One upon a time no self-respecting celebrity would be seen arriving at a red carpet event in anything but a limousine, and many of the most successful stars even owned their own limo.
While there are still plenty of limousines pulling up at the Oscars and movie premieres, many celebrities now choose to make their mark by driving to red carpet events in luxury cars that are much more eye-catching and much, much more expensive than limousines.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a scene when he struggled to get his wrestler frame out of the Pagani Huayra he drove to the Season Two premiere of his TV show, Ballers, while in 2017 several environmentally-friendly celebrities arrived at the ceremony in an electric Tesla Model S.
15. Limos: Kim and Kanye
Some 21st century celebrities still appreciate the classic and timeless glamour of a limousine, including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West who love nothing more than making an entrance with a limo. Other members of the Kardashian family are also fans of limousines, with Kourtney even hiring a stretch SUV just to take her niece out for breakfast.
14. Limos: John Lennon
John Lennon owned one of the most iconic and colorful limousines of all time. Underneath the psychedelic artwork, Lennon’s limo was a 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Touring Limousine which was “Valentine Black” when it was delivered new to the Beatles singer. The exterior was decorated by artist Steve Weaver, and Lennon made his own custom modifications to the interior too.
13. Limos: Paris Hilton
As the heiress to the Hilton fortune, socialite Paris Hilton has been used to riding in limousines her whole life. Although party girl Paris has settled down in recent years, at the height of her fame she and her friends were often snapped by the paparazzi falling in and out of limousines having had a little too much to drink.
12. Limos: Nicki Minaj
Rapper Nicki Minaj is another woman with a larger than life personality, and a passion for the good things in life. It is hardly surprising, then, that she loves to arrive at the red carpet in a limousine. Minaj was even photographed dancing on the roof of her limousine just before she boarded a private jet for a flight to Miami.
11. Limos: Elvis Presley
As one of the most iconic stars of all time, Elvis Presley also had an iconic collection of limousines to match. The King bought his first limo in 1954; a Fleetwood Limousine that was destroyed when he used it to move animals around the grounds of Graceland. Presley soon replaced it with a 1958 Cadillac and a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V.
10. Luxury Cars: Flo Rida
While plenty of stars still like to hire a limousine for the big celebrity events, many now prefer to luxury cars on a day to day basis, rather than the unwieldy and old-fashioned limo. Rappers are well known for their extravagant lifestyles, and Flo Rida certainly lives up to that with his gold chrome million-dollar Bugatti Veyron.
9. Luxury Cars: Steven Tyler
Today’s rock stars also prefer sporty luxury cars to the formality of establishment cars like limousines. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler once owned the very first Hennessey Venom GT Spyder ever made, the world’s fastest convertible when it was launched in 2016. Tyler later sold the vehicle to raise money for charity, but he still loves his fast cars.
8. Luxury Cars: Jay-Z
Rapper Jay-Z has an astonishing collection of luxury cars, worth millions of dollars. His wife Beyoncé seems to support his passion for high-end automobiles, as she bought Jay-Z a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport for his birthday, while the rapper even got the chance to drive the one-off Maybach Exelero concept car in the video for his song Lost Ones.
7. Luxury Cars: Kendall And Kylie Jenner
The whole Kardashian family love their cars, and regularly buy each other sporty and expensive vehicles for birthdays and Christmas. Even the younger members of the Kardashian clan, like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, have inherited this automobile obsession, with the girls driving modified Range Rovers, vintage muscle cars and Italian sports cars.
6. Luxury Cars: David Beckham
British soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, better known as Posh Spice to many, have reinvented themselves as LA celebrities, and have made sure they have the car collection to match. Beckham is known for his impeccable sense of style, and his Lamborghini Gallardo, Rolls Royce convertible and Jaguar XJ certainly match the panache of out his outfits.
5. Luxury Cars: P Diddy
Sean “P Diddy” Combs is another star from the world of rap music who just loves to spend his cash on luxury cars. The producer and performer has an extensive collection of high-end vehicles in his garage that he prefers to limousines, including a luxury Maybach 57 and a red and white 1958 Corvette that is his pride and joy.
4. Luxury Cars: Jay Leno
Chat show host Jay Leno is also known as a passionate automobile aficionado, with one of the most historically significant car collections in the world. As well as some quirky vintage vehicles, like the steam-powered Stanley Steamer, Leno also owns some modern classics, including a 1994 McLaren F1 and a 2014 McLaren P1.
3. Luxury Cars: 50 Cent
Rapper 50 Cent has had some financial troubles in recent years, mostly caused by his wild spending habits on clothes, cribs and very expensive cars. It seems that he hasn’t learned his lesson either, as the music star reportedly bought himself a $3m Bugatti Chiron for Christmas in 2019, to add to his extensive collection.
2. Luxury Cars: Simon Cowell
TV star and impresario Simon Cowell has made his name as the hard-hitting judge on American Idol and America’s Got Talent – and being mean to wannabe stars is obviously a lucrative line of work if his luxury car collection is anything to go by. Cowell used to drive a Bugatti Veyron, which he was forced to sell when he became a father.
1. Luxury Cars: Beyoncé
Jay-Z may have an impressive car collection, but he isn’t the only member of the Carter household with a passion for all things automotive. His wife Beyoncé also has her own collection of stylish luxury cars, including a mint condition 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II convertible, which was a 25th birthday gift from her husband-to-be.
Sources: ABC News, Fast Company, Motor Authority, Teen Vogue