The celebrity owners who add most – and least – value to a used car

Celebrity cars that gained value

Cars formerly owned by famous people can sell for much more than examples that don’t have star power on the registration document. From Donald Trump to Madonna – these are the latest car sales that were boosted by their claim to fame.

The numbers come from Vanarama, and separate the sales into four categories: public figures, musicians, actors and sports people. Let’s look at the top 10 climbers overall.

Celebrity cars that appreciated the most

CelebrityCarPercentage value increaseAverage valueCeleb sale figure
Barack ObamaJeep Grand Cherokee1,207 percent£2,940£38,440
MadonnaMini Cooper S (2002)922 percent£5,380£55,000
Frank SinatraRolls-Royce Corniche355 percent£30,940£140,630
David BeckhamPorsche 911 Turbo244 percent£40,640£140,000
Steve McQueenChevrolet 3100 truck227 percent£22,620£73,880
John CenaFord GT212 percent£354,580£1,106190
Ringo StarrMini Cooper S (1966) 202 percent£33,890£102,300
Justin BieberFerrari 458163 percent£128,840£337,300
Donald TrumpFerrari F430151 percent£82,910£207,760
Rowan AtkinsonMercedes-Benz 500E115 percent£33,240£71,300

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These are some impressive numbers. What we can’t help noticing about the top two in particular, is that these are cars near the low-point of their potential value. Without the celebrity affiliation, they’re extremely attainable. As a result, the star power is an extreme asset, which leads to extreme results.

In the case of the Jeep, any other example would be considered an anonymous beater. This one, having been owned by former POTUS Barack Obama, is just shy of a piece of history. As a result, it sold for the equivalent of £38,440 last year. The average price for a Grand Cherokee of the same age and condition is £2,940.

Celebrity cars that gained value

Equally, Madonna’s old Mini would ordinarily be worth around £5,000. Yet it sold for nearly £50,000, or 10 times that amount. 

As for the cars that appreciated the least? A Bentley Continental GT Speed once owned by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo sold for just one percent above its market value.

Similarly a Continental GT Mulliner, formerly the property of Ryan Giggs, only gained four percent, as did a 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 owned by comedian Steve Coogan. In the case of the Aston, it has a star power all its own –and that makes Coogan’s ownership anecdotal, rather than life-changing.

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