There's one commonality between Hollywood A-Lister's, platinum-selling recording artists, and sports superstars - their rides get a lot of attention. Some celebrities might choose the practical and tool around town in a modestly priced Toyota Prius. But plenty of household names give the public something to talk about with custom paint jobs, low riders, and classic cars. Quirky characters drive the latest supercars or plug-in rides from bankrupt manufacturers. Take a look under the hood of rides that have pimped out wild accessories gleaming to a shine. From styling wraps to classics, there's a little something for everyone out there, all with a celebrity behind the wheel.
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The rapper, also famous as the host of Pimp My Ride Xzibit, is known for his love of cars and his music. His list of amazing rides has included everything from a Jeep Wrangler to a Bugatti Veyron, but the Lamborghini Gallardo is the prize of his collection. It was the Lambo he raced in the 2007 Gumball 3000 rally, and it was the Lambo he held on to longest when battling financial woes.
Music producers can be just as famous as the stars they produce, and Deadmou5 is no exception with his skill at mixing. This award-winning DJ drove around in a 458 Italia that was noticeably missing the iconic Ferrari badging. Why? Because he wrapped the whole car in Nyan cat art and swapped out the badges and emblems to match. After a legal wrangle with Ferrari, the rainbow colors of the design are a thing of the past, but this was one celeb car that is sure to be remembered.
Justin Bieber may be a young pop star, but he owns an amazing collection of cars. On his 18th birthday, Ellen Degeneres gifted the vocalist with a Fisker Karma. This ride is a plug-in hybrid in a sports car package, but Bieber wasn't satisfied with the factory paint job. He had the entire car wrapped it in chrome for a seriously eye-catching finish. It might be tasteless, but the Fisker Karma makes for one heck of a birthday gift. Go on and send one our way!
At Kobe Bryant's retirement, rapper Snoop Dogg gave him an incredible gift — Snoop's own personal low rider decorated in honor of the L.A. Lakers. The vibrant yellow bodywork contrasts with the purple soft top to match the Laker's team colors. On the hood is a one-of-a-kind mural featuring Snoop Dogg holding the NBA championship trophy and famous Lakers of the past crowding around. It was signed by Shaquille O'Neal and represents a ton of the team's history, making it a worthy gift to a retiring member.
Will.i.am is famous for his music but almost equally famous for his custom rides. The 1958 VW Bug he transformed into what the Morgan Aero 8 wanted to grow up to be, may not be to everyone's taste, but the $900,000 he spent customizing certainly demands respect. West Coast Customs is the team behind the design, and it features an entirely new body look, including an extended front end. From bumper to bumper, there is no other car on the road that matches.
Few more avid car collectors exist than the iconic rapper, Jay-Z. His collection is huge, but one of the most incredible options in the garage might just be the Maybach Exelero. With an $8M price tag, you'd expect it to be a phenomenal car, and it is. The V8 engine delivers 700 horsepower and hits 60 miles per hour after just a smidge over four seconds. It's sleek, powerful, and one of the world's fastest cars — just what you'd expect from one of the world's most successful rappers.
When a pop icon hits the road, they do it in style, and no one has style like Nicki Minaj. She took an aggressive speed demon of a car and gave it a makeover. Rolling up to her clothing line launch in 2013, the car sported a totally matte pink paint job and pink rims. While car lovers everywhere bemoaned the changes, you can't ruin a $400,000 car with paint. Nothing cosmetic ruins a Lambo. They all look good, even in pink.
Soccer superstar, David Beckham, has a collection of amazing rides, but a favorite is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The convertible body lets the former player feel the wind in his hair, and the deep red color is almost unheard of in an Aston Marin. This classic beauty has been lovingly restored to automotive perfection, and it shows in every clean, shiny inch of pristine bodywork and the throaty growl of a perfectly purring engine.
The 69 Chevy Camaro is a heck of a car, and Rob Dyrdek, with more than a little help from All Speed Performance, has created an even better version. The modded model has Drydek's signature matte-black paint on the body and uses racing tires to really pour on the speed. The custom 21-inch red rims match the racing stripes that run down the body for an overall, highly aggressive look. In an already powerful car, an updated look really is all you need for some serious speed.
Kanye West brings his status as a top musician to his ride with a customized Mercedes Stirling Moss. Perhaps the most memorable thing about this car is what it doesn't have. It has no roof and no windshield. Combine that with a 5.5-liter supercharged V8 under the hood, and you have a car that looks amazing, but that you might not want to drive without a helmet. Only 75 of these cars rolled off the production floor.
The Bugatti Veyron is a favorite ride for a ton of celebrities, music producer Simion Cowell included. But, Flo Rida took a car that already tops the list for enthusiasts everywhere and added his own custom flare. The originally pearlescent white car is now a shiny, chrome gold. Metro Wrapz, the company behind the color, also sourced gold-plated wheels from Forgiato to complete the look. Other celebs might roll around in a Veyron, but few are as eye-catching as this over-the-top color choice.
Imagine for a second that you could take your living room, wrap it in a car body, and ride around in it. Well, apparently if you're Dr. Dre, you can. His tricked out version comes complete with reclining chairs, a big screen TV and lap desks, turning the vehicle into a mobile office. It has all the comforts of home, ready, and waiting for when he takes to the road. Of course, there isn't much passenger room, so maybe the doc likes to ride in peace.
When you stand 7'1" tall, you need a ton of clearance in your vehicle. That might explain why Shaq spent so much time on his '64 Impala SS. The top-down driving experience meant no more hunching behind the wheel, and the detailing created a vintage ride that was both beautiful and functional. It has an overall cherry-red body with matching red rims. A premium sound system with a sub in the trunk lets this basketball legend drive in comfort and style.
Anyone can make a Bugatti or a Maybach look good. They start off looking great, so it's just a matter of polishing up what's already there with personal touches. But, T-Pain took something most people wince to see, a Hearse, and turned it into a surprisingly comfortable ride. Inside the car is an actual coffin painted blue to match the exterior. The coffin houses four 19-inch TVs. The eight 12-inch roof speakers let this musical success watch and listen in creepy style.
Nicky Diamonds designed the custom job on this classic 69 El Camino. The car features a shiny black paint job with a diamond-blue racing stripe and matching rims. He even painted the valve covers and air filter to match that diamond-blue accent color. Under the hood is a brand new engine and 3-inch custom exhaust pipe. The headrests have a custom embroidered diamond, making this a top job from bumper to bumper. After all that work, Nicky Diamonds gave the car to a Zumiez employee. That's a pretty sweet gift!
A great car is a great car, no matter what it's wearing. The Lamborghini Aventador is a great car, and Chris Brown designed a wrap job that shows off his hip hop roots — camo. While camo might not be for everyone, this particular wrap comes straight from his own Nike Air Foamposite shoes. Is it a little egotistical to drive around in a car painted to match your shoes? Maybe, but the detail is outstanding, and who wouldn't love to drive a custom Aventador?