Pimp, don’t scrimp

Wealth and taste don’t al­ways go to­gether, writes Mark Hinchliffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

1 Si­mon Cow­ell — Bu­gatti Vey­ron These cost about $2 mil­lion and are among the fastest pro­duc­tion cars on the planet with a top speed of 431km/h, launch­ing to 100km/h from rest in 2.5 sec­onds. The TV ‘‘ tal­ent show’’ judge has a good eye for a car and his garage also houses a Fer­rari F430 and Rolls-royce Phan­tom. He’s paid a de­posit for the Rolls-royce 100EX Cabri­o­let. 2 Jay Leno — Due­sen­bergs One of the world’s most ex­pen­sive cars and most sought af­ter by Hol­ly­wood leg­ends over the years is the US lux­ury brand Due­sen­berg. Big­jawed talk show host Leno has one of the big­gest sta­bles of ex­otic cars in the world, in­clud­ing six Deusen­bergs, each worth more than $1.5 mil­lion. 3 David Beck­ham — Cus­tom Rolls-royce Phan­tom Drop­head The V12-pow­ered Roller is worth about $1.3 mil­lion in ‘‘ stan­dard’’ trim. There is noth­ing un­der­stated about this Roller for the world’s most over- rated foot­baller. His shirt num­ber, 23, is em­broi­dered on to the leather seats. 4 Jerry Se­in­feld — Porsche 959 The comic built a $1.4 mil­lion mul­ti­storey garage to house his 46-car col­lec­tion, mostly Porsches. The most ex­pen­sive is his rare 959, of which 337 were built and only 200 of those were street le­gal. Bill Gates has one, too. 5 Jay Z and Bey­once — May­bach Ex­elero Rap­per Shawn Corey Carter (Jay Z) and Bey­once Knowles paid about $8 mil­lion for this one-off lux­ury car. May­bach is build­ing the Bat­mo­bile-es­que cars for gen­eral sale. The 350km/h two-seaters are pow­ered by a 522kw twin-turbo V12. The Ex­elero fea­tures in Jay Z’s Lost One video.

Rich pick­ings: (Clock­wise from top left) Se­in­feld and Porsche; Becks and Roller; Cow­ell and Bu­gatti; Lauren and Fer­rari.

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