Celebrities can be a secretive bunch, especially when it comes to their precious cars. Oh, some may sneak out every once and awhile in their rare autos, but usually it’s the run-of-the-mill Lexus or Mercedes-Benz that we get a glimpse of. These are the ones we have seen – and boy, do we likey.
1. Jay Leno - Entire Garage
We’re lumping his 107 (!) cars all together because just his garage alone could produce a magnificent top 50 list. The man is the ultimate car nut, owning true originals from the turn of the century – like his 1913 Owen Magnetic – to present day speedsters. We suspect that not even Leno himself would be able to pick a number one. How could you choose between a 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, McLaren F1 or 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400? Apples and oranges, my friends.
2. Simon Cowell - Bugatti Veyron
Apparently, being a miserable git on television for a couple years nets you enough money to nab yourself the most expensive street legal car in the world. Hmph. We act like that everyday, where’s our Veyron? In all seriousness, a cool $1.19 million purchases a car that can reach 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds – making it the second fastest in the world. Compensating for something, Simon?
3. Jay Kay/Nicholas Cage - Ferrari Enzo
Like Leno – but to a much smaller degree – Jay Kay of Jamiroquai is a big car fan. He’s not just the type of celeb who buys expensive cars because he has the money, he cherishes them. The same goes for Nicholas Cage – hence their similar taste. Jay Kay’s Enzo had a recent brush with potential devastation as a hotel chef bludgeoned it to pay Kay back for some rude remarks. Doctors expect it to make a full recovery. Long live the Enzo!
4. Patrick Dempsey - Jaguar XK120
Dr. McDreamy is stepping into some big shoes with the XK120, which has seen the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable settle into its seats. The stunning sports car (circa 1948-1954) was more than just a celebrity show car – it was raced in rallies, broke track-based speed records (clocking in at over 126 mph) and even won the mighty 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now that we think about it, do we really want a fake doctor driving such a precious piece of automotive history?
5. Jerry Seinfeld - Porsche 911s
We're not sure what's up with comedians and their cars, but Jerry Seinfeld is another funny man with a serious collection. A noted Porsche enthusiast, he has in his possession not only the first air-cooled 911 ever built, but also the last. Talk about obsessive. The $400,000 1964 model was found in New York, rusted out and in desperate need of restoration. So, Seinfeld fixed it up to the tune of an extra $200k. That's dedication. If you still doubt his commitment to Porsche, check out his 1955 550 RS Spyder, one of only 70 made.
6. Jeremy Piven - Ford Bronco
While Jeremy Piven’s Ford Bronco may not be the fastest or most expensive of the group, we have to give him bonus points for originality. The Bronco is a true American classic, one that continues to get looks as it ages. Plus, we've gotten a good look his particular bronze bulldog in person can certify that it is one mint condition rig. You won’t see cars like this on Entourage.
7. Will.i.am/Matt Damon - Tesla Roadster
Celebrities are generally looked to as trendsetters. Sometimes their opinions can be controversial, but when it comes to environmental issues we say the more green promotion, the better. Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and Matt Damon have both got their hands on the all-electric Tesla Roadster. The zero-emissions two-seater runs off of lithium-ion battery power alone, which means no oil consumption to speak of. We can’t imagine there $100K purchase is completely altruistic though, the thing is blazing fast too.
8. P. Diddy/Puff Daddy/Whatever he’s going by this week - Maybach 62S
Considering he's the person who added vocals to the track Mo' Money, Mo' Problems, it seems all that cash hasn't stopped P. Diddy from living the good life. His Maybach 62S is one very expensive example of that. Big Al – seriously – chauffeurs him around in the six-liter V-12 bi-turbo-powered, AMG-tuned land yacht. A Maybach offers every luxury you could ask for in a car – from sound-proof glass to fully reclining seats, but we can't imagine wanting to sit in the backseat of a car that has 662 horsepower. It's just not right.
9. Jason Statham - Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
A Gallardo may be nice for some (we're looking at you, David Beckham), but where it's really at is the Murcielago. It is, after all, $100,000 more expensive than its little brother, coming in at $400,000 to start. And if that’s not enough, it’s also the size of a small apartment. From what we've seen of Jason Statham, he's the type to really make use of a supercar such as this. Maybe his Transporter sponsor, Audi, will book him some time at the Nürburgring, because a 20 km racetrack is really the only place to stretch out the V-12's 642 horsepower.
10. Bill Gates - Porsche 959
While money can’t buy you love, it can definitely provide the means of securing quite an impressive garage. Mr. Gates, of that Microsoft thing all the kids are talking about, has a number of surprisingly cool cars considering his generally geeky nature. His Corvette Limousine isn’t one of them, but the non-U.S. spec 1988 Porsche 959 hits just the right note. Gates had to fight hard against Washington state litigation to keep the German sports car on our shores, but we know it was more than worth it.