The 12 Most Impressive Celebrity Car Collections Ranked

Highly successful celebrities are well known for their lavish spending habits. They seem to have an unlimited budget for buying luxurious homes, extravagant clothing, and taking vacations to exotic destinations. Many celebrities also purchase expensive cars. They choose automobiles for the pure enjoyment of driving a high-performance vehicle, traveling in style with comfort, or just to be seen in a luxury vehicle that tells everyone they have "made it."

However, a few of the most successful celebrities make car purchases an obsession, creating a collection that would be the envy of any car museum. Each celebrity tends to focus on one theme when selecting the cars. Ralph Lauren, the American clothing designer and businessman, best known for his sportswear line Polo Ralph Lauren, is one example. MotorBiscuit says Ralph Lauren "avoids the one-off curiosities, baroque period cars, and chrome-dripped Americana of many collectors, focusing instead on classics that bridge the gap between art and engineering." Laren's $40 million Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé won Best of Show at the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

James Hetfield, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Metallica, by contrast, concentrates on unique custom hot rods. Most are the result of a collaboration between a custom hot rod builder such as Rick Dore or Scott Mugford, and Hetfield. Each is a unique interpretation of the original, making it a stunning work of art.

These are the most impressive celebrity car collections.

Lady Gaga's Collection

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, Lady Gaga started her career at an early age, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. However, her driving experience got off to a late start. She was 30 years old when she tested for her first driver's license, and since then has accumulated an impressive list of European supercars and several classic cars (via GQ).

Ms. Germanotta owns two Rolls Royce Phantoms. She purchased the 1990 Corniche III before obtaining her driver's license, and a chauffeur drove her everywhere. The second Rolls Royce, a Phantom VIII, is a luxury saloon fitted with a 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 and an 8-speed automatic transmission, valued at $450,000. Her collection also includes a 2017 Lamborghini Huracan valued at $265,000, and a 2012 Audi R8 priced at $200,000 (via 21Motoring).

While Lady Gaga appreciates high-priced luxury and high-performance sports cars, her group of vehicles also includes several models the average car owner could afford: A 1979 EI Chevrolet Camino ($95,000), 1967 Ford Mustang ($57,000), 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning ($30,000), 1983 Mercedes Benz W123 300D ($40,000), and a 2012 Porsche Boxster ($50,000).

Perhaps one of her favorite automobiles is the baby-blue resto-mod 1967 Ford Bronco she was seen driving around Malibu with costar Bradley Cooper when taking breaks during filming "A Star Is Born."

James Hetfield's Collection

Although James Hetfield is well-known to heavy metal fans as the co-founder, guitarist, singer, and songwriter for Metallica, he is less renowned for his hot rod passion. His collection includes cars he has worked on for years, each with a unique style. 

While most celebrity car collectors seek out and acquire their favorite examples of rare, high-performance, luxury, and often outrageously expensive automobiles, Hetfield opted to build his vehicles from scratch. His imagination when creating music is evident in the production of his cars, often referred to as "rolling sculptures."

The Peterson Auto Museum said Hetfield "has described seeing cars in the same way he sees music: as forms of freedom and expression that convey the passions of their creator. Hetfield's vehicles assert both a reverence for history and a disregard for convention, standing collectively as a testament to the musician's distinctive personality and artistic energy."

Hetfield's exhibit at the Peterson Auto Museum, "Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection," ran through October 2021. His custom hot rods have won numerous awards. "Slow Burn," built from a 1936 Auburn, won the 2010 Goodguys Custom of the Year award. "Voodoo Priest," a collaboration between custom hot rod builder Rick Dore and Hetfield and based on a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr, won Mother's West Coast Custom of the Year award in 2012. And Black Jack, a 1932 Ford Roadster, was named America's Most Beautiful Roadster in 2017.

David Beckham's Collection

David Beckham is one of the most famous and successful players in the history of English football. After retiring, he started several businesses along with his wife, Victoria Beckham. An English singer, fashion designer, and television personality, Victoria rose to prominence in the 1990s as a member of the Spice Girls.

With seemingly unlimited financial resources (his net worth has been estimated at $450 million), Beckman amassed an impressive multimillion-dollar car collection and even invested in a car business: Lunaz, a company that converts exotic classic cars into electric vehicles (via Bloomberg).

