Audi S8 $119K Today, Kevin Costner is one of Hollywood’s top A-listers. Who can forget his monumental, 7-Oscar-winning American epic Dances with Wolves? And he was just getting started. Now he’s massively successful relishing in all the perks of affluence. But did you know he once had little more than a car? He revealed to Ellen in 2015 that, as a post-college kid trying to make it in Hollywood, he temporarily lived out of his car. This is what it took to land a film career.
His story ends happily ever after, of course, and now Costner drives this luxury 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 Audi S8 and parks it in the garage at his spacious home. As a celeb, Costner has acquired quite a few cars. His collection includes another Audi, the Q7 model he bought for his son, as well as a sleek Mercedes SLS AMG, a decked-out classic 1969 convertible Mustang and a Toyota Tundra.
McLaren F1 £640K Rowan Atkinson made money on his McLaren. He spent £640K on an exceptionally rare, beautiful new 1997 McLaren F1. With a top speed of 240 mph, it was the world’s fastest car for ten years until the Koenigsegg CCR passed it up in 2005. The British comedian a.k.a. Mr. Bean was a very proud owner of one of the only 106 performance machines manufactured by McLaren. But he bade farewell to it in 2015.
Even though Atkinson crashed his deep-hued burgundy baby, not once, but twice, costing about $1.35 million in insurance payments to repair it, he was able to sell it for a significant profit. The insurance claim resulted in the largest insurance payout in the U.K. (Imagining the cost of his next insurance policy is absolutely mind-boggling.) Atkinson calls his F1 the greatest supercar ever made. It zooms 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and contains a V12 627 HP engine. He’ll likely miss the car that holds 41,000 miles of road-trip memories. It sold at auction for £8 million, or $12 million. He won’t miss that insurance premium!
Cadillac XTS $45K Financial markets wizard Warren Buffet has made a cushy career out of boosting profits as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. As an investment prodigy, Buffet started picking stocks at the tender age of 11. Adjusted for inflation, he made an equivalent of $53,000 by the time he turned 16. At 89, his accrued wealth designates him as one of America’s richest people. Not just that, but with an $87 billion net worth, he’s the third-richest person in the world.
The billionaire is known for his philanthropy and frugal lifestyle. He eats breakfast at McDonald’s and opts to use a flip-phone (the original one, not the new version). When it comes to cars, he splurged on this 2015 Cadillac XTS, paying $45,295 for it. To purchase the Caddy, Buffet traded in his eight-year-old Cadillac DTS which had only 19,000 miles on it. It seems the dealership scored a great deal too. He doesn’t drive more than 3,000 miles per year, so a car is a low priority. Besides, his private jet is probably faster.
Ferrari Spyder $272K Stand-up comedian and SNL cast member Tracy Morgan is all smiles. Spotted in his brand-new cherry-red Ferrari with the top down and the tunes flowing, what’s not to love? Ferrari’s 2017 488 Spider hits the jackpot with a 777-horsepower engine. The two-seater supercar was his for $272K. The day Morgan upgraded to a $2 million Bugatti, however, his celebratory grin was swiped right off his face. Proudly navigating his new pearl 16.4 Grand Sport Bugatti Veyron hypercar, one of the fastest 2-door, topless machines on the market off of the Manhattan Motorcars lot, he hadn’t driven a mile before some lady in a Honda CR-V sideswiped him. She was on the phone. Furious, he had a few words with her. She described the encounter as “traumatizing.”
In two seconds, the fender bender wiped $200K off the value of the coveted Bugatti, the car with the distinctively classy front grill that boasts a top speed of 260 mph. But that wasn’t the most traumatizing car crash Morgan suffered. Five years prior to this epic example of bad luck, Morgan was nearly killed as a passenger while commuting with the SNL crew, losing his friend, comedian Jimmy Mack, in the process. Morgan broke every bone in his face and lost the ability to speak and walk. Miraculously, a full-recovery finds him back on TV. He’s starring in his own TBS series, The Last O.G. That is definitely something to celebrate.
Lamborghini Gallardo $200K NASCAR racer Danica Patrick has been racing since she was 10. She’s the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series and, it’s safe to say, she’s the only NASCAR racer who has modeled bikinis for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. After racing high-performance machines built for speed her entire life, it’s not easy to find a vehicle that measures up. Patrick started with a BMW 645 convertible, but by 2007, she was looking for something that could go a little faster. She picked up a Lambo Gallardo for $202K and drove it everywhere. With top speeds of 220 mph and going 0-60 less than three seconds, she wasted no time running errands.
For a few years, the two were inseparable. But then she found it impractical. Her shiny silver supercar had 520 horsepower, but it didn’t have a cup holder. Not only that, it was ridiculously absurd when she went to the airport to pick up her sister. The Gallardo has a trunk the size of a briefcase. Her sister’s luggage? Much larger. She traded the stallion in, and now she sports a Ford Expedition. “Cars are like purses for me, I just need one nice one, and when it wears out, I’ll get a new one,” Danica explained to Joe Rogan at his Experience show.