5 Celebrities Who (Not So Surprisingly) Love Porsche Sports Cars
In 1931, Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche brand, but back then the company didn’t build or sell any of its own vehicles, but instead developed automobiles for other manufactures such as Volkswagen. In fact, Ferdinand Porsche has been credited with designing the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, but things changed in 1948 when Ferdinand Porsche and his son, Ferry, introduced the 356 sports car. Ever since then, the Porsche brand has been famous for producing some of the most popular sports cars and racecars around the world. Because of Porsche’s reputation for creating exciting, yet expensive driver’s cars, many celebrities have gravitated towards Porsche. Below are just five stars who’ve shared their fondness of Porsche sports cars via their official Instagram accounts…
American business magazine Forbes reported that Ellen DeGeneres earned approximately $75 million in 2016 alone. Most of her money comes from hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but she also pulled in dough for her role in Find Dory and for a being a CoverGirl spokesperson. With that type of loot, the 59-year-old comedian can practically buy any car she wants, whenever she wants. Even though the bright yellow Porsche 911 she shared a picture of on Instagram (pictured above) might not be hers, it is known that she owns a Porsche Targa 4S and Porsche 993. Heck, her wife is even named Portia, which may or may not be a coincidence.
Rap star Yo Gotti is best known for hit songs like “5 Star,” “Act Right,” and “Down in the DM,” but he’s also famous for his collection of all-white automobiles. In an interview with Dub Magazine back in 2013, the rapper explained that he got all of his vehicles painted white at the same time other artists were getting theirs done in all black, just to be different. Some of the cars in Gotti’s collection include a Porsche Panamera, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Porsche 911, and Jeep Wrangler. The Memphis rapper also shared a picture via Instagram of himself driving a 1957 Porsche Speedsteer, which is a very sought-after car by Porsche collectors.
At one point, entertainer Jerry Seinfeld owned as many as 47 Porsche sports cars. However, the comedian auctioned away 17 of them last year through Gooding & Company. Seinfeld reportedly earned more than $22 million by selling those 17 vehicles, which only adds to his reported net worth of more than $800 million. While Seinfeld did sell quite a few classics, such as his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder and 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, the funny man does still have a larger number of Porsches in his garage. Some of the most notable Porsche vehicles owned by Seinfeld include the first 911 ever produced, a Porsche Carrera GT supercar, a silver Porsche 959, and the ’68 911 T/R pictured above.
In case you didn’t already know, comedian Adam Carolla is the host of a podcast that’s creatively titled The Adam Carolla Show, which just so happened to set the Guinness World Record as the “most downloaded podcast” back in 2011. Thanks to that success, Carolla has amassed a rather sizeable collection of classic cars, which took a hit last year due to a big investment. Because Carolla spent $4.4 million to buy Paul Newman’s Le Mans Porsche 935 racecar at an auction in Pebble Beach, he was forced to sell five of his Lamborghinis to make room for the historic Porsche. What’s more, Carolla made the surprising announcement that he plans to drive the legendary Porsche at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Fans of the History Channel show American Pickers know that Mike Wolfe has a passion for traveling across the United States, searching for antiques and other collectibles that he can sell at his Antique Archaeology stores. Over the years, Wolfe and his co-host Frank Fritz have successfully “picked” a number of antique automobiles, including a 1935 Auburn Phaeton 653, a 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood, and a 1960s Dodge A-100 custom van. However, one classic car that Wolfe decided not to sell in his Porsche 356 Coupe. Rather than restoring this classic Porsche, Wolfe kept it as original as possible and even drives the vehicle through the countryside when he isn’t busy filming.
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