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5 Celebrities and their famed cars

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1st Jan 2015 Celebrities

5 Celebrities and their famed cars

From the stylish to the outlandish, rich celebrities, rock royalty and their globe-trotting friends can afford all sorts of fast and luxury models, often building collections worth many millions of pounds. Here we have listed five celebrities who own some of the most luxurious collections:

Rowan Atkinson

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Rowan Atkinson is one of the UK's most noted petrol heads; he was the owner of a McLaren F1, carefully restored after he wrecked it in a major accident. He sold the car - one of only 64 road-legal models - this year, for £8 million, but still has a sizeable garage that includes a Rolls Royce Phantom, a pre-war BMW 328, a slightly more sporty Honda NSX, plus a Jaguar Mk7 and an Aston Martin DB2.

 

Jay Kay

Slightly better known for his flamboyance is Singer Jay Kay who has over 50 cars in his stable, with some more affordable models among the exotic fare. There are many curios is his garage including a 1960s Ferrari Vignale 330 GT, a burnt orange BMW 2002 Bauer Cabriolet and one of only 185 Aston
Martin DB6 Mark 1 Volantes. Among the more sporty models are a purple Porsche 911 2.7 RS and a purple Lamborghini Diablo - most of which have private plates, attached for a unique, personal touch. They don't just sit in the garage though, Jay Kay has taken part in the Gumball Rally and Mille Miglia, driving a range of Maserati models across Europe. His most recent acquisition is a unique bright green hybrid Ferrari LaFerrari.

 

Ralph Lauren

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Over the pond , fashion icon Ralph Lauren's New York estate is home to more than 70 exotic cars, covering much of automotive history. They often end up on display at high-end car shows or museum exhibits and include a trio of 1996 McLaren F1s (take that Rowan!) with historic models including a 1929 Blower Bentley, a Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC Atlantic and a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK "Count Trossi." Throw in a Bugatti Veyron, a rare Lamborghini Reventón Roadster and you can see why his collection is in such demand

 

Nick Mason

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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason is the second musician in this list, and Nick is a bit of a Ferrari and sports car man. His packed collection is regularly driven, raced and track tested and includes a 1962 Ferrari GTO 250, Ferrari F40 and a Ferrari 512 S that was driven by Steve McQueen when filming the 'Le Mans' movie. To celebrate all things automotive, Mason co-authored a book in 2004, 'Into the Red: 22 Classic Cars That Shaped a Century of Motor Sport.'

 

Sultan Of Brunei

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For all their nouveau riche ambitions, these guys can't touch one of the biggest car collections on the planet. Belonging to the Sultan of Brunei, it is reportedly the most valuable collection ever, with thousands of models. At the top of his list is a customised Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Limousine, fitted with 24 carat gold and worth some £9 million. Add in a collection of 11 McLaren F1s (take that Ralph!) a top of the line Bugatti Veyron 16.4, plus several long lines of black and red Ferraris, many Porsche models, over a dozen Koenigsegg sports cars, plus another 600 Rolls Royces, and you truly have the ultimate collection.

 

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