Big names require big-name cars. Take Batman, for example. Without the Batmobile, whenever the Penguin came calling, he’d be forced to hitch a ride in Alfred’s 1986 Ford Taurus. While it would admittedly be less conspicuous, he’d also look pretty pathetic. The Gotham Gazette would probably have a field day.
Celebrity cars are no different. The rich and famous want the best vehicles to retain their status and brand. Here’s a look at some of the stars’ leanest, meanest, rarest cars in the world — and their massive price tags.
Lamborghini Aventador Coupe
- Who loves it? Justin Bieber
- How much does it cost? $421,145
Pop star Justin Bieber is no stranger to luxury cars. He’s owned a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Bugatti Veyron, a leopard-print Audi R8 and a variety of other over-the-top vehicles. The teen dream has a particular propensity for Lamborghinis. He’s been linked to at least six different Lambo models, though it is unclear which he still owns and which he has since traded in.
The Aventador Coupe is particularly noteworthy as the Canadian singer had it custom-painted a rare matte, aqua color. He evidently thought the paint job was missing something, though. On April 12, 2018, The Sun released pictures of Bieber’s blue baby sporting the rather sloppily painted words “Cash Only” on the driver’s side door. The tag is suspected to be the work of his artist friend Joe Termini.
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- Who loves it? Flo Rida
- How much does it cost? $1.7 million
Bieber isn’t the only celeb who loves a Bugatti Veyron. It’s a favorite among rappers like Birdman, Lil Wayne and The Game, in part because it is an elite status symbol. As of 2017, only 300 had been sold in the world, making them exceedingly rare — and expensive.
Musical artist Flo Rida didn’t think his Veyron was unique enough, evidently. In 2012, after having his license suspended due to a DUI, the “Low” singer celebrated getting back behind the wheel by giving his Veyron a major makeover. He had it wrapped in a highly reflective, mirror-like chrome, accented by a matte silver stripe. TopSpeed estimated that the modification boosted the value of the car by approximately $2 million.
In 2013, Rida decided to give his car yet another pricey overhaul and had it wrapped in gold chrome instead. It soon became a trending topic on Twitter as most critics found it a garish affront to the natural beauty of the car.
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
- Who loves it? Ralph Lauren
- How much does it cost? $40 million
Someone surprising is also on the Bugatti bandwagon: Ralph Lauren. The fashion mogul’s 1930s, black 57SC Atlantic is far rarer than the Veyron, however. There are only two 57SCs still in existence, one that is in the Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and one that belongs to Lauren. Its $40 million price tag makes it one of the most expensive celebrity cars of all time.
Lauren’s roadster isn’t just cool to look at, with its unique, tear-drop shaped body, kidney-shaped doors and riveted fins; it’s also considered the world’s first supercar, meaning a high-performance sports car that is street legal. According to SuperCars.net, “The Type 57SC chassis was the combination of the supercharged 57C engine with the low and short 57S chassis used for racing.” In other words, it’s powerful.
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Bentley GT Continental
- Who loves it? Paris Hilton
- How much does it cost? $200,000
You can’t get more 2008 than Paris Hilton driving around Hollywood in a pink Bentley. That is until you find out that she had the paint job done at West Coast Customs — you know, the guys featured on MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.” Now that is peak 2000s. You’re really just missing Ashton Kutcher popping out of the trunk sporting a trucker hat.
The then-27-year-old heiress explained the outrageous paint job to People, saying, “I think when you’re a little girl and you have the Barbie Corvette you’re like, ‘I wish I had a car like this one.’ So I think [it’s] just being a fan of Barbie for so long.”
- Who loves it? Kylie Jenner
- How much does it cost? $1.4 million
The Kardashian-Jenner clan has had some very highly publicized car moments. In 2011, star Kim Kardashian received a $325,000 Ferarri as a wedding gift from Malaysian businessman and fan Jho Low. Federal prosecutors later alleged that the car had been purchased with money stolen from the Malaysian government. She also once got a neon green Lamborghini solely to match her hair color for the night. Sister Khloé Kardashian had her Range Rover wrapped in velvet back in 2015 — a decidedly practical choice. And, for her 21st birthday, Kendall Jenner was gifted a Rolls-Royce by a stranger and forgot about the whole thing until someone reminded her later. Must be nice, huh?
