The most tacky and ill-conceived celebrity car customizations we've seen.
At this point in human evolution, we can all agree that someone being a celebrity and having millions in the bank doesn't mean they have automatically developed taste and style. The unfortunate reality is that many celebrities now have the money to express their complete lack of taste and atrocious sense of style. And, what better way to do that with a massive budget than with a car? Of course, the answer to that question is with a house, but this is a car website, so we'll cover what we know. These are the worst celebrity-owned cars we've come across over the years.
Owning a Hummer H1 on its own is a red flag that someone is devoid of taste, but Dennis Rodman took the word 'tacky' to a whole new level. The former NBA player is known for being gifted on the basketball court and having an outlandish personality off the court. Unfortunately, his airbrushed Hummer is one of the most cringeworthy vehicles we've seen.
Not only is Rodman represented among the bitumen-style paintwork, but a series of semi and fully naked women in a style that can only be described as objectifying. It's been up for sale a couple of times since Rodman owned the Hummer, and we have trouble imagining that anyone drove this on the road thinking they looked cool. Even in Florida.
We could make this list all of Will.i.Am's (William James Adams Jr.) vehicles, but the real show-stopper is his $900,000 custom-built Dick Tracy-style car. The project started life in 2009 as a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle that the rapper wanted to be fitted with a twin-turbo Porsche flat-six. That would be one cool Bug, but then Adams decided he wanted something futuristic built. So, instead, the Beetle was stretched out, and a supercharged LS3 from Extreme Performance was installed in the front. The creative process was, as you can tell by the final product, a complete mess. Adams changed his mind frequently, and the build took years to complete. When Adams decided we suddenly wanted it finished quickly so he could use it for his appearance at the 2011 Super Bowl, The Garage in Florida said it couldn't be done. Adams then sent it to West Coast Customs, where it remained for another two years while Adams kept changing his mind.
Nicki Minaj has become one of the most influential and best-selling female artists of all time. She's a whirlwind of vocal talent, alter egos, and an outsized personality spiced with outlandish exaggeration. Her favorite color is pink, and her hot pink Lamborghini Aventador was an inevitability. At the time, the Aventador was the car to own if you wanted to show off your wealth, and this one is absolutely and deliberately garish. We debated putting this one on the list as we like that Minaj has completely undermined everything a certain kind of Lamborghini fan celebrates in the brand. However, we're not sure it's that deliberate of an act. Her other pink cars are a Bentley Continental GT that she calls her "Barbie Bentley" and a Range Rover.
Here West Coast Customs makes a second appearance on this list, but it's far from its last. This time the infamous custom house was responsible for wrapping Khloe Kardashian's Range Rover in Black Velvet. If you don't know who Khloe Kardashian is, you're not missing anything, but if you're wondering why anyone would wrap a Range Rover in velvet, she says, "I feel like my car is rocking a Sean John sweat suit." It strikes us as one of those ideas that sounded great right up until it gets dirty and needs a wash. We have no idea how you clean a velvet car. Do automatic car washes have a gentle cycle?
For over 100 years, the Rolls-Royce brand has steadily built itself to be the go-to automaker for elegance, class, and style. Hence, it's utterly baffling why Rolls-Royce handed UFC fighter Conor McGregor the keys to a Ghost to drive around New York ahead of his 2016 fight with Eddie Alvarez, and delivered it plastered with bro' script and pictures of McGregor down the sides. Is there anything more gauche than using a Rolls-Royce as a self-promoting moving billboard? Maybe it helped McGregor get in the mood, though. He TKO'd Alvarez in the second round, making him the first person to simultaneously hold two division titles in the UFC.
JoJo Siwa might be the most insipid celebrity on this list. She's a dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality that came to prominence through a reality TV show called Dance Moms. Some fellow YouTubers gave her a Model X as a gift, complete with a wrap that entirely covered the Model X with images of Siwa's face. She also had a BMW Series 4 that got a lot of coverage, but this one takes the cake. West Coast Customs created this abomination and claimed it is where Nascar meets JoJo Siwa! Fully equipped with rainbow spinners, LED lighting AND official JoJo bow mirrors it is ready for the racetrack."
When Canadian Pop Star Justin Bieber saw a West Coast Customs' futuristically styled Rolls-Royce, he got in touch and asked if he could buy it. The car wasn't for sale, but the California-based company took his money and created a one-off vehicle inspired by the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept. West Coast Customs created custom molds for the body kit and gave it a two-tone gloss silver and matte gray color scheme. It even boasts a professionally tuned audio setup, but we know a little about how Rolls-Royce creates its audio systems and suspect Bieber might have ended up with a downgrade there. In fact, the whole thing is, basically, a downgraded Rolls-Royce Wraith.
"I ain't had no teacher for this... somethings u gotta learn on ya own," typed Chris Brown on Instagram when he showed off his color-changing Lamborghini Huracan. We'll ignore the layers of irony in that statement and instead gaze in wonder at just how tacky this abomination is. Brown had owned the Huracan for years before this wrap was applied, and it was one of the first in the US to have a Liberty Walk body kit fitted. This transformation uses a symmetrical patterned chrome wrap and, depending on the angle it's viewed from, shows different tints of yellow, orange, pink, blue, and purple. Topping off the eyesore is a set of purple headlights.
We know some of you won't be convinced that Chris Brown's chrome Gallardo should be on this list, so we'll include yet another commission from West Coast Customs. It's supposed to be reminiscent of a Hot Wheels car, but the result looks like it should come in a Fisher Price box and be called "My First Lamborghini." Other Chris Brown Lamborghini atrocities include a digital camp wrap based on a pair of Nike sneakers and our final entry to this list.
We don't mean to beat on Chris Brown, but he continues to commit felony-level assaults on automotive design. This one can't be pinned on West Coast Customs. Instead, it's the work of a Georgia-based customizer called Sean Burnley. Originally, Brown wanted a camouflage pattern, but Burnley came up with the idea of the P-51 Mustang style.
We've seen this kind of stylization done with true panache - and usually on a Ford Mustang. That works because the Ford Mustang is an American car, and the name derives from the fighter plane used by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) to significant effect in World War II. That's when the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) insignia with the blue surround was used as displayed on Brown's Gallardo. So, what you're looking at below is a car built by an Italian brand that's owned by a German automaker and is airbrushed to look like an American World War II fighter plane - complete with "kill" marks for shooting down German and Japanese planes.