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10 Of Sylvester Stallone's Cars We Can All Afford (And 10 None Of Us Can)

Sylvester Stallone is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood today. His list of impressive film franchises includes the likes of RockyRambo, and The Expendables, reaching back to the earliest days of his career in the late 1970s all the way to films that are currently in the development process.

Stallone is well-known for his acting chops, but he's also an accomplished writer, director, and producer - and even a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His long list of movies have proven to be cultural mainstays as well as successful box office smashes, and by filling many roles on the screen and behind the camera, Stallone has managed to amass a net worth estimated around $400 million. But that's to be expected from a hard-working guy who is also talented enough to be one of only three people to ever receive Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for the same film (he joined historical superstars Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles).

Like many Hollywood leading men, much of Sylvester Stallone's wealth seems to find its way into his car collection, which features a wide range of modern supercars, some of the most luxurious contemporary tourers, and a few custom jobs just thrown in for a bit of fun. Movie buffs and automotive enthusiasts alike can envy Stallone's collection from afar, but many of his cars are so exotic that just owning them is too expensive for the average person, much less buying them in first place.

But not everything Stallone drives around the streets of Los Angeles is a hot commodity. Keep scrolling for 10 cars in Sly's collection cheap enough for anyone to afford, and 10 that even he probably can't manage to maintain.

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20 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

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The Black Series trim for Mercedes-Benz's SL65 AMG offers the model's most potent setup, with a twin-turbocharged V12 producing 661 horsepower and a monstrous 738 lb-ft of torque.

It also cuts cost over the lower-spec SL 65 AMG thanks to the use of carbon fiber composites and the use of a fixed roof rather than a hardtop convertible.

All in all, the Black Series sounds great and looks great, but as with any high-end sports car (and especially one running higher boost levels), reliability becomes a major concern as parts have to deal with the constant stress of the torque figures that make the cars so attractive in the first place.

19 Backdraft Racing RT3

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For automotive enthusiasts who can't get their hands on an authentic Shelby Cobra, or who just want one with a little bit of modernity thrown into the otherwise Spartan cockpit, plenty of aftermarket manufacturers build various levels of kit cars and reproductions. Sylvester Stallone owns a Backdraft Racing RT3, with a body made of glass-reinforced plastic over a ladder-type chassis. Throw in up to a 550-horsepower V8, and the RT3 is no slouch, but any kind of ding or dent in the bodywork is going to require major funds to fix, and the body will be much more liable to show its flaws than other modern, production vehicles, too.

18 Bugatti Veyron

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No one can blame Sylvester Stallone for buying a Bugatti Veyron. With a quad-turbocharged W16 engine cranking out more than 1,000 horsepower to all four wheels, plus plenty of luxury and iconic style, the Veyron sits at or near the top of the automotive heap.

People with the massive wallets that can afford one of the world's most insane supercars, like Stallone, may not fully comprehend just how expensive maintaining a Veyron can be, though.

Even the custom tires required to handle all that power cost $25,000 per set of four and run $70,000 per mounting job, which can only be performed in France.

17 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

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Ferrari's 599 GTB Fiorano was the Italian manufacturer's grand tourer flagship from 2007 to 2012, and strongly approached legitimate supercar status. Powered by a normally aspirated V12 producing up to 612 horsepower and 488 lb-ft of torque, the 599 GTB Fiorano was Ferrari's most powerful road-going car during its production run.

Like many, but not all, Ferraris, however, it hasn't lost much of its value to depreciation over the years - but owners can't just rest happy knowing that their cars won't lose them money.

Even someone who's amassed a fortune like Sylvester Stallone's has to worry about the escalating cost of every little service, maintenance issue, and replacement part over the course of the car's lifetime.

16 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG

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The Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG has become a staple driver for actors, musicians, and athletes who want to drive a big SUV but don't want a bland Cadillac Escalade. The G 63 AMG packs a powerful punch under its boxy exterior, with a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 pumping out 536 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. Throw in plenty of luxurious amenities on the inside, and it almost seems to good to be true. But Mercedes-Benz has lost much of its sterling reputation for reliability in the last decade or so, following in the trend of so many manufacturers of every kind of product who have gone the route of planned obsolescence.

15 Rolls-Royce Phantom

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The word luxury has almost become synonymous with Rolls-Royce, arguably England's most famous automotive brand. The current Phantom continues on the company's heritage, as the big coupe is only the most recent iteration of a model line that began all the way back in 1925.