David Beckham's garage contains a variety of vehicles, from high-performance two-seater sports cars to top-end luxurious family vehicles. According to Carhp, the most expensive model in Beckham's collection is his Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe. At a price tag of $492,000, the car is powered by a 6.75-liter, V12 engine capable of producing 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Beckman spent an estimated $319,000 for his McLaren MP4-12C Spider, powered by a 4.0-liter, V8 engine producing 616 horsepower. 

The list of Beckman's "less expensive" cars is almost as impressive. It includes a 2010 Bentley Continental GT Supersports car ($267,000), Jaguar F-Type Project 7 ($165,925), and a Lamborghini Gallardo ($195,000).

Rowan Atkinson's Collection

Although Mr. Bean drove a rather mundane Mini, in real life, Rowan Atkinson is often seen driving a supercar from his lavish collection. One of these exceptional high-performance sports cars was a 1992 McLaren F1, which he crashed twice. The second accident earned headlines in the U.K. as Britain's highest ever insurance payout for car repairs at £910,000 in 2011. Atkinson purchased the supercar in 1997 for an estimated £640,000, and sold it 18 years later, despite the car's misfortune, for a tidy £8 million (via GQ).

In 2021, TheRichest.com estimated Atkinson's collection at "well over $15 million." A few of his best cars, according to GQ, include a 2014 Bentley Mulsanne Birkin-Edition, 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead, 1939 BMW 328, 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale, 1993 Mercedes 500E, 2022 Honda NSX, and a 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Buying, selling, and collecting exotic cars comes with some financial risk, even for celebrities. While ownership by a well-known public figure generally increases the resale value, it is not always the case. Although Atkinson did well with the sale of his McLaren F1, he wasn't as fortunate with other cars. His 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato is an example. Atkinson purchased the car for a reported price of $670,000, made around $300,000 worth of modifications upgrading it to an AMOC C2 Class category race car, and then sold it for $162,323 at a huge loss (via Carhp).

Lewis Hamilton's Collection

Lewis Hamilton ranks as the most successful driver in the history of Formula One racing, beating out other notables such as Niki Lauda, Jim Clark, and Michael Schumacher. He has won over 100 races and seven F1 Championships. Hamilton has accumulated a fortune with his racing success, and multiple brand endorsements, a portion of which he spends on his other passion: assembling one of the most exclusive sports car collections in the world.

Hamilton's priority in selecting his cars emphasizes luxury, comfort, and speed (not unexpected for a race car driver). Some of the best cars in the collection include a Pagani Zonda 760 LH ($2.2 Million), McLaren P1 ($1.15 Million), Ferrari LaFerrari ($1.4 Million), Mercedes-AMG One ($2.72 Million), Ferrari 599 SA Aperta ($1.6 Million), 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 ($150,000), and 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 ($2.1 Million).

In recent years, Hamilton has become more concerned about his carbon footprint and its impact on the environment from his Formula One racing career, and the supercars he drives on the street. While he continues to race, the newly climate-anxious Hamilton is attempting to compensate in part by leaving his collection of performance cars in the garage. In an interview with Reuters in September 2020, Hamilton said, "I don't drive any of the cars that I own [in the collection] anymore. I only drive my [electric Mercedes-Benz] EQC." Hamilton has also sold his private jet, become a vegan, and requested that his team use electric vehicles whenever possible.

Floyd Mayweather's Collection

Floyd Mayweather holds multiple boxing world titles and has earned a fortune with his success. Sports Illustrated and Forbes listed him as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for both 2012 and 2013. Some of his wealth has gone to the accumulation of high-performance and extravagant luxury cars. Rumor has it Floyd Mayweather mainly paid for his cars in cash, and mostly from one dealer. A typical transaction required a trip to the bank to fill up duffel bags with money, and then to his favorite car source, Towbin Motors in Las Vegas. The dealer needed a cash-counting device to verify Mayweather's funds (via AutoWise).

While Jerry Seinfeld prefers to keep his car collection somewhat concealed, Mayweather is not reluctant to flaunt his latest supercar acquisition on social media. His collection of high-performance and luxury cars is both exhaustive and extravagant, and he has even been known to purchase the same favorite vehicle in different colors.

