It’s hard to resist a Porsche, but these folks we’re going to talk about today love these cars so much they’re investing good money in museum-worthy collections. Should the proverbial number two ever hit the fan, they could always take solace in these impressive, million-dollar collections any car enthusiast would give an arm (and a leg!) to have.
Since September is autoevolution’s Porsche Month, let’s have a look at the celebrities who have made millions off their work and are choosing to spend a good chunk of that money on the rarest and most impressive Porsches around.
Jay LenoYou can’t possibly speak of any marque or of celebrity collectors in general and not make a mention of Jay Leno. The comedian, TV personality and consummate car person has one of the largest private car collections in the world, turning this passion into a second job after his retirement from the entertainment industry.
Today, Leno is a well-respected personality in the field and, as you must know, has his own car-themed show that he hosts out of his garage and restoration shop. His collection is believed to include nearly 300 vehicles, of which more than half are cars. He likes new and fast models, but he has a soft spot for the the odd and the classics – including Porsches.
Patrick DempseyFor ever known to non-car enthusiasts as Dr. McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is one of the best-known Porsche collectors in the world. Legend has it he bought his first Porsche – and his first car – a 1963 Porsche 356 off the street, with his first acting check. From that moment on, he was hooked and he continued spending his acting cash on adding to his ever-growing collection.
But Dempsey isn’t just a collector: he also raced for Porsche at Le Mans (much like Michael Fassbender is doing these days), so he owns both street cars from the marque and race cars. His collection includes a slew 911 models like the Turbo, the Targa and the GT3 RS. He owns other cars as well, and once said his worst car was a Ferrari Daytona.
Jerry SeinfeldSeinfeld is another non-surprising feature on this list: together with Leno, he is often referred to as one of the biggest celebrity car collectors around. What sets him apart from Leno, though, is the fact that a big chunk of his collection is dedicated to Porsche.
Unconfirmed figures circulated online along the years note that the collection counts on some 150 cars, of which a third are Porsches. These include the firs and last air-cooled 911s produced, 10 Boxsters each painted a different color, various 911s, a one-of-337 Porsche 959, and a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder identical to the one in which James Dean died.
That lot included the 1973 Porsche 917 Cam-Am Spyder race car, a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK and a 1958 Porsche Type 597 military vehicle. A 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster sold on that occasion was later at the center of a lawsuit against the actor, on claims that he knowingly sold a fake. In response, Seinfeld sued the original seller, saying he never checked the car’s authenticity and took the seller at their word.
Notable mentionsThis list, though short (and by no means exhaustive), is impressive as is. After all, not everyone can hang out in such select company as Seinfeld and Leno. That said, two other Porsche collectors deserve notable mentions.
Perhaps the most surprising is Ellen DeGeneres. The comedian and TV host might not look like your average Porsche nut, but she’s been loyal to the brand for a very, very long time. She might not be a “collector” in the true sense, but she does love her Porsches, being seen at the wheel of a variety of models, like the 993, 997 Carrera, 4S, GTS, Turbo S and Cayenne.