However, nothing quite compares to the ridiculously over-the-top “push present” the youngest member of the family, Kylie Jenner, received. Before giving birth to daughter Stormi, Jenner’s boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, got her a $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari. The car has a maximum 949 horsepower, reaches 124 mph in under 7 seconds and tops out at 217 mph. It’s unclear where Jenner will be able to take full advantage of the car’s power and speed, but the young billionaire could always have her own racetrack built in the backyard.
Limited Edition Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss
- Who loves it? Kanye West
- How much does it cost? $1.06 million
Rapper, fashion designer and frequently controversial star Kanye West was a fan of luxury cars long before joining the Kardashian-Jenner family. In 2011, he showed up to the Cannes Film Festival in a Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss, one of the rarest cars in the world; there are only 75 of them in existence. The vehicle has a 5.5-liter, supercharged V8 engine, slick silver paint job and no windshield, meaning there is no hiding from the sun — or paparazzi.
West has a garage full of other expensive cars, including a Porsche Panamera, Mercedes SLR McLaren and Lamborghini Aventador. And, if you’re concerned about how much he’s spending, the word is he’s good for it. Thanks to his fashion label, Yeezy, he’s edging closer to billionaire status.
- Who loves it? Nicolas Cage
- How much does it cost? $670,000
Nicolas Cage is known for two things: acting and spending. The star is an eccentric collector, having owned everything from a torture mansion to a dinosaur skull to a pet octopus. But, for all the odd things he’s bought, he also has a legitimate eye for luxury. Somewhere in between purchasing nine Rolls-Royces, four yachts, two European castles and, presumably, a solid gold partridge in a pear tree, Cage bought a Ferrari Enzo as well. There are only 400 models in the world, which each boast 650 HP and a V12 engine.
In 2009, Cage faced some hard times financially — though he’s since bounced back — and was forced to sell off many of his assets. The supercar, unfortunately, got the boot. If only he could have held on to it, the star could have turned a profit. In 2017, according to Car Buzz, a used 2003 Ferrari Enzo was put up for sale for $3.9 million.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
- Who loves it? Missy Elliott
- How much does it cost? $294,950
What do James Bond and rapper Missy Elliott have in common? Well, they’re both famous for getting their freak on, for one. But they also have the same taste in cars. Elliott owns an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, the same vehicle driven by Pierce Brosnan’s 007 in “Die Another Day.”
The music producer seems to be on a mission to own the best luxury cars. In addition to the Aston Martin, Elliot has nabbed a purple Lamborghini Diablo, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Spyker C8 Spyder and 11 other impressive rides.
Jaguar E-Type Eagle Speedster
- Who loves it? Simon Cowell
- How much does it cost? Approximately $1 million
Simon Cowell has made a fortune judging people’s talents on shows like “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and “X Factor.” But all that critiquing takes a lot out of a person. Really, how many times can you berate a 6-year-old playing a discordant rendition of “Hot Cross Buns” on the kazoo?
Luckily, Cowell has found his happy place: in the driver’s seat of several luxury cars. According to Hot Cars, he owns at least 20 vehicles.
None are perhaps more impressive than the extremely rare Jaguar E-Type Eagle Speedster — a 1965 Jaguar restored by Sussex-based company Eagle. Cowell bought the car after seeing it featured on BBC’s “Top Gear,” where Jeremy Clarkson described it as the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. Cowell echoed that sentiment in a tweet post-purchase: “I think this may be the most beautiful car in the world. It’s made by Eagle. Thank you Henry, Paul and the team.”
Vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
- Who loves it? Beyoncé
- How much does it cost? $1 million
Some people get gift cards to Outback Steakhouse or nice, sensible sweaters for their 25th birthdays, but megastar Beyoncé is not “some people.”
On her big two-five, husband Jay-Z gifted Queen Bey a 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The convertible limousine has a sky blue exterior, matching leather interior, navy blue top and white-wall tires. The car was added to the couple’s impressive 24-car collection, which includes a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR and Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, according to Hot Cars.
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- Who loves it? Jay-Z
- How much does it cost? $8 million
Beyoncé isn’t the only one turning heads as she drives. Jay-Z has the most expensive car in the couple’s collection: a rare $8 million Maybach Exelero. The car’s unusually long lines and black paint job make it look like a modern-day Batmobile. Fittingly, it sports a twin-turbocharged V12 engine, can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 218 mph. If Jay isn’t fighting crime in this thing, he’s really missing an opportunity.
1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Coupe
- Who loves it? Jay Leno
- How much does it cost? Approximately $2 million
In 2010, Jay Leno wrote a piece for Popular Mechanics, detailing his restoration adventure with a vintage Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Coupe. “It was an old race car that its owners put in a storage container out in the California desert in the late 1970s,” he wrote. “And the Mercedes just sat there for decades. I’m only the third owner. And that makes it special.” He went on to describe the car’s features lovingly: “The 300SL was ahead of its time, with a tubular space frame, fully independent suspension, a fuel-injected SOHC Six, those cool gullwing doors and a lot of racing history.”
Though the price Leno paid for the car is unclear, he could make a bundle on it should he choose to sell. In 2014, a restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold at auction house Barrett-Jackson for $2,090,000, including a buyer commission fee. It is safe to say that time, inflation and a famous face like Leno’s might mean his red beauty would sell for even more.
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- Who loves it? The Rock
- How much does it cost? $2.4 million
On Instagram, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson often treats followers to heart-warming videos of him joking around with fans while driving his Ford F-150 pickup. Given his exploding net worth, it’s a relatively low-key car, even with the custom build. That doesn’t mean Johnson doesn’t like luxury, however. The wrestler-turned-actor has an impressive lineup of exotic cars, including a Pagani Huayra.
Of the car’s design, Horacio Pagani said, “Mercedes-AMG has created a truly unique and lightweight engine, a twin turbo with 730 HP and 1000 Nm of torque that perfectly complements the car, giving a feeling that has motivated our research: that of the brute force of an airplane taking off.” The car is clearly perfect for The Rock. If anyone is accustomed to “brute force,” it’s the guy who beat Mick “Mankind” Foley over the head with a chair 11 times at Royal Rumble ’99.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
- Who loves it? Tom Brady
- How much does it cost? $1.7 million
If you’re arguably the best quarterback in history and have a chance to buy a Bugatti, which one do you think would be most fitting? The Super Sport, of course! Nothing says “If I retire, the entirety of New England will kill themselves” quite like a supercar that tops out at 151 mph.
According to Top Speed, Brady’s choice of Bugatti isn’t so much about beauty as it is pure power: “With this type of design comes a very short and stubby hood with massive flanks on each side of it to channel airflow up and over its shallow-raked windshield.” Indeed, the Pats star’s ride has a completely carbon-fiber exterior which keeps it lightweight, so it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir
- Who loves it? Drake
- How much does it cost? $1.3 million
In 2010, singer-rapper Drake plunked down a pile of his “Thank Me Later” money for a Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir. It’s an exceedingly rare supercar — only 15 were ever made. It’s unclear, though, if the star was drawn to the car’s rarity or if he’s just a big fan of Halloween. The deep black finish and orange leather interior make it the spookiest-looking vehicle since Scooby’s Mystery Machine.
Nearly a decade later, it seems like Drake has decided the Sang Noir isn’t in “God’s Plan.” In November 2018, there were rumors that the singer put the car up for sale anonymously at Ferrari Quebec for about $1.3 million. This wouldn’t be the first time that he’s tried to unload his ride, either. In May 2014, GT Spirit speculated that the car had been put on the market, but nothing ever came of it.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
- Who loves it? Queen Latifah
- How much does it cost? $370,000
In 2016, Queen Latifah’s Mercedes-Benz S63 was stolen from a gas station in Atlanta. Though the car was later recovered with only minor damage to a rear rim and some trash left behind, the star apparently decided it was time to make a change. She upgraded to a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé — a car three times the cost of her old baby.
Rolls-Royces are handmade luxury cars, meaning no two cars are exactly the same. Latifah’s unique ride is low-slung with a convertible top, shimmering silver paint job and signature Rolls grill.
She’s evidently enjoying it, too. The actress has been spotted driving the car several places in and around Los Angeles, including Hollywood, where she was bumping Fetty Wap from the sound system.
- Who loves it? Britney Spears
- How much does it cost? $200,000
In 2013, singer Britney Spears released the song “Work Bitch,” in which she sings:
“You want a Maserati?/You better work bitch”
Poor punctuation aside, it seems the pop star has taken her own advice. Just two years after the song’s release, she purchased a Maserati GranTurismo. The Italian supercar has an 8 cylinder 4.7 L V8 engine, sleek body and white paint job. Since buying the car, the performer has been photographed in a black one, too.
If Spears is taking cues from her song, the next line goes:
“You want a Lamborghini?/Sippin’ martinis?”
Only time will tell if she plans to get a Lambo, too.
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