When you have dreams of being rich and successful, the follow-up question is always one pertaining to what you’d do with your first million. For some, such lofty goals revolve around taking care of their family and friends, and then giving back to their community. But for others, where there is a passion or even the inkling of a hobby, you can guarantee that such exhaustive amounts of money as a million-dollar-pay cheque will go a long way in exploiting it.
Exhibit a: the celebrity car garage. For most celebrities, the first million is used for the celebrity checklist, a kind of grocery list of all the accouterments one needs to take their place calmly in Hollywood. You’ve got your sprawling mansions with Jacuzzis and home cinemas, and then you’ve got your cars.
Famous faces like Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno have made a name for themselves outside of their work, simply due to their impressive car collections. With special edition models, vintage vehicles and some of the most expensive car collections on the market, their garages could be more aptly described as a car dealership due to the sheer number of cars in their possession.
To give you a dose of car envy and inspiration, here are eight of the wildest celebrity car garages.
When you host a show called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, two things you can be certain of: they love coffee, and they know their way around cars. Such is the case with Jerry Seinfeld, whose garage in New York City encompasses three stories and holds 46 Porsches. In 2016, the comedian sold $22 million worth of his collection, but still has some incredible models like the Porsche 959, the 1955 550 Spyder, and the first 1963 911 ever made. Over the years, Seinfeld has shown us all just how big his passion for vehicles is, surprising guests on the hit Netflix show with the kind of vehicles you could never even dream of, let alone taking a ride in.
When it comes to car garages, Jay Leno’s ranks up there with the best. The comedian and TV host is known for his impressive car collection, which also includes 90 motorcycles. Once valued at $50 million USD, his garage is said to be 14 per cent of his $350 million USD net worth. In it, you’ll find a host of classic and modern cars including rare vintage automobiles and new, flashy sports cars. Some noticeable favourites include a new 2017 Ford GT, 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado, and a 1906 Stanley Steamer.
When you have as good an eye as Ralph Lauren does for fashion, you can trust that it also extends to motor vehicles. Soon after making his mark in the fashion industry, the designer began collecting cars, with some of his earliest purchases being a 1971 Mercedes 280SE 4.5 convertible, a 1979 Porsche 930 and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe bought in 1983. He’s only grown his collection from there and as a result, his car garage really is something to behold.
While Jerry Seinfeld might have a three-story garage, John Travolta has a garage big enough to park an airplane – so who trumps? Sure, it might not be an automobile, but Travolta’s Florida home includes a garage fit for 15 cars, a private jet, and a jumbo jetliner. And that’s all on top of the 1.4-mile runway that leads to the garage itself. The actor also has a number of incredible cars in his collection and is known amongst the celebrity elite for being a big car fan.
The comedian might not be quite the household name of the likes of Seinfeld, but Adam Carolla is well known for his car collection. His latest acquisition alone set him back a cool $4.4 million USD thanks to the 1979 Porsche 935 that was driven by Paul Newman in the 1979 24 hours of Le Mans, winning in its class and finishing second overall. As historic artifacts go, this is one that certainly takes the cake.
Everyone’s favourite tool man has more than tools in his shed, he also has a crazy lineup of vintage vehicles and lust-worthy cars. His collection includes muscle cars and rare breeds like the Ford RS200, as well as a custom-built 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS which Hot Cars reports to be his favourite daily drive.
Jon Cena has charmed audiences with his comedic acting and quick wit, while still having a slew of fans thanks to his wrestling days. But the wrestler-turned-actor also has a car collection that many in the car industry revere. He’s known to be fond of muscle cars and his rotation includes a 2017 Ford GT, 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1, and 2006 Dodge Viper.
He may not be a veteran of his trade quite like the others that made this list, but in the space of a few years, Bieber made a staggering fortune and has used that to build his car rotation. His garage includes models like a Porsche 997 Turbo, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Aventador, Cadillac CTS-V and Range Rover.