One of Mayweather's most expensive cars is the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. Only two were made, the other resides in Geneva. Made of carbon fiber diamond weave, a 4.8-liter, twin-supercharged flex engine producing an incredible 1,018 horsepower powers the hypercar. Along with exceptional aerodynamics, the engine pushes the Trevita to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds. AutoWise estimates the value at $4.8 million.

Other notable cars in Mayweather's collection reads like a list of the world's best hypercars: Bugatti Chiron, Veyron, Grand Sport Vitesse, Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, 458 Italia, 599 GTB Fiorano, and Enzo.

Jay Leno's Collection

Recent estimates value Jay Leno's car collection at over $52 million. He currently has over 180 cars and 160 motorcycles, but the number and value fluctuate with new purchases, sales, and the completion of restoration projects.

As you might expect, Leno's car collection is full of exotic vehicles. Some of the most valuable include a 1934 Duesenberg Walker Coupe ($20 million), 1994 McLaren F1 ($12 million), 1967 Lamborghini Miura ($3.5 million), and a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe ($1.8 million).

Jay Leno's garage also has its share of high-performance cars. His 2014 McLaren P1 is considered the first hybrid supercar. The combined gas and electric power produce a whopping 903 horsepower with 664 pound-feet of torque, pushing the car to a top speed of 217 mph (via McLaren). According to Top Gear, in 2014, the McLaren P1 was one of the fastest production cars in the world.

Leno also acquires "normal" vehicles, such as a 1996 Mazda Miata and a 2011 Chevrolet Volt (via duPont Registry). However, his one-of-a-kind cars are what best distinguishes his collection from other celebrity collectors. Perhaps the best example is the EcoJet. Leno collaborated with General Motors to design and build the one-off car powered by a biodiesel Honeywell LT1 helicopter jet turbine engine, producing 650+ horsepower.

However, as complete as his collection seems, Jay Leno's garage doesn't have a single Ferrari. Leno says it has nothing to do with the quality of Ferrari cars, but negotiating with dealerships is a challenge (via HotCars).

Jerry Seinfeld's Collection

A famous stand-up comedian and the star of the long-running sitcom by the same name, Jerry Seinfeld is also known for his expansive collection of classic vehicles, muscle cars, high-performance sports cars, and a few quirky modes of transportation. Seinfeld keeps his personal life more private than many celebrities, making it difficult to know how many cars are in his collection. However, in 2020, 21Motoring estimated the number to be over 150 rare vehicles.

Although details about Seinfeld's collection are often unclear, it is common knowledge that his preferred sports car is a Porsche. He is so passionate about the German car that in 1999, he purchased a New York City brownstone just to house his Porsche collection. The project took five years to complete, provided three floors for his cars, and had 850 square feet of living space.

Jerry used several of his favorite Porsches in his comedy show launched in 2012, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The show featured famous comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Seth Rogan, and Matthew Broderick, as well as President Barack Obama. Perhaps most notable, it also featured fellow comedian and car collector, Jay Leno.

Seinfeld's list of Porsches is endless, but one of his favorites is the 1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmünd. Produced in the region of Gmünd before Porsche relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, the rear-engined and rear-wheel drive 356 was hand-built with a body hammered into shape out of aluminum. Porsche made the sports car using mostly VW parts. Seinfeld's 356 is entirely original.

Lindsay Fox's Collection

Lindsay Fox may not be as well known in the U.S. as Ralph Lauren, Jay Leno, or Jerry Seinfeld, but he is famous in Australia. Founder of the logistics company Linfox, he is the owner of a massive collection of more than 50 vehicles that have been preserved and restored over 30-plus years. His rare and prestigious automobiles are on display at the Fox Collection Classic Car Museum, housed in the historic Queen's Warehouse in Melbourne.

Fox's Ferrari selection is exceptional, highlighted by an F40, F50, F60 (Ferrari Enzo), and a 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. He also has one of the most complete collections of luxury Mercedes south of the equator, featuring a few mint-condition Gullwings and SLs.

