Money strong musicians and expensive cars go together like record players and vinyl. On some occasions these grand cars perfectly reflect their owner’s personality, yet in others they seem a slightly odd pairing…
Freddie Mercury – Studebaker Champion. Freddie deserves due applause for staging the photograph perfectly.
George Harrison – Aston Martin DB5. The most reserved of The Beatles was obsessed with speed making his choice of the elegant DB5 somewhat perfect.
Janis Joplin – Porsche 365. Together in a unison of psychedelic sixties flower-power happiness. One can’t blame her for poor taste though, as it was her roadie, Dave Roberts, who is reputed to have painted her 356 in a theme he called “The History of the Universe” – though one could perhaps just as well have called it a “Jimi Hendrix Overdose of Vomit”. Shortly after the car was decorated by Roberts, it was stolen, then found again, and after Joplin’s death it was returned to its original Dolphin grey by her brother .
Jeff Beck – Ford Deuce Coupé. Jeff Beck was an avid collector of vehicles. His favourite was the classic Deuce Coupé and a 1932 Ford Roadster. He also owned a 1932 Ford Coupé which he had built as an exact copy of the one used in the famous movie “American Graffiti”. He had apparently lost an auction for the actual car, and thus proceeded to build an exact replica instead. It’s claimed that he still owns a 1963 split window Corvette Stingray, which he bought during the heyday of The Yardbirds.
Miles Davis – Lamborghini Miura. In 1972, Miles had serious crash in his first Miura in which he broke both his ankles and was hospitalised for a lengthy period. As soon as he was back on his feet again, he went straight out and bought a new Miura.
Johnny Cash – Cadillac (’49 – ’70). This Frankenstein monster of a Cadillac was built to promote Johnny Cash’s song “One Piece at a Time.”
Bryan Ferry – Messerschmitt KR200. A quirky duo.
Dave Clark – Jaguar E-Type. The E-typen was – as can clearly be seen on the following pictures of this article – de rigueur among the most trendsetting stars of the sixties hit lists.
Elvis Presley – Cadillac Eldorado Seville. The choice of car doesn’t surprise us the slightest, but we’re dying to know what the Officer is writing the King a ticket for.
Sonny and Cher – His and her Mustang. The Mustangs were customised by none other than self-proclaimed king of customised cars, George Barris.
Bruce Springsteen – Chevrolet Corvette. Bought shortly after the huge success and massive sales of the Born to Run album in 1975. Both iconically American!
Keith Moon – Ferrari Dino 246. This is of course how all of Keith Moon’s cars eventually ended up looking. But bizarrely, it wasn’t Keith who crumbled his Dino. Just a couple of weeks after buying it, he lent the keys to a couple of motorcyclists from his local pub The Golden Grove, and they promptly embedded it into a ditch.
Morrissey – Fiat 850. No doubt Mozza could have afforded better than this somewhat secondhand Fiat…
Bill Wyman – Citroen SM. Both former bass player Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones bought a Citroën SM. While Watts never drove himself but merely collected cars, Wyman enjoyed the futuristic feel of the elegant SM.
Dolly Parton – Cadillac De Villa. While one is the very definition of curvaceous and the other pretty square-cut, they seem to suit each other perfectly nonetheless.
Elton John – Jaguar E-Type. Yet another musician opts for the E-type, though Elton is famous for his vast collection of (mostly British) cars.
Alan Whitehead – Jaguar E-Type. A 22-year-old Alan Whitehead, drummer in Marmalade, seen here with his E-Type 2 + 2 in 1967.
Ginger Baker – Jensen FF. Ginger Baker, drummer in the rockband Cream, here receives the keys to his brand new Jensen FF in 1969. The Jensen FF was of course launched as the world’s first production car with four-wheel drive and ABS brakes as early as 1966.
Keith Moon – AC 428. Yes, another one of Keith Moon’s stunning cars. Hedonist and drummer in The Who shows off his AC 428, his hotrod and not least his famous hovercraft.
Suzi Quatro – Austin Ruby hotrod. A funny choice for an American bass playing female rockstar.
Tony Iommi – Jaguar E-Type. A relatively restrained choice for a founding member of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
Marky Ramone – 1965 Chrysler Imperial. Perhaps the perfect tour car for The Ramones?
Dear ViaRETRO readers, please do continue the list in the comments section below. There are of course multiple other stunning cars which have famously been owned by various rockstars…
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