Stallone's Phantom is powered by a 6.75-liter V12 producing 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, but despite how comfortable and powerful it may be, the Phantom is also another car from a company notorious for sky-high repair bills and upkeep costs.

Not to mention how much fuel the enormous V12 sucks up, which could challenge even the pocketbook of someone like Sylvester Stallone.

14 Porsche Panamera

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Porsche released the Panamera in 2009, to the continued dismay of Porsche fanatics, who viewed the four-door as a continuation of the brand-ruining ideas that had brought water-cooled engines and the Cayenne to the marketplace (regardless of whether those advances had helped to save a dying brand). Nearly a decade later, the Panamera has proven popular with the public and the automotive press alike, leading to impressive sales, but for long-term owners they've proven a nightmare to maintain. So much so, in fact, that aftermarket warranty companies have begun dropping Porsche coverage altogether due to troubles with the Cayenne and Panamera, despite the 911, Boxster, and Cayman models remaining relatively reliable.

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13 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG

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Mercedes-Benz's mid-sized E 63 AMG sedan has gotten larger and larger over the years, while at the same time its powertrain has catapulted forward by leaps and bounds.

Sylvester Stallone's W212-generation E 63 AMG was one of the most powerful sedans in the world at the time of its debut in 2010.

But the addition of twin-turbochargers to its V8 only increases the engine's complexity, while filling the engine bay with failure-prone vacuum lines snaking around between turbos, intercoolers, blow-off valves, and the intake manifold. Hopefully Sly has allowed his E 63 plenty of time to warm up before giving it full throttle, or his wallet could take an Ivan Drago-sized wallop.

12 Bentley Continental GTC

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One of Sly Stallone's favorite cars for cruising around Hollywood is his Bentley Continental GTC. And who could blame him? Combining opulent luxury, impeccable style, and serious power, the Continental GTC is perfect for sunny California days. Under the hood, though, a 6.0-liter W12 producing 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque propels the massive, more than 5,000 pound, convertible. If W12 engines don't seem particularly common, perhaps much of the reason is that essentially cramming two V6 engines together makes for a mechanic's nightmare, and for troubling financial times for owners just about any time anything in the engine bay goes wrong.

11 Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

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At around $350,000, the Rolls-Royce Wraith is a significant purchase regardless of how much money a buyer might have in their bank account. The coupe is smaller than its Ghost sibling, but also features a V12 under its long hood that produces 624 horsepower in this case. The Wraith is another Rolls model that shares its name with a car nearly 100 years old, in a testament to the brand's longstanding commitment to powerful, luxurious cars. Unfortunately, throughout Rolls-Royce's storied history, the same questions always arise about lifetime ownership costs. And even if $350,000 seems like a reasonable price tag to Sylvester Stallone, it's a good bet he won't be happy if he keeps his Wraith for too long.

10 Custom Ford Mustang GT

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Sylvester Stallone's Ford Mustang GT may feature a radical custom two-tone, black and red paint job with plenty of flames to match a custom roll bar and blacked out wheels, but just about anyone can afford a fifth generation Ford Mustang these days.

Sure, the fifth gen was an improvement over the (even more) boring fourth generation, but the car's interior and mild performance didn't help consumers love it.

Finding one on the secondhand market, even in GT-spec with a V8, is a relatively easy task - expect to pay less than $10,000 for a super low-mileage, exceedingly well-maintained example.

9 Chevrolet Camaro

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When Chevy released a new Camaro just after the 2009 Auto Industry Bailout, it helped to define a path forward for Detroit's design identity which had floundered for the most part of two decades.

The Camaro returned with powerful haunches, a powerful engine, and proved to be a powerful seller as consumers demonstrated their craving for some of that classic muscle feeling.

Today, a brand new Camaro (improved even over the 2010 models) starts well under $30,000, while certified pre-owned and used examples can be found in the $10-15,000. Of course, the best bet is to go with an SS or higher options package, to make sure the exhaust roar matches the car's looks.

8 Cadillac CTS-V

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Cadillac unveiled the CTS lineup for model year 2004, a bold statement ripe with angular edges and powerful drivetrains that helped to bring Cadillac back to the forefront of the domestic luxury scene. The design language would transfer over to models like the Escalade, and in the case of the CTS-V has evolved even further along with steady improvements to the engines, as well. A first generation CTS-V features a GM LS6 V8 that is sourced from its contemporary Corvette Z06, producing 400 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. But beware, though the cars can be found with a bit of hunting, they only came with a six-speed stick shift (though as usual, the manual trans helps keep prices lower).

