Friday, March 11, 2016

Rock Stars Cars – 23 Awesome Pictures of Music Stars With Their Cool Motors

Moneyed musicians and expensive cars go together like turntables and vinyl. Some, such as Pete Townshend of the Who, claim to have spent five years saving up for their dream machine — a Mercedes S 600 Pullman, in Townshend’s case...

1. Freddie Mercury - Studebaker Champion

Freddie gets first prize in the Rock Stars Cars' product placement competition as he makes himself comfortable on this 1950 Studebaker Champion.

2. George Harrison - Aston Martin DB5

George Harrison’s lust for speed began in childhood when he would doodle guitars and cars in class; he was able to slake his lifelong passion for driving with a variety of exotic wheels on the road and occasionally on the track.

3. Janis Joplin - Porsche 365

Janis Joplin’s Porsche 365 is on display in all its garish 60s glory, but you can’t blame poor Janis – her roadie, Dave Roberts, reportedly had the car painted “to resemble a pile of Jimi Hendrix’s vomit.” It was stolen a year after the paint job, painted grey, recovered, restored and is currently valued at $400,000.

4. Jeff Beck - Ford Deuce Coupe

Jeff Beck is an avid collector of vehicles. His favorites are the classic Deuce Coupes and 1932 Ford Roadsters. He also has a 1932 three-window Ford coupe, which he copied from the car used in the classic movie called American Graffiti. He set out to create an exact replica after losing out in an auction to buy the original one. He still also has the 1963 split-window Corvette Stingray that he bought during the heydays of The Yardbirds.

5. Miles Davis - Lamborghini Miura

Miles Davis rolled in a Lamborghini Miura and famously broke both his ankles while totaling it in 1972. You can’t keep a jazz legend down, though, and when Davis was released from the hospital after a lengthy stay, one of the first orders of business was to buy another Lambo.

6. Johnny Cash - Cadillac ('49 - '70)

This Frankenstein's monster of a Cadillac was built to promote Johnny Cash's song "One Piece at a Time." The song's about an assembly-line worker who steals a Cadillac by taking one piece at a time home in his lunchbox. Nashville mechanic Bruce Fitzpatrick (far right) constructed the car from Cadillac parts, using the song as a manual.

7. Bryan Ferry - Messerschmitt KR200

A young Mr Ferry looked suitably louche in his Messerschmitt KR200. A hard one to carry off and maybe not the safest for modern roads but it’s a great choice of wheels and has bags of charm.

8. Dave Clark - Jaguar E-Type

The E-Type was the car of choice for 60s hit parade regulars The Dave Clark Five, or at least it was for Dave.

9. Elvis Presley - Cadillac Eldorado Seville

He's just popped into town to get his hair cut at Jim's Barber Shop, Memphis, and a cop appears to write him out a ticket for his new white Cadillac. It's unknown whether he's tucking a bribe into the officer's pocket or just crossing his fingers.

10. Sonny and Cher - Mustangs

Created to reflect the personalities of husband and wife singing duo Sonny Bono and Cher, this pair of 1966 Mustangs came in two different sizes. As a publicity stunt, it must have been an expensive one.

11. Bruce Springsteen - Chevrolet Corvette

Acquired on the back of a ton of sales for his 'Born to Run' album in 1975, Burce's 1960 Chevrolet Corvette is parked on Colonial Avenue, Haddonfield, New Jersey.

12. Keith Richards - Ferrari Dino 246

This is, of course, what all of Keith Moon's cars ended up looking like, but bizarrely it wasn't Keith who totalled his Ferrari Dino just a few weeks after he bought it. He lent it to a couple of bikers at his local pub, The Golden Grove in Chertsey, to take it for a spin, only for them to crash it into a roadworks ditch.

13. Morrissey - Fiat 500

His Fiat 500 is the slightly larger "estate" model known as the 'Giardiniera', produced between 1960 and 1975 (and possibly also the name of Mozza's favourite pizza).

14. Bill Wyman - Citroen SM

It looks more suited to a Jetson than a rock star, but two Rolling Stones have purchased Citroen SMs. Although he doesn’t drive, drummer Charlie Watts had one added to his collection and former bass player Bill Wyman (pictured) loves its retro-futurist feel.

15. Dolly Parton - Cadillac De Villa

A smouldering Dolly Parton packs a few frocks and a trunk full of guitars ready for another tour. Her 1997 Cadillac d'Elegance was a favourite and is now on display, complete with autographed arm rests, at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

16. Elton John - Jaguar E-Type

In the drive of his home in Old Windsor, Elton John creates his very own traffic jam. His Jaguar E-type gets pole position, with its personalised number plate representing 'OK Elton'. 

17. Alan Whitehead - Jaguar E-Type

A 22-year-old Alan Whitehead, the former drummer for Marmalade, is seen here with his E Type 2+2 in 1967.

18. Ginger Baker - Jensen FF

Ginger Baker, the drummer for the rock band Cream, is presented with the keys to his new Jensen FF in 1969. The Jensen FF, launched in 1966, is the world’s first production four-wheel drive car with anti-skid brakes.

19. Keith Moon - AC 428

Keith Moon showing off his hot rod, his AC 428 and his infamous hovercraft.

20. Suzi Quatro - Austin Ruby

Suzi Quatro opens the Custom Car Festival in 1982 as she rides in a V8 Supercharged Austin Ruby.

21. Dave Clark - Jaguar E-Type

Dave Clark, of The Dave Clark Five, is seen here with his white E Type on the set of "Catch Us If You Can" in 1965.

22. Tony Iommi - Jaguar E-Type

Tony Iommi also had 3 E Types and found them to be an exhilarating drive.

23. Marky Ramone - 1965 Chrysler Imperial

Marky Ramone, formerly of the band the Ramones, is seen with the 1965 Chrysler Imperial "Green Hornet" from the U.S. TV series. Ramone restored the car himself.

(via Rock Stars Cars)

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