Michael Jackson began his rise to fame in the 60s. His popularity began to climb after achieving success with "Blame It On the Boogie," "I Want You Back," and "Who's Lovin' You" among others. But it was his beginnings with The Jackson 5 that subsequently helped him establish himself as the king of pop, having one of the longest and most successful music industry careers of the last decades. Michael has been one of the most complete artists we have seen, due to his genius for composing music, his avant-garde concepts in each of his musical projects, his sense of fashion and his noble heart, making him an icon of the music and the entertainment industry until his death in 2009.
But beyond the genius of Jackson and his contribution in the music field, we must emphasize that his career was so fruitful that he had a life full of luxury, and one of the great hobbies of the artist were cars, something we could see constantly in his music videos and in his daily life. Jackson was a keen car enthusiast, so part of his fortune was divided into a wide variety of cars that were not only the best of the time but Jackson also enjoyed modifying them according to his needs to move around the city comfortably and with all the luxuries a king needed.
Here, we will talk about 18 cars that Michael had the pleasure of driving. Beyond having the best in mechanical engineering under the hood, Michael modified them to be even more impressive and unique.
18 Ford Econoline E150 van
For Michael Jackson, not only was it a matter of luxury and comfort, the artist also enjoyed going unnoticed when he moved around the city to perform the activities of his busy schedule. That's why he acquired a Ford Econoline E150 van 1993.
This model was characterized by having a 4-speed automatic transmission, 6 inline cylinders, and a 4.9-liter engine size.
But what makes this Econoline E150 van so special? His Ford came with a video game player, a TV screen located at the front of the passenger seats and high-end leather upholstery.
17 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood
Every true enthusiast needs to add a true classic to his collection, and Jackson wanted to acquire a 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood. This vehicle first came to market in 1937 until the end of 1993. The 54 model was the fourth generation of this car and it was characterized by its 4-door sedan body, with a 331 cu in (5.4 L) OHV V8 engine with a 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
This car also starred in the “Driving Miss Daisy” motion picture