Even though we have fun at the expense of the rich and famous, we’d never wish actual harm on any of them. Sure, the overexposure of Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber can make our news and entertainment bland at times. That being said, their lives of wanton excess and reckless disregard for the finer things have affected a noticeable but unspoken race of beings: cars. Whether it’s a night of drunken driving or just good ol’ fashioned stupidity, some of the biggest names in the business have dented, wrecked and outright totaled cars that we’d gladly give parts of our body just to play with the manual transmission for five minutes.
Justin Bieber’s Ferrari California
The pop star mop-top may seem like a down-to-earth kid with an angelic voice, but his reckless disregard for his very sweet ride makes us long for the days of Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Sure, they may have made bad music, but at least they had the decency not to wreck a beauty of automotive engineering the way Bieber did when he put a huge dent in a $200,000 automotive goddess outside of a Florida hotel. At least he also put a Honda Civic out of its misery.
Billy Joel’s Classic VW Bug
Normally, the thought of a Volkswagon Beetle being wiped off the face of the earth doesn’t give us much pause. This one, however, was a pristine beauty that celebrated the car’s automotive legacy with a slick paint job. Billy Joel trashed it by losing control on a rain-slicked road and crashing into a Long Island home. The fact that it was his third accident in a two-year span makes us wonder if he’s pawned his gold records to afford insurance premiums.
Eddie Griffin’s Ferrari Enzo
All of this star-car hate isn’t just misplaced schadenfreude. Case in point: Eddie Griffin turned one of the sweetest rides in the universe into a pile of twisted metal during a televised race. Worst of all, gearheads across the world mourned as cameras caught the crash live and watched through mountains of tears as a 12-cylinder, carbon fiber hottie became a disfigured gimp in mere seconds.
Paris Hilton’s Bentley Continental GT
Just saying “Paris Hilton” evokes a Pavlovian response to anyone with a TV and a basic understanding of popular culture. She evokes an even harsher response from car lovers. Her automobile care record is more tragic than her sex-tape record. A recent run-in with the paparazzi seriously injured an innocent bystander, the car. This two-door, four wheel drive coupe got wedged under a truck as Paris and her boyfriend of the hour (literally) tried to get away from the press.
Jay Kay’s Lamborghini Diablo
Unlike other stars on this list, the lead singer of Jamiroquai actually sounds like someone who would fit in with the rest of us at the gates of “Gearhead Heaven.” He has a huge collection of exotic motors and a genuine interest in driving them–whether it’s around a competitive racing track or across country as part of the epic “Gumball Rally.” He’s also wrecked more than a few beauties in his time, the most heartbreaking of which was this absolutely epic Lamborghini Diablo.
Britney Spears’ Mercedes-Benz SLK 320
Britney Spears is another name that turns the snarkiest of society into yapping dogs that can’t be shushed. This time they had a reason to shout since Miss “Oops, I Did It Again” crashed another one of her endless line of cars. The singer was already facing legal charges for driving without a license and she somehow managed to wreck her Mercedes-Benz in another accident. Hey Britney, the mechanic doesn’t give you a free car for every 10 you bring him.
Mel Gibson’s Maserati Quattroporte
Mel Gibson seems like Pol Pot to a number of people, and gearheads are no exception. He wrecked his $130,000 beast of luxury driving on a rocky hillside in Malibu, this time not under the influence of alcohol. He fell asleep behind the wheel and caused some serious front end and axle damage to this powerful machine.
Charlie Sheen’s Mercedes S600
If “Crazy” is your middle name, you’ll naturally wreck a couple of high-priced cars in your lifetime, and Charlie Sheen has enough strikes on his driver’s license to earn him “gold card status” with the highway patrol. The former “Two and a Half Men” star once left his garage open with the keys in his Mercedes-Benz, and of course it was stolen. The thieves didn’t get far though. The car was found 200 yards away in a ravine. Even Sheen’s car jackers are nuts.