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14th October 2020

10 Best Classic and Muscle Cars Driven by Celebrities
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10 Best Classic and Muscle Cars Driven by Celebrities

By Owen Pham

Although the definitions of classic cars vary, the majority of the car enthusiast community agree that older cars with 20 years or older lifespan can be considered classic. The main factors in valuing classic vehicles are their historical significance, popularity, uniqueness, and collectability. These factors represent whether an older car is worthy of maintaining and restoration, or if it’s better off for crushing and scrapping.

Due to the traditional popularity and notability of sports cars and luxury cars, it is obvious that sports and luxury cars should have greater value when they get older. This is evident to anyone after looking at the world’s most popular and valuable classic car prices.

Nick Mason in race suit leaning on his Ferrari 250 GTO at an event

Classic cars have fans across the globe. Petrolheads and diesel heads on almost any social class have a passion for owning and driving these cars. One of these classes is celebrities, who always seem to hold a torch for the eccentric and the unique. This tendency reflects in nearly every aspect of their lifestyle, from flashy clothes to outrageously expensive house… and cars, which is what we’re all about.

Rare, eye-catching and composed of a different design language to modern cars, classic cars have always been among celebrities’ favourite rides. We know about British petrolhead Rowan Atkinson and his love for Aston Martins, so here are five celebrity classic cars and five celeb muscle cars straight from Hollywood.

Chevrolet Nova SS Driven by Lady Gaga 

Lady Gaga while driving her Chevrolet Nova SS on the streets

The well-known pop singer loves to own and drive vintage American cars and trucks. Lady Gaga has numerous classic and muscle cars in her garage, such as Lincoln Continental, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet El Camino, Ford Bronco, and Chevrolet Nova SS. Her mint blue Nova SS seems to be the most charming one among her classic car collection.

Chevrolet redesigned the Nova for 1968 and added the new SS trim option, which was considered one of the smallest American muscle cars at the time. The Nova SS featured a 350-cu small block engine as standard, while big block engines of 396-cu were also offered at higher prices.

 

Ford Falcon XB Coupe Driven by Eric Bana

Eric Bana and his 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe on the track

The Aussie actor who appeared in 2000s Hollywood movies such as Black Hawk Down, Hulk, and Troy, has a passion for drag races and race tracks and owns a red 1974 Ford Falcon XB coupe. He says he has been fond of the Ford Falcon coupe ever since he saw the high performance car winning Bathurst, one of Australia’s biggest motor races, in 1977.  

The XB Falcon was produced from 1973 to 1976 as a full-size car in 5 different body-style, with four engine options including 200 and 250-cu 6-cylinder 302 and 351-cu V8. 

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Convertible Driven by Beyonce

Beyonce leaning on her 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Convertible

Beyonce’s birthday gift from the US talented singer’s husband, Jay-Z, to add to their extensive car collection. The ultra-luxury convertible features a 6.2-litre engine to sprint it from 0 to 60 mph in 10.0 seconds. Worth at least one million USD, this hefty price guarantees a quality that secures it among the best celebrity classic cars ever.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was first introduced in 1955. Replacing the Silver Dawn, it shared its factory-built body with the Bentley Mark VI. In 1962, the Silver Cloud II was introduced to the market, which was in production until 1965, and was succeeded by the Silver Shadow on that year.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T Driven by Brody Jenner 

Brody Jenner and his 1968 Dodge Charger R/T in a gas station

In addition to owning a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, the famous TV personality drives a black 1968 Dodge Charger, which he refers to as his “little baby.” Brody Jenner bought the black 426 Hemi-powered R/T himself around 2010. It remains his favourite vehicle to drive as it is “so much fun to drive,” although he believes it’s not the most reliable car.

The second-gen Charger went on sale for the 1968 model year and proved to be a massive success for its manufacturer, unlike its first generation. Plus, the R/T Charger was offered in the same model year, which was popularized with its notable appearance in a car chase scene of the 1968 movie Bullit.

1970s Porsche 911 Driven by Kate Moss

Jamie Hence and Kate Moss driving a classic Porsche 911 in the traffic

In early 2014, the supermodel received a classic Porsche 911 as her 40th birthday gift. Kate Moss and her husband, Jamie Hence, were seen driving on this vintage coupe on their weekend ride. The car reportedly cost around £20,000, but this was far from the only classic car owned by Moss over the years, as she owns or has owned different classic models from Mercedes-Benz to Rolls-Royce.

