Vin Diesel’s Car Collection Is Truly Incredible
On the big screen, Vin Diesel is most famous for playing criminal-turned-racer Dominic Toretto in the hit “Fast & Furious” movie franchise.
Born in California and raised in New York, Diesel’s childhood had little in common with his on-screen character, apart from one thing: his penchant for getting into trouble.
When he was just seven years old, Diesel reportedly got caught breaking into the local theater, but rather than report him, the theater’s director gave him a chance.
According to Diesel, she said, “If you guys want to play here, come every day at four o’clock and learn your lines” (via CNN).
From there, Diesel quickly developed a talent for acting, eventually starring in a number of small films including “Multi-Facial,” which ended up being shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
It was there that Diesel caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who offered him a role in his upcoming movie, “Saving Private Ryan.”
Since then, he’s starred in a number of big-budget blockbusters, including “The Fast & The Furious,” the 2001 movie that kick-started the now-iconic franchise. He’s starred in every “Fast & Furious” film since, netting himself millions of dollars in the process.
What is Vin Diesel’s net worth?
Vin Diesel is one of the highest-paid celebrities in Hollywood, with Forbes estimating he earned $54 million in 2020. His income is primarily from his acting roles, but also he’s more of a business magnate than many people might expect.
Diesel reportedly owns a video game company, the rights to the “xXx” franchise (which he also starred in), and as of 2020, has released a handful of singles made in collaboration with EDM musician Kygo.
It’s fair to say that he’s keen on keeping himself busy even when he’s not filming for the big screen, but all those side ventures have considerably boosted his overall net worth.
Diesel is generally quite private when it comes to his personal wealth, but most estimates put his net worth somewhere around the $225 million mark (via Celebrity Net Worth).
This makes sense given his high yearly income, his businesses, and his properties, both in America and abroad (via Parade). In addition, he’s also reported to own a sizable car collection, although very little is known about how many cars he owns overall.
However, even the dozen or so cars that Diesel has been confirmed to own are enough to turn most petrolheads green with envy.
Chevrolet Chevelle SS ’70
Vin Diesel’s self-professed favorite car is a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which featured in the last scene of the original “Fast & Furious” movie, 2001’s The Fast & the Furious” (via autoevolution).
With its huge 454-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) V8 engine, the Chevelle SS was advertised as producing 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque in its stock form.
Its 0-60 mph time stood at a fraction over 5 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world upon its release, according to Auto Express.
Few Japanese cars are quite as iconic as the Mazda RX-7, which became a hit with tuners and street racers across the globe after the FD generation car debuted in 1993 (via MotorTrend).
The car’s unique rotary engine ensured it had an exhaust note that was unlike anything else on the market, and its innovative twin-turbo setup meant there was virtually zero turbo lag.
When it was launched in America, it caused a stir, winning MotorTrend’s “Import Car of the Year” award in 1993. This was backed up by an initial surge of buyer interest, but that interest quickly faded in the years following the car’s reveal.
Dodge Charger ’70 Tantrum
A classic Dodge Charger is already a highly desirable collector’s car, but Vin Diesel’s isn’t any old Charger. It was gifted to him for his 52nd birthday by the production crew of “Fast & Furious 9,” and it was custom-built by SpeedKore Performance with a twin-turbo, 9.0-liter Mercury Marine Racing engine under the hood.
It’s capable of churning out 1,650 horsepower, yet it features a six-speed manual transmission (via Carscoops). Calling it a tire shredder would be an understatement.
BMW M5 E60
Much of Diesel’s collection is composed of muscle cars or Japanese tuner icons, but it turns out the actor is also a fan of German super sedans (via GQ).
The E60 generation BMW M5 featured a naturally aspirated S85 V10 engine that made 500 horsepower and propelled the car from 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds, making it one of the quickest four-door vehicles of its time (via Ultimate Specs).
It might have been rapid, but it also kept the family-friendly practicality that made the regular 5 Series a bestseller, including a spacious trunk and room to seat five adults.
Plymouth Road Runner ’70
The Plymouth Road Runner is one of the most commonly-seen cars in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, usually being driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto. It turns out he’s as big a fan of the car in real life as he is in the movies, with a ’70 model in his personal collection (via Motorious).
The car has been described as a “no-nonsense muscle car,” with an emphasis on keeping things simple and focusing on pure performance at an affordable price.
The 1970 model year car was largely unchanged since the Road Runner’s introduction in 1968, with a V8 engine that produced 335 horsepower (via Hemmings).
A Japanese icon that was popularized in part by the “Fast & Furious” franchise, the MkIV Toyota Supra has rapidly become one of the most collectible (and expensive) cars of its era.
The price record for mint-condition examples seems to keep increasing with every auction sale, and at the time of writing, it stands at $265,000 for a non-movie car.
However, the record for the most expensive Supra ever is held by one of the stunt cars used by Paul Walker to film “The Fast & The Furious,” the first installment in the now-veteran franchise. It sold for $550,000 in 2021, at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas (via Top Gear).
Pontiac Bonneville ’66
In 1966, the muscle car craze was in full swing, and manufacturers were competing with each other to see who could build the biggest, most outlandish land yacht.
The Pontiac Bonneville was a strong contender for the crown, being the biggest offering from GM’s performance-oriented division. Much like the ’65 model, the ’66 featured a 389-cubic-inch V-8 engine that made 333 horsepower and was mated to either a four-speed manual, or three-speed automatic transmission (via Hagerty).
Land Rover Range Rover
It might not be the fastest or rarest car in his collection, but for driving his kids around and doing the grocery run, Diesel relies on a fairly unremarkable Range Rover (via autoevolution).
The British SUV has built up a rock-solid reputation for high build quality and excellent driving dynamics over the years, although the same can’t be said about its reputation for reliability.
Even so, it has remained the car of choice for celebrities around the world, with even the late Queen Elizabeth choosing to drive one on her private estate.
Dodge Charger Daytona ’69
The Dodge Charger Daytona is one of the most revered muscle cars of its era, and it made a brief appearance in “Fast & Furious 6.” Diesel reportedly owns one in real life, and it’s one of the most valuable vehicles in his collection (via Motorious).
The Daytona shot to fame for being exceptionally fast in NASCAR, winning six races outright between 1969 and 1970. Seeing its success, NASCAR quickly moved to ban features like nose cones and oversized rear wings, bringing an abrupt end to the Daytona’s competition career (via MotorTrend).
Despite its roots as a humble delivery van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has become a sleeper hit among celebrities, with high-profile owners ranging from Justin Bieber to Will Smith.
Diesel’s Sprinter wasn’t originally his at all. In fact, it was kitted out by his friend and co-star, Tyrese Gibson. It’s far from standard, as Gibson explained in a video that he wanted a Rolls-Royce in van form, and since the British automaker wasn’t too keen on making one for him, he thought he’d build it himself.
The finished product was converted by an aftermarket company called VanMasters, and it features a Spirit of Ecstasy on the front in honor of its biggest inspiration.
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