Celebrity Cars (Almost) Anyone Can Own
A Ferrari is just a Ferrari, except for when it’s not.
The 1980s Testarossa defines the decade in the the same ways hairspray, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jackson do. It’s an iconic car and graced the walls of young teenagers everywhere. Even with the rich history of the Testarossa, it’s still a relatively inexpensive car, as far as Ferraris go.
For somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000, a savvy shopper can find a classic Ferrari and be the envy of ’80s kids everywhere. Own the Testarossa that Michael Jackson drove, though, and you’ll elevate yourself to legendary status.
At the height of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” era, Pepsi used the superstar in a TV commercial and put him behind the wheel of a one-off custom Testarossa Spider. Top Gear says:
Still, the Convertirossa was good enough to appear alongside the ‘King of Pop’ in a hilariously 80s advert he did for Pepsi called ‘The Chopper’, in which Jacko jumps off a building and hangs onto a helicopter, rappels down into an alleyway, runs a bit, and then leaps into the Testarossa to escape his frankly terrifying fans.
The car will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson‘s auction in Scottsdale next week. There’s no reserve, but I have a feeling standard pricing will not apply.
If Chevy is more your style, how about a 1957 Chevy NAPCO 3100 owned by Tim Allen? It’s no longer for sale, but had you been on top of your game, you could’ve had a super-rare collectible truck. Starting bid was just $200, and you never know when it’ll come back on the market!
Would you pay more to own a car once owned by a celebrity?