The classic 911 debuted in 1963 as a more powerful and comfortable replacement to the aged 356 (of which Pilgrim Motorsports do their own Speedster replicas), which had been in production since 1948. The classic 911 was produced until 1989 in different series with numerous engines, all of which were air-cooled and rear-mounted.

1970 Plymouth Superbird Driven by John Cena

John Cena on his toes by his Plymouth Superbird’s trunk

The WWE professional wrestler is an American muscle car collector. His car collection includes cool classic and modern muscle cars manufactured by Ford, GM, Chrysler, and AMC, but for sure one of his coolest muscle cars is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. One of the coolest celeb muscle cars, this Superbird, along with Cena’s 1969 Dodge Daytona, showcases his interest in NASCAR history.

Originally intended as a NASCAR homologation, the Superbird was essentially a heavily-modified Plymouth Road Runner. It was available with a 426-cu Hemi engine that generated 425-hp of power, making it capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.5 seconds. 

1953 Cadillac Fleetwood Driven by Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese with her 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood behind

America’s most famous burlesque dancer, Dita Von Teese, is another vocal classic car enthusiast. She owns and drives vintage cars such as 1939 Packard One-Twenty and 1946 Ford Super Deluxe. She has also owned a 1939 Chrysler New Yorker and a 1965 Jaguar S-Type in the past, but perhaps her classiest car is a 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood.

The 1953 Fleetwood was the final model year for the fourth-generation Cadillac Sixty Special series, often referred to as the Fleetwood Sixty Special. It used a 331-cu engine paired with a 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, generating a 210-hp power output.

Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser Driven by Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser showing off

In a March 2008 Top Gear article, the famous presenter Jeremy Clarkson stated that he had bought a Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser. He claimed that it was “38 years old, 38 feet long.” He also remarked that an example of this car would ordinarily be worth only £5,000.

The Grosser was manufactured between 1963 and 1981 as the ultra-luxury flagship car of Mercedes-Benz. It was either came in short and long wheelbase, both equipped with the 6.3-litre M100 V8 engine. Many politicians, royalties, and celebs around the world have owned this car as it “was the most expensive, most advanced and most governmental car in the world,” according to Clarkson.

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Driven by Lisa Bonnet

Jason Mamoa and Lisa Bonnet driving their 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible on a mountain road 

Only recently, Actor Jason Momoa took a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible for restoration. The car had initially belonged to his wife, Lisa Bonnet, also an actor, and was in fact the first vehicle she has ever owned. After a complete overhaul, Mamoa surprised his wife by presenting her the car, posting a video recording the event and restoration process on his personal YouTube channel, which has since gained over 3.5 million views by far.

The car is a GT Mustang, a performance car originally with a 289 cu V8 engine of 271-hp. However, since the engine was pulled out of the car during the restoration, it’s uncertain whether the same engine was put back on the vehicle after a rebuild or a new crate engine was used as a replacement. 

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Driven by Nick Mason 

Nick Mason leaning on his 1963 Ferrari GTO in a green field

“When I paid £35,000 for the 250 GTO in 1977, I felt stupid to be spending so much — I didn’t think it would be worth £30m in 2016.” This is how Pink Floyd drummer commented on how his wise purchase might sound “silly” back in the late 70s. 

Furthermore, in 2018 the Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car in the world, with a sold price of $70 million. This far outshines the most expensive Mustang in the world, a 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R driven by Grand National British racer Ken Miles when he won his SCCA race in 1965.

The 250 GTO was intended as a Group 3 GT racer, with only 36 units produced. It has a 2,953-cc V12 engine putting out 296 hp at 7,500 rpm and 217 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. With such engine specs and its light curb weight of 2,000-lb, it could go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and reach the top speed of 174 mph.

Conclusion

Knowing about these celebrities with classic cars, it’s no surprise that the most popular vehicles among them are classic cars from the 1960s. It is no secret that the 60s marked the popularisation of muscle cars in general, as it was a period that some of the world’s coolest muscle cars hit the market and gathered massive amounts of fans and enthusiasts from all around the world. 

Over half a century later, many muscle cars from that era, such as Ford Mustang, Shelby Mustangs and Dodge Charger, are among the most iconic vehicles ever and modern-day gearhead favourites.

While the 60s classic models have experienced a rise in value in the recent decade, many experts believe these cars could reach even higher levels of popularity and collectability within the next few years.

Accordingly, buying classic cars and muscle cars could be a smart investment for people interested in financing such vehicles. Therefore, it is safe to say that purchasing either a classic car or muscle car from the 60s not only can make you look classy, but it can also earn you a notable profit if viewed as a long-term investment.

Author: Owen Pham


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