Looking at car collections of avid collectors or those who own a lot of them, well, because they can, is interesting. But then if it is about one of the richest people on the planet who also owns a car company, things get a little more gripping. So, what does the head honcho at Tesla own? What was his first car before Tesla happened? The electric car company owner drives around in massive petrol-powered supercars? Well, if it is a McLaren F1, wouldn’t you too?
Musk’s very first car was a 1978 BMW 320i which according to a Forbes video, he bought in 1994 and had it for two years. When Musk got his first bonus from his first company Zip2, a software company he founded with his brother, he used the money to buy himself a 1967 Jaguar E-Type.
“That one was like a bad girlfriend – it kept breaking down on me and causing me all sorts of trouble,” Musk said of the car in the Forbes video.
He went on to buy a McLaren F1 after he sold PayPal. The F1 that would’ve cost him about USD 1 million was later totalled. “I had it for several years and I put 11,000 miles on it and I drove it from LA to San Francisco. I had it as a daily driver,” Musk said of his McLaren F1 in an interview with Pando Daily seven years ago.
Fast forward to 2013, Musk bought the Lotus Esprit ‘submarine car’ that was used during the filming of James Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me.
“It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater,” Musk said in a statement to Huffington Post.
Speaking of classics, Musk also has a Ford Model T. He revealed on Twitter in 2017 that the vintage was gifted to him by a friend.
In his more bonkers endeavours, Musk strapped a Tesla Roadster onto a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and now the car floats around in space and will do for millions of years. The car also has a passenger – an astronaut dummy named Starman.
Today, Musk is usually seen driving around in his Tesla Model S or the Tesla Model X if he’s with family. He’s also been spotted driving a Tesla Cybertruck in Malibu.
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