Celebrity First Cars: What Was Yours?

Jay Leno and his 1955 Buick Roadmaster

Jay Leno's 1955 Buick Roadmaster

For many of us, our very first love was a car.

Everyone remembers that first love, a special car or truck that is remembered as a ticket to freedom and, possibly, the spark that ignited a lifetime of automotive enthusiasm.

For most, that first car was a rattling heap of junk that is long gone but left plenty of fond memories in its place. For others, the first car has inspired restoration projects meant to simulate the feeling of youth. For a select few, that first car is still in the garage, loved more with each passing year.

My first car was a 1984 Honda Accord. I used the car to chauffeur my friends to and from high school and escort a special girl on a few incredibly memorable dates. The car eventually got run over by a bus, but I’d buy another one today in a heartbeat!

Sometimes it’s fun to reminisce about first cars and compare with others. Check out some first cars owned by celebrities after the jump, then let us know what yours was!

Jay Leno:

According to his website, Jay’s first car was the 1955 Buick Roadmaster pictured above. As the site says,

Not only is it the first car Jay purchased, it was the car he came to California in. On top of that, it was also his apartment on wheels. As a struggling comic in Los Angeles, Jay often slept in the car in alleyways next to comedy clubs.

Today the car has not only been restored, but customized to include a 620-hp GM engine. Sweet!

Mike Rowe:

1978 Ford Mustang II

In an interview with Autoweek, Rowe said his first car was a 1978 Ford Mustang. Believe it or not, he also said he’d buy another one! Being a Ford spokesman must be going to his head. Restoring one sure would be a Dirty Job (I could go on…).

Daniel Radcliffe:

2007 Fiat Grande Punto

When the Harry Potter actor turned 18, he gained access to his multi-million dollar fortune. What car did he buy? A Veyron? A Bentley Mulsanne? Nope. Mr. Radcliffe took the economical route and brought home a 2007 Fiat Grande Punto.

Cheryl Hines:

1975 Dodge Dart Swinger

The Curb Your Enthusiasm hottie spoke with Adam Carrola about her first car: a tan 1975 Dodge Dart Swinger. Carrola, a hot girl and the word “swinger.” You can guess where that interview went…

What was your first car? Do you have fond memories of it?


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  1. First was a very cool 1955 Chevy convertible, red and white two-tone with matching interior.
    Followed up by a ’62 T-bird convertible.
    Next was a ’64 Plymouth Belvedere with a hemi under the hood.

    I must have run with a pretty cool crowd, I helped my best friend build his first ride, a ’58 corvette, and my other friend got a brand new ’68 vette for his first ride. Our other pals

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