Unexpected Celebrity Classic Car Collectors


 
Automotive One of the best things about being an A-list celebrity is that you can afford pretty much whatever you want. Indeed, many of the rich and famous have invested some of their millions in classic car restoration and collection. You would expect leading men like Arnold Schwarzenegger or flashy, charismatic musicians like Kanye West to be very interested in cultivating impressive classic car collections, but the range of celebs who’ve displayed passion for old school automobiles may surprise you. Kate Moss It’s tempting to dismiss Kate Moss as a mere pretty face, but the ‘90s modeling icon isn’t content standing around and congratulating herself for being very rich and skinny. She has also gathered enough classic cars to put some collections to shame. As recently as January 2014, the Daily Mail highlighted her cherished vintage Porsche 911 – one of many oldies but goodies in her collection. MSN reports that Moss also owns a MG Midget and a 1965 Rolls-Royce Shadow. Brian Johnson Having sneered out some of the most recognizable hard rock anthems of all time – including “Back in Black” and “You Shook Me All Night Long,” the AC/DC singer of record has made a few bucks in his day. He’s recognized by Jalopnik as one of the coolest classic car collectors in the game. During his downtime from AC/DC, Johnson has written a book and hosted a TV show devoted to cars.

John Cena One of the most polarizing champions in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment and the self-proclaimed “Doctor of Thuganomics,” Cena takes classic cars almost as seriously as he takes putting whoopin’s on his adversaries. On the strength of his 1971 Ford Torino GT, 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 1970 Plymouth Superbird and other notables, Complex magazine proclaimed him the seventh best celebrity classic car owner on its top 25 list. Martha Stewart Without question the leading authority on home economics, Martha Stewart certainly has led a profoundly singular life.

Appropriately, she owns a profoundly singular classic car – a campy Ferrari Daytona ride that’s been pictured in several media outlets. She’s also been a special guest on NPR’s Car Talk, where she let the world know that she knows her stuff when it comes to cars. Jay Leno It’s impossible to deny that Jay Leno’s car collection would trump almost any competition around. Complex magazine devoted an entire “Top 25” list to ranking Leno’s parking lot of automotive treasures. The coolest among them includes a thoroughly suave 1955 Buick Roadmaster, which has undergone some extensive classic car restoration. The late night mainstay originally bought his Roadmaster in the early ‘70s for $350, but it still appears to be in mint condition.