The Fox collection contains several unique models not available anywhere else in the world. Some of the most expensive include a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing ($6.8 million), 1953 Porsche 550 RS Spyder ($5.3 million), 1957 Mercedes-Benz SL300 Roadster ($3.7 million), 1958 Porsche 718 RSK ($3.1 million), and 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss Edition ($2.6 million).

The most valuable car in the museum is the black 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K four-seater cabriolet. When new, Mercedes-Benz offered the car at a base MSRP of $230,000 (adjusted for inflation). Based on a recent sale at auction of another cabriolet model for a record price of $9,900,000, Fox's cabriolet is no doubt worth more than $10 million.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Collection

Hollywood power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z love to collect expensive exotic cars. Each has acquired their own impressive collection, but together they have amassed a fleet of luxury vehicles. The combined collection includes a 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider, 2006 Pagani Zonda F, 2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, 1957 Corvette C1, 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII, and 2018 Bentley Continental GT (via The U.S. Sun).

The couple owns several Maybach series, a few of which are seen in Jay-Z's music videos. The 2007 Maybach 62S, with a base price of $492,602, has a turbocharged V12 that accelerates the high-end luxury saloon to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155 mph.

One highlight of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's fleet is the 2004 Maybach Exelero, a one-of-a-kind high-performance sports car made by Stola in collaboration with DaimlerChrysler. The Maybach Exelero is currently worth close to $8 million (via HotCars).

While the car collection of Jay-Z and Beyoncé is already ranked as one of the most exotic private collections in the world, a new acquisition from Rolls-Royce would make it even more exclusive. Still unconfirmed by Rolls-Royce, rumors indicate Jay-Z and Beyoncé commissioned the $28 million Boat Tail luxury vehicle, believed to be the most expensive new car of all time.

Ralph Lauren's Collection

Ralph Lauren is not only an iconic name in the fashion world, but his stunning car collection places him in an elite group of collectors. While the number of cars in his collection may be less than other well-known celebrity car enthusiasts, his focus on maintaining the originality of unique and rare vehicles sets him apart.

Lauren has displayed a select few of his cars at the most prestigious car shows in the world. His 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic won Best of Show at the celebrated Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1990, and his 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK "Count Trossi" roadster won the same award in 1993. Lauren displayed part of his collection of over 70 exotic vehicles at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2005, and he exhibited 17 rare cars at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in 2011 (via Car Collectors Club).

In addition to his Bugatti and Mercedes-Benz, Lauren's collection includes several other priceless cars. One of those is his 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, considered by many enthusiasts to be the most beautiful car the Italian sports car company ever made. Ferrari manufactured 250 GTOs between 1962 and 1964, and while its exceptional beauty and style is unquestioned, the sports car's performance is even better. Ferrari equipped the two-seater Berlinetta with its traditional 3.0-liter, V12 engine producing 300 horsepower that accelerated the car to 100 km/h in a blistering 2.9 seconds. As a result, the car dominated racing around the world in the early 1960s.

The Sultan of Brunei's Collection

Although it is uncertain how many cars the Sultan of Brunei has in his collection of exotic vehicles, estimates exceed 7,000, valued at over $5 billion. The number makes him the most prominent private car collector in the world. One of the wealthiest people on earth, Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei, has an estimated net worth of $20 billion — plenty of funds to build a multi-billion-dollar collection (via Garage Weekly).

While most celebrity car collections have a theme that reflects their owner's tastes, such as Jerry Seinfeld's Porsches and James Hetfield's custom hot rods, the Sultan of Brunei's theme seems to be "the more, the merrier." The collection features some remarkable machines, of which many are one-offs, specially commissioned by the Sultan or his equally car-enthusiastic younger brother, Prince Jefri. Unfortunately, his collection of automobiles is private and not available for view by anyone except the Sultan's relatives and close friends.

Per Garage Weekly, the Sultan of Brunei's collection includes 600+ Rolls Royces, 570+ Mercedes-Benz, 450+ Ferraris, 380+ Bentleys, 200+ BMWs, 170+ Jaguars, 160+ Porsches, 150+ Koenigsegg sports cars, and plenty of Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and McLarens. The collection's most unique and rarest cars are too numerous to list, but ranked near the top is the Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental. The car set the record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction when the Sultan of Brunei purchased the one-of-a-kind luxury vehicle for $14 million.