary, awesome and craziest to Lil Wayne on his 30th birthday, Nicki Minaj, a Trinidadian-born American rapper, gifted him a tiny 3-wheeled sportscar dubbed as Campagna T-Rex 14R. This $70,000 two-seater motorcycle car hybrid that is lightweight and fast, is capable of reaching a speed of 150mph.