Nice cars and celebrities often go hand in hand, but very few celebrities are cool enough to share the same passion for cars that we have.
10.) David Letterman
David Letterman’s career as a talk-show host may have recently come to an end, but that doesn’t mean he has to leave his long past of automotive enthusiasm behind. Through Letterman’s extensive car collection and his owner role in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing team, there is no hiding his passion for cars.
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9.) Tim Allen
In his collection, Tim Allen has had a Ford RS200, a Porsche Carrera GT, a one-off 446 horsepower 1996 Impala SS, and a Karmann Ghia, along with several other outstanding cars. Who knew Buzz Lightyear had such a sweet garage?
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8.) Patrick Dempsey
Actor turned endurance car racer. Though he isn’t usually on podium after each race, Patrick Dempsey is dedicated to the success of the teams he plays active roles on, often times putting racing before his acting career.
7.) Magnus Walker
Through his success with fashion and non-automotive related businesses, Magnus Walker was able to quickly grow his car empire to what it is now. Though Walker’s automotive obsession almost always circles back to Porsche, having owned about forty or so already, he is by all means a true enthusiast and supporter of automotive culture. Reader 31ModelA explains just how deep Walker’s love for cars goes.
While there may be more prodigious Porsche collectors (Seinfeld) than Magnus, it’d be tough to find one that’s more committed to the true collector ethos. Urban Outlaw is short documentary wherein Magnus assembles many of the highlights from his lifelong obsession, wherein he goes from a second hand clothing dealer on the Venice Beach boardwalk to rising through the ranks from Porsche aficionado to full on Porsche collector and restorer.
As of late, Magnus has met his short (and very ambitious) goal of owning one model from every year between 1964 and 1973. His personal touches festoon many cars in his collection (including an astounding 911 GT2 RS tuned by Sharkwerks). As for coolness? Well, if Jerry Seinfeld is one kind of Porsche collector, then Magnus is the exact opposite kind...which is to say he is very very cool. I most definitely would want to have a beer with this guy and talk cars.
6.) Nick Mason
A rock superstar with an automotive collection that should be illegal. Speaking of his collection, it includes a Le Mans raced Lola T297, a Le Mans raced Jaguar D-Type, a Ferrari 250 GTO, a Ferrari F40 and several other cars which values would probably amount to a number I couldn’t conceive.
5.) Jim Glickenhaus
Jim Glickenhaus is the man behind the P4/5 twins as well as his own SCG 003 road and track car, which was raced at the 24 hours of Nürburgring earlier this month. He bought his daughter a new Corvette Z06! He’s not just cool, he’s a cool dad! Even better.
4.) Paul Walker
What was seen of Paul Walker on the big screen evidenced very little of how big of a car guy he was. Before his untimely death, Walker had maintained a collection of about 30 cars. Through Walker’s acting work with the Fast and Furious series, he and his co-stars have been able to bring automotive culture to another generation and plant the seed for years to come.
3.) CJ Wilson
As a full time pitcher for the LA Angels, CJ Wilson lacks the track time he wishes he could put down. To make up for that he owns and operates a two car, four driver team in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. He also daily drives a “Hyperblurple” Mclaren P1.
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2.) Ralph Lauren
Between running one of the world’s largest clothing companies and staying healthy and living life, Ralph Lauren is still somehow able to spend 30 hours a year with his beloved car collection, not including actually getting behind the wheel and driving. He’s even cool enough to ship some of his cars off to foreign countries and lend them to museums for display.
1.) Jay Leno
Ah Jay Leno. Eternally making all other automotive enthusiasts jealous. He tries to hide his coolness with his full denim attire, but somehow, some cool still falls out. I won’t even try to describe Leno’s collection. Hopefully now that he is retired from late night television, he’ll grow his car collection even further and continue to share with other enthusiasts.
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