The classic sports car has been immortalized in song, glorified on film and enshrined in literature. These stylish vehicles have had a significant impact on world culture and have earned their place in the highest echelons of the automotive world. Here are eight of the most devoted celebrity car collectors and their areas of expertise in the custom and classic car world.
Known for his prowess on the basketball court, Shaquille O’Neal is also a noted collector of classic cars. His prized possessions include a stretch Lamborghini Gallardo and a Superman Cadillac Escalade.
As a comedian, Jerry Seinfeld’s name has become synonymous with a whimsical and detached style of wit. As a car collector, however, Seinfeld has shown a marked preference for Porsche products and owns a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, a 1973 Porsche 911 and a 1959 Gmund Porsche.
Noted wrestler Bill Goldberg made a major impact on fans and opponents in the WCW and WWE. His collection of American muscle cars includes a 1969 Dodge Charger, a 1963 Dodge 330, a 1970 Boss 429 Mustang and a 1965 Shelby Cobra replica.
One of the premier clothing designers in the modern era, Ralph Lauren is known for his classic lines and timeless styling. His collection of European sports cars reflects this sensibility perfectly; his 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 convertible is one of the highlights of his personal lineup of classic cars.
A self-professed aficionado of muscle cars and hot rods, actor Tim Allen has amassed a sizable collection of classics during his nearly 40 years in show business. Among other classic vehicles, Allen owns a 1946 Ford convertible, a 1955 Ford Customline, a licorice-black Tim Allen Moal Roadster Special and a 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
A legend in the boxing world, Floyd Mayweather is currently the World Boxing Council welterweight champion and the World Boxing Association super welterweight champion. Mayweather owns two Rolls-Royce Phantoms and a rare Maybach 62.
Mr. October really needs no introduction, especially among the many fans who followed his 20 years in Major League Baseball. Over the course of his career, Reggie Jackson won seven American League West pennants, four American League East pennants and two World Series titles. Jackson has dedicated his car collecting career to Chevrolet products and boasts a 1969 ZL1 COPO Camaro in his elite lineup of classic cars.
Well-known comedian and former host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno has made a name for himself in the field of television. His love for classic automobiles is no secret from his friends and fans; Leno has more than 100 cars from all eras of the automotive industry. Included in his collection are such rarities as the 1909 Baker Electric, the 1909 Stanley Steamer, the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II and the 1931 Bentley 8-Liter.
While most classic car collectors lack the financial resources and the connections necessary to acquire vintage vehicles like the ones owned by these celebrities, finding and restoring the great sports cars of yesteryear is a hobby well worth the effort and expense.