But these days, cars have become as much a political and ideological statement as anything else. Today's chic car might not be the most expensive out there, and setting trends isn't always about who can spend the most money anymore. Then there's the anonymity factor; in a town where paparazzi pop out of manholes and garbage piles like New York City rats, it often pays to play it a little low-key when daily drivers are concerned.
That's not to say ultra-high-dollar cars are exactly out of style in Hollywood - we're sure that every star owns at least one. But you might be surprised at these real-life celebrity cars that have been purchased over the years. Vote up the snazziest celebrity car below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
Has any MC ever entered the music industry without the hope of one day owning a Bentley? The GT and its GTC cousins are two of the fastest and most luxurious cars the world has ever known, and perfect for letting the haters know you made it just fine. Pricing starts at $200,000 and can go up to $300,000 for top-end models.
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This car is one part style, one part environmentalism, and one part home-town pride. The California-man Tesla Model S is the current reigning king of style in Los Angeles. The list of stars who own one of these under-$100,000 electrics is practically endless. Name a current or former A-lister in Hollywood, and there's definitely a chance that they own at least one Tesla.
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Porsches have been hugely popular among movie stars since James Dean's day, and none are (or ever have been) more popular than the 911. In various trims, it goes for anywhere from $60,000 to $130,000 for the GT3 shown above.
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Love them or hate them, this original enviro-chic hybrid remains one of the most popular daily drivers in Hollywood. While Tesla's stolen its crown in recent years, the $30,000, near-invisible Prius remains a default choice for West Coast glitterati just looking to live their lives in peace.
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