What Cars Did Iconic Musicians Buy?

December 19, 2021, a year ago


What Cars Did Iconic Musicians Buy?

Representatives of the rock scene, whose names are still thundering all over the world, were very extravagant not only on stage. Their choice of cars often fell on rare, bright, and very expensive models. We decided to find out what cars iconic musicians of all times and peoples drove.

John Lennon

The musician, author of iconic songs, and one of the Liverpool Four loved unusual cars. Lennon had many interesting examples in his collection, but the most striking is considered a 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. The musician personally ordered to repaint the car in psychedelic colors, which perfectly matched the image of the "hip sixties," the leaders of which were considered the Beatles.

But it was not only the appearance that made the car stand out on the streets of England, its interior was also impressed with its rock 'n' roll. The seats were replaced with a double bed, the interior was equipped with a refrigerator, TV, telephone, and record player. Today, of course, the task of choosing a car for musicians is much easier. The lineup is represented by hundreds of unique brands and models, and moreover, there are many tuning studios that will make any car luxurious. And everyone can try some of them at cheap SUV rental Dubai.

Janis Joplin

The famed American singer Janis Joplin lived a short but colorful life. One of her attributes was a 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet, the appearance of which perfectly matched the rebellious nature of the artist. Joplin, like Lennon, in every way tried to escape the ordinariness and grayness of worldly life, so even her car had its own special style. She entrusted her old friend Dave Richards, who turned the car into a real work of art, to paint her little Porsche. He painted many butterflies and flowers on the hood, a scattering of illustrations from astrology and nature, as well as a portrait of the band in which Janice sang.

In 2015, a Porsche 356C with psychedelic drawings was sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York for nearly $2.5 million.

Jim Morrison

The Doors lead singer drove the endless streets of America in a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 sports car nicknamed "The Blue Lady." It was presented to the musician by Jack Holtzman, president of the music label Elektra Records. This way the businessman congratulated the musician on the sale of a million copies of his debut album.

The car, which cost twice as much as an ordinary Mustang, was the top version from the court tuning studio Shelby. The huge 428 cubic inches V8 engine (7 liters), acceleration to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds made it unique.

Just over 2,000 of these cars were made during the first-generation Ford Mustang, and 47 were made in the 1967 model year. 

The first-year Shelby GT500 featured twin fog lamps in the center of the radiator grid, and Morrison's car, painted dark Nightmist Blue, in addition, had a custom white leather interior while the standard was a black interior.

In the fall of 1969, the car...disappeared. No one has seen it since, and legends have been made about its whereabouts.

Elvis Presley

Pop king Elvis Presley was also called the "King of Cadillacs." There were a great many of them in the musician's car fleet. One of the most famous is considered a 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60. Elvis Presley gave it to his mother. The musician gave the touching gift a gentle name "Gladie", and after repainting the car in pink, renamed it "Elvis rose". Today the singer's fans can see the famous car in the Elvis Presley Museum, which is located in Memphis.

It is worth noting that the idol of the generation gave "Cadillacs" to close friends and acquaintances. He could spend up to two hundred thousand dollars a day on an expensive purchase. During his lifetime, Elvis bought nearly 1,200 cars, most of which were "Cadillacs". A convoy of 60 white Cadillacs saw the musician off to his last trip.


Almost every modern music video is featuring cars. The more expensive they are, the better because musicians' love of luxury is not news to anyone. But among the vast number of artists, there are several dozen who collect cars with a truly childlike passion and spend precious time and incredible amounts of money on them. 

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