Add a Celebrity Car to Your Collection
One of the coolest cars that recently hit the auction block was the 1951 Chevy Styleline that was owned by Steve McQueen. The car was sold in Fort Lauderdale in March 2013 for $88,000. The winner of the Chevy Styleline was also able to say that Rick Harrison owned the car from Pawn Stars fame – making the pretty yellow convertible a double-celebrity deal.
Along with owning a car that was previously owned by a celebrity, car collectors can also purchase cars designed by legendary car “kustomizer” Chuck Barris. While most car collectors will never get their hands on the original Batmobile designed by Barris, it is possible to get other lesser-known cars. At the same auction that sold McQueen’s Chevy Styleline, a Barris “kustom” 1966 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty” for $60,000.
When you do decide to start adding celebrity vehicles to your car collection, be sure that you do your homework. If you do buy a celebrity car, you will pay more simply because of the name associated with the car. Be sure you are only dealing with reputable dealers and auctioneers. Be very careful if you buy online. There is nothing wrong with asking for legal documents and notarized paperwork proving that a celebrity owned the car, especially when you hard-earned money is involved.
You can tell if an auction or special sale is reputable by the celebrities that appear. If you see people like Jay Leno, Richard Rawlings, professional athletes or other celebrities and well known “car people” showing up at events, then you are most likely at a quality sale. Always get a close up look at the car you are considering and follow your gut. If you do not think the deal is legitimate, it probably is not.