7 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG

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The Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG was one of the most subtle sleepers to hit the market in the early 2000s. But despite an understated exterior, under the hood lurks a hand-built V8 cranking out 342 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.

With a lightweight cam for each cylinder bank, dual spark plugs and intake valves for each cylinder, and eight coil-packs, the CLK 55 AMG's engine is reliable as well as powerful.

On the second-hand market, these cars are available for a song when their buyers do sell them, the only shame is that they don't come with a stick shift - though their trans is pretty stout, having been sourced from the V12-powered S-Class sedan.

6 1932 Hiboy Hot Rod

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Sylvester Stallone's hot rod is a 1932 Hiboy, a fully custom job based on a Dearborn Deuce convertible. The enormous rear wheels and minuscule front tires help it maintain a mean vibe, perfect for top-down cruising through the streets of Los Angeles. But although Stallone's hot rod may be a bit of a stretch, given how much he loves it, fans of the build could probably find one in slightly rougher shape at prices at around the high $20,000 to low $30,000 range. Or, better yet, find a beat-up old piece of Detroit history, and spend the time in the garage to create a totally unique, ultra-personalized hot rod.

5 Custom C3 Chevrolet Corvette

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Stallone's custom C3-generation Corvette is a completely over-the-top, completely awesome piece of Detroit automotive insanity, with plenty of go-fast additions that help to compensate for the C3's lack of power from the factory.

Of course, any C3 Corvette offers plenty of good looks, but the reality is that this generation is frowned upon as the one that represented Chevy's attempts to make the Corvette more attainable for the average buyer.

But those failings also help to keep used C3 prices low to this day, making them a good buy for someone who needs those good looks, and who might be willing to save up to invest in some speed at a later date.

4 Toyota Prius

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The uber-efficient Toyota Prius has become a stable among the entertainment industry elite as it allows for drivers to make an ecologically-conscious statement while also not requiring the kind of paranoid driving that their more expensive cars might require to be used as a daily driver. Stallone owns one, much like most stars, and so can just about anyone. From the earliest Prius models to brand new, off-the-lot examples, prices can range from $2,500 for a beat-up commuter to north of $35,000 for a fully-optioned, warranty-covered, 50-MPG piece of boring motoring. At least everyone will know its owner loves trees and is saving plenty of cash on gas.

3 Audi A8

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Most drivers probably look at the stately Audi A8 and think there's no way they could ever hope to own something so enormously luxurious. But the A8 has been around as a model over several generations and more than two decades. Sure, a new one can easily cost more than $100,000, but the fact that most potential A8 buyers want to show off their wealth means that older A8 models are actually a good deal in terms of market depreciation. With a range of engine options to choose from, including normally-aspirated and turbocharged V8s, even an early 2000s A8 can be powerful, comfortable, and attainable. Critically, locate one with excellent maintenance history, as older Audis require a loving touch to age well.

2 Volkswagen Phaeton

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Sylvester Stallone will have to be forgiven for buying himself a Volkswagen Phaeton, one of the most over-engineered cars of the last two decades, and not in a good way.

The Phaeton made headlines thanks to its massive W16 motor and VW's decision to offer an enormous, luxury, all-wheel-drive sedan that would end up competing against its own subsidiary's A8 product.

And yes, that W16 is related to the engine in the Bugatti Veyron, but in the Phaeton its many unique parts (and all the unique parts in the model, generally) make it a nightmare to maintain, making secondhand Phaetons highly undesirable. But for those with the itch, the public's disdain once again means that Phaetons can be easily found on the cheap.

1 Custom Chopper

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Getting a custom chopper that's styled exactly like the one Sylvester Stallone kept from the fleet featured in The Expendables franchise of films may be a little expensive, but anybody on the streets today can afford to go out and buy a motorcycle that's had a little bit of custom work done. And compared to an actual car, motorcycle parts can be much cheaper, and much more work can be performed in a home garage rather than at an expensive, by-the-hour mechanic shop. Used motorcycles run the gamut from nice to totally run down, but for someone willing to put in the time, investing in a sub-$5,000 Harley with plans to bring it back to life isn't a bad plan.

Sources: imdb.org, wikipedia.org, and caranddriver.com.

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