It costs the average American over $9,000 a year to own and maintain a car. That might seem like a lot, but it’s pennies compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars celebrities shell out for their automobile collections. Stars are known to push the limits, and their car-buying habits are no different. But what kinds of automobiles are celebrities most drawn to? From chic and shiny to beefed-up and fast, celebrities push the extremes of aesthetics and costs to build the car collection of their dreams.
Blast From The Past
When shelling out big bucks for their dream cars, many celebrities still share an appreciation for classic looks. Even younger celebrities seem to have an appreciation for vintage cars. 26-year-old Justin Bieber purchased a 1965 Lincoln Continental for his 21st birthday, and supermodel Kendall Jenner, just 24 years old, notoriously owns a collection of vintage cars, including a 1969 Chevy Camaro muscle car and a 1957 red Corvette. While used cars are often a better deal, popular vintage restored vehicles can cost as much as $100,000 depending on the make, year and restoration.
Big And Beefy
While some celebrities opt for a vintage style, others are of the opinion that bigger is better. Take famed couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who own two $1.25 million Dartz Prombrons, utility vehicles that claim to be gun, grenade and bomb-resistant. It’s no wonder SUVs are popular options for celebrities – larger vehicles comprise 63% of car sales in the United States. Originally adapted from military vehicles from World War II, SUVs now represent luxury, power and comfort. The most popular models amongst celebrities include the Mercedes-Benz G-Clas, a favorite of Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus retailing for $130,900, and the Cadillac Escalade, a beefy model owned by David Beckham and Kobe Bryant that retails for $75,195.
Sporty And Fast
Unsurprisingly, sports cars comprise the majority of the vehicular accidents that happen on the road. While it may not be the safest option, no matter who you are, driving a flashy sports car always makes an impact. Celebrities flock to these fast and expensive models both for their powerful engines and the way they so clearly signify wealth. Drake, Jay Leno and Donald Trump all own a Mercedes SLR McLaren, a sexy, speedy car with a supercharged engine retailing for $459,000. Lil Wayne, Simon Cowell and Tom Cruise all own a Bugatti Veryon, a $2.5 million car that has a top speed of 253 mph, making it the fastest legal street car in the world. Of course, celebrities are not immune to accidents, and Tracy Morgan reportedly got into an accident in his brand-new Bugatti Veryon after driving it just two miles from the dealership.
Celebrities may never miss an opportunity to display their wealth and power, and that is especially true in their automobile collections. No matter the model, stars and their cars push the limits and show the extremes that wealth can buy.