We’d trade places with most of these people. Most.
Every week, CarBuzz is highlighting the most talked-about celebrity car moments. Some of the wealthiest people in the world made the list, so they have more than enough money to support their exotic car habits. Here, we’re counting down what caught the most attention this week. Some of these stars periodically appear on CarBuzz, but there are also a few new faces this time around. There were also a surprising number of celebrity news stories this week about cars going up for sale or to auction.
The 38-year-old professional boxer known by nicknames “Pretty Boy,” “Money,” and “TBE [The Best Ever]” is going to have one of his Ferrari Enzos go up for auction again. That’s right, Floyd Mayweather, one of the celebrities who has caused the most controversy ever seen in our comments sections, is again parting with this specific ultra-rare Ferrari. It’s going to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s in New York on December 10. When we first published the story, numerous CarBuzz readers raised the question “Is he going broke?” We don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble here, but if Celebritynetworth has anything to say about it, this polarizing boxer’s net worth is still $400 million. Many will no doubt find this saddening.
From what we’ve seen this week, it looks like three time Emmy Award winner James J. Gandolfini let his vehicles stick around a lot longer than Nick Cage. The actor who will forever be associated with his role as Tony Soprano owned two identical Cadillac Escalades that were both featured in “The Sopranos.” They are both from the model year 2003, and if you can get past the lackluster automotive design of that era, one of the cars can be had for a bargain. In the past week, we have learned that i's heading to RR Auctions on November 19 and estimated to fetch somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000.
It’s hard for us to imagine the joy of being able to drive a six-speed manual transmission Ferrari every day, but that’s exactly what actor Nicholas Cage was able to do. Earlier this week, we found out that his former red Ferrari 599 GTB is being sold again by the second owner (Cage was the first). He got bored of it a few years ago, which is hard to understand given that the Ferrari has a 6.0-liter V12 that puts down a vicious 611 hp stock. Only 20 of these manual 599 GTBs ever even made it into the United States, so it’s not surprising that the miles have still been kept relatively low on the odometer at 17,187. OK, so maybe it wasn't Cage's DD. You might be able to get your hands on this one if you’re willing to part with a cool $600,000.
In this specific case, the money and fame haven’t changed Luda’s preferences at all. He stuck with his 1993 Acura legend until he got in an accident with 280,000 miles on the odometer. That’s a pretty damn humble choice of car for someone with as much cash as Ludacris. Acura was so impressed by his dedication to the vehicle that it insisted on completely restoring it last week. Acura put this on display at SEMA beside a 2016 ILX of a similar color.
There’s been a good deal of controversy ever since Clarkson announced he’d be doing a new Amazon-sponsored show with Hammond and May by his side, as some feel that nothing will be able to replace the original "Top Gear." Others argue that with the same celebrity gearheads to host it, the show couldn’t be anything but amazing. That remains to be seen. In this conversation from last week, the supercar-hooning trio reflects on how over the past seven or so years, they’ve done shows in 32 cities 19 countries. Topping this list in terms of views, this piece had some interesting insights, including a story about the time they destroyed a virtually “priceless” Audi Le Mans car.