A lot of celebrities own muscle cars. It is easy to understand why -- classic cars have long been seen as a symbol of wealth, success, and good taste. The muscle car era in America started during the 1960s with cars such as the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Dodge Charger. Although fuel crises and a shift to smaller, more economic vehicles did a number on the popularity of muscle cars in the 1970s and 1980s, many of these classics survived and are still made today. They are still so popular, in fact, that they have inspired tons of Mopar T-shirts, decals, and other accessories and apparel.
Muscle cars experienced something of a rebirth in recent years, when car manufacturers started coming out with sleek, "retro" versions of the old muscle cars, designed to echo the original body styles, but with a more modern look. For many die-hard muscle car fans, however, they just don't compare to the real thing. When money is no longer an issue, many of the wealthiest Americans choose to tool around town in their favorite muscle cars. Here are a few well-known celebrities and their cars.
- Jay Leno and his Mustang - Most people know Leno from late-night TV. In fact, you would have to be living under a rock -- or without TV reception -- to not know who he is. But did you know that he owns a 1965 Shelby Mustang 350 GT? Leno is a car collector and has a lot of different cars, but the fact that the Mustang is one of them shows how sought-after these old muscle cars really are.
- Tim Allen and his Mustang - Tim Allen is another Mustang fan, with his 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR. He also has a 1990s model, customized 'Stang that reportedly does 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds.
- John Cena and his Camaro - John Cena is a wrestler, actor, and hip-hop musician who also happens to have great taste in cars. He has a beautiful classic Chevy Camaro, in addition to several other classic muscle cars.
- Brad Pitt and his Camaro - Last year Brad Pitt bought the new Chevy Camaro SS, showing that becoming a parent doesn't have to mean that he has lost his appetite for fun!
- Eminem and his Mustang - Who remembers the story of Eminem and his 1999 Mustang convertible, which he supposedly bought with his first royalty check? Unfortunately, he sold the car on eBay for $27,900.
Of course, there are a lot of hot celebrity-owned cars, beyond just the muscle cars listed above. The choices range from Aston Martins to Rolls Royce, but the fact that muscle cars are included on that list -- forty-some years after some of them were made -- demonstrate how lasting their influence really was. If you could afford any car you wanted, what would you choose?