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 |  May 11 2011, 11:33 AM

Aerosmith front-man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler is known for his big voice and his eclectic fashion sense, and it seems his choice of cars is equally unusual.

Now his old Panoz AIV Roadster (the yellow car in the back ground in the above picture) is up for sale, not by Mr. Tyler, but from the car’s current owner. The ad says it has been signed by Steven Tyler, has a Cobra engine and is “virtually flawless.” It currently has 9,103-miles on it.

The seller, whose name is not mentioned, says he is the star of the movie “The Secret” and that he is the author of the book “The Attractor Factor.”

Well if he is an author, he should take some writing lessons, because the ad is terribly written and the quality of the pictures he provided are horrendous.

The seller also says he wants a minimum of $100,000 for this car, which is much more than this car’s actual market value.

If you’re a serious Steven Tyler fan, maybe this car is for you. We would rather… walk away.

[Source: eBay]

 |  Mar 10 2011, 1:44 PM

If you are a huge fan of the 1980′s British band Duran Duran, then we might have the ultimate fan collectible item for you. No its not some sweaty t-shirt or an autographed poster, but a very rare car.

The car in question is the very rare 1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante, and it was originally ordered by Simon LeBon, the lead singer of Duran Duran.

The Zagato Volante is one of the most collectible cars in the world, and since only 37 were ever made, their prices are likely to only go up with time. Having a previous celebrity owner doesn’t hurt this cars cred either.

This particular car features a 5.3-liter, V8 motor, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and since its birth has covered just 3000-miles. It also comes with a full service history courtesy of Aston Martin, so it probably is one of the nicest examples of this model available anywhere.

So if you have the necessary £99,950 ($162,000) and an old Duran Duran cassette, you can sing along to Rio in a genuine piece of automotive and rock and roll history.

[Source: Nicholas Mee]

 |  Feb 11 2011, 2:10 PM

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made a fortune from a show that was about nothing, and he spent a portion of that fortune buying and collecting cars.

He is widely known for having one of the largest privately owned Porsche collection in the world, but it seems the collection is about to shrink by one.

Seinfeld’s black Carrera GT is now up for sale by Canepa Design in Scott Valley, CA. This 2004 model is showing just 3,176-miles on its odometer and was originally purchased from a dealer in New York, NY. back in March, 2005.

No pricing is quoted  by the dealer, but given the celebrity ownership, it will probably demand a premium price. So if you want to own a car with Hollywood connections, this might just do the trick.


 |  Jul 22 2010, 4:55 PM

After buying his son a Maybach 57S for his 16th birthday, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has handed over the set of keys to another ridiculously expensive car to teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. After being seen rolling around Miami in a murdered-out Ferrari F430 on HRE’s last weekend (photo above), Bieber is now rocking another $200k plus whip: Diddy’s personal Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

Diddy, who justified buying his kid a Maybach on Nightline by saying, “I think it’s appropriate to give my kids whatever I want.” Has a valid point. All these kids are going to be screwed up drug addicts by the time they are 25, so they may as well enjoy driving around before they figure out what blow is.

We don’t know if Diddy gave JB the car, or if he’s just borrowing it, but we do know this: sources inside MTV tell us that approximately 1/3 of the cars on “My Super Sweet 16″ were just props for the show, and not actual gifts to the kids, including an S-Class Benz, a Lamborghini, and a Maserati.

Let’s just hope Diddy has some extra cash to drop on some car-control courses, so the ‘Biebs doesn’t end up wrapped around a telephone pole.

[Source: USAToday]

 |  Jul 19 2010, 5:24 PM

Peter North is best known for…well, we’ll let you figure that out on your own. Suffice to say, this guy is well known for a reason, and his career in adult films has given him sufficient fame and fortune to enjoy life, and build a pretty well done Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo.

North’s 300ZX was worked on by famed Nissan tuner Stillen, and the car features some choice upgrades like ball-bearing HKS turbochargers, a re-built engine with forged rods and pistons, a ported and polished head (*cue childish snickers at the words “rod”, “polished”, and head*), Volk Racing wheels and a built automatic transmission capable of handling 800 horsepower. The car makes 518 horsepower at the wheels with 22 psi of boost. While the engine only has 15,000 miles on it, the car has around 212,000, but we have to say it looks incredibly clean for the amount of use it’s gotten.

Bidding for the car is currently at $6,600 with 5 days left. You can check out North’s 300ZX here.

 |  Jun 17 2010, 1:38 PM

Shaquille O’Neal is undoubtedly one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but his acting and music careers have not been so spectacular, with the athlete being nominated for a Razzie Award for “Worst Actor”. Shaq also has an interest in custom cars, but we’ll let you be the judge of this example, a Ferrari 456, that popped up for sale on Ebay.

Thankfully devoid of Shaq’s signature “Superman” motif, this Ferrari 456 was given some choice modifications to enable the 7’1″ O’Neal to ride in the car. The rear seats were removed to make room for a longer seat rail, so that O’Neal could achieve a driving position that was somewhat comfortable. A custom removable glass roof, something not previously available on a Ferrari 456, was also installed to give Shaq some more interior room.

For just under $39,000, it’s one of the cheapest modern Ferraris out there, but it’s also automatic and has some modifications that purist types would likely wretch at.  But you get the provenance of owning Shaq’s old car, and one of the world’s only custom 456s.

[Source: Jalopnik]