Once celebrities hit it big, they typically spend their newfound wealth on three main things: mansions, jewelry, and cars. A-listers like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld are as famous for their car collections as they are for their jokes, but what about those famous faces who haven’t been so lucky behind the wheel?
Here are four celebrities who may be regretting their decision to spend a lot of money on a luxury vehicle.
Comedian Tracy Morgan first made a name for himself in saturday night live before further increasing his bank account by playing a marked version of himself in 30 Rock. No one was kidding, though, when Morgan wrecked his Bugatti Veyron just two hours after buying it. The hilarious actor used some of the money from his Walmart lawsuit settlement on the $2 million vehicle only to be caught later that day by a woman driving an SUV.
The infamous Mr. Bean may have toiled away in a little lime green Mini Cooper on TV, but in real life, the actor behind the quirky bachelor prefers something with a little more pizzazz. In 1997, actor Rowan Atkinson shelled out over £500,000 for a rare McLaren F1 only to rear-end someone, repair the car, and wreck it again 12 years later. The first accident was a mere fender bender, but the second resulted in repairs that took over a year to complete, and Atkinson ended up selling the repaired vehicle to another collector for £8m.
Once a celebrity buys a luxury car, they can pretty much do whatever they want, right? Not necessarily. It turns out that the people at Ferrari are so protective of their brand that they will go after owners who tweak their cars and infringe on the brand. That’s what happened to famed DJ, Deadmau5, who received a cease and desist letter from the car company after wrapping his Ferrari 458 Spider in a custom design and renaming his vehicle Purrari.
Lawyers demanded that the wrapper be removed, but rumor has it that the well-known producer sold his brightly colored creation as-is.
The man behind the iconic Tesla brand makes a living making electric cars, but it was an old-school McLaren F1 that got Elon Musk in trouble. Musk crashed his luxury car and immediately started laughing, telling viewers that he was unable to secure the expensive trip. Oops.
He may be a successful rapper, but Tyga’s profile was raised after he had an affair with then-underage Kylie Jenner while she was coming of age on her family’s reality show. Tyga later received even more criticism for failing to meet a number of financial obligations, including breaching leases on several supercars. He had at least two cars repossessed for nonpayment, with Rolls-Royce repossessing the Ghost from him and Tyga also forced to say goodbye to his prized 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider.