With bank accounts that look like phone numbers, celebrities can usually afford the most refined cars the industry has to offer. And while many of them splurge on expensive supercars, some of them have a particularly unusual taste in cars and drive around in models that most of us would shy away from; cars that we’ve never dreamed of owning.
Some of the celebrity cars on this list look like they’ve come straight from the battlefield, others look like bugs on four wheels. Now, whether their choice in rides reflects their need to stand out from the crowd and express themselves or simply unusual taste remains up to debate, but seeing your favorite celebrity pull up in any of these cars would definitely leave you doing a double-take.
Smart Fortwo: Justin Bieber
As the saying goes, “fame comes at a price,” and the highly controversial singer-songwriter has had a fair share of a troubled timeline. Justin Bieber is also known to have an affinity for highly-prized exotic cars. From the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport to the Fisker Karma, the youngster is undeniably a gearhead.
Also in his collection is the weird Smart Fortwo and the questionable Campagna T-Rex 14R (which we assume is a toy car). Anyway, let’s focus on the “not-so-smart” car, which we think Bieber tried to forget his bad choices by painting it all matte black and renaming the “Swag Car.”
1992 Ford Taurus SHO: Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien owns the same old ‘92 Ford Taurus SHO despite having a successful late-night talk TV show. The sleeper car may look weird and slow, but it hosts an impressive powerplant and could outrun many sports cars of its era.
Apparently, Ford found themselves with a surplus of Yamaha engines lying around and decided to shove them into the Taurus. The small V6 engines produced 220 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. Perhaps that’s why the car ahs grown on Conan and he’s not letting it go.
Fiat 500: Clint Eastwood
Going by his car collection of classic cars, it’s no doubt that Clint Eastwood knows a thing or two about cars. But he has a weird Fiat 500.
The car looks like a silly project someone created in their backyard. In 2014, Clint arrived on set carrying his friend in his tiny two-door hatchback. We are not questioning why Clint owns the tiny eco-car, probably to feel modern, but it’s downright strange.
Tata Nano: Jay Leno
Jay Leno, the former host of the Tonight Show, is one of the most famous gearheads worldwide. The owner of the Big Dog Garage perhaps knows about classic cars than most historians.
Probably out of curiosity, Jay Leno has a Nano amongst his pristine collection of cars. The rear-engine hatchback was intended for Indian motorcycle riders. It costs about $3,200, making it one of the cheapest new cars on the planet. The small car was painfully slow. A 37 hp and 38 lb.-ft of torque propelled the Nano to a top speed of 37 mph.
Fiat Grande Punto: Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the name Harry Potter. And while the actor did help create some unforgettable memories with his role, it’s his choice in car that’s even more unforgettable.
When he turned 18, he went for the weird Fiat Grande Punto. Probably, Daniel was trying to live up to the character he played, but indeed, with millions of dollars in the bank, that’s a weird first choice.
Tango T600: George Clooney
A story is told of how Woodbury had investigated the Americans and “discovered” that most drove to work alone. So, he came up with a brilliant idea of developing Commuter Cars and settled on the single-seat Tango T600.
The car was 39 inches wide, making it the weirdest, funniest tiny car ever. Do you think the car was cheap? Its kit could set you back $100,000 for a car that you could pack in your kitchen. Well, actor George Clooney owned one, and despite him endorsing the little car, it never went into production.
Bugatti Centodieci: Christiano Ronaldo
The limited production of the Bugatti Centodieci started in 2020, paying homage to Bugatti EB110. The aggressive-looking car features a weird horse-shoe-like grille, narrow headlights, and not forgetting the wedge-shaped front end.
An 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine provides this beast with 1,578 hp. The Centodieci can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.4 seconds, 0-124 mph in 6.1 seconds, 0-186 mph in 13.1 seconds, and attains an electronically limited top speed of 240 mph. Oh, the Portuguese citizen owns one.
Ford SportKa: Wayne Rooney
Do you remember the clip of “Ka’s Evil Twin”? Anyway, let’s not digress. Long ago, when Wayne Rooney, the soccer player, was in his teens, Ford gifted him the SportKa. The weird blue car gave the impression of a shopping cart.
But Rooney didn’t mind driving the odd vehicle while he played for Everton (reportedly his favorite team since he was a boy). Under the hood was a nippy 1.6-liter engine producing 93 bhp. With that power, the KA accelerated from 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds and attained a top speed of 108 mph.
1984 Renault 4: Pope Francis
The man of the cloth broke many taboos, and, contrary to other priests’ opulent lifestyles, the Pope owns an old Renault 4. Father Don Renzo Zocca gifted him the quirky white Renault 4 in 2013. Although strange, the odd car aligns with the church’s values of denying thyself earthly materials and helping the poor.
The small economy car, produced by Renault, shared several underpinnings with the Citroen 2CV apart from the engine. The Renault 4 featured a four-cylinder water-cooled engine while plastic replaced the aluminum grille. Production ended in 1992, after 31 years.
1965 Volkswagen Beetle: Chris Pratt
Although he’s the perfect example of from grass to grace, Chris Pratt still keeps car things simple. He owns a 1965 VW Beetle that he adores. He won the car at a Blackjack game, and it took him 12 years to restore to its former glory. At the time, the VW cost $2,500.
The original bug-like Beetle features a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 40 hp mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. And unlike other conventional cars where the luggage is located at the rear, this one is under the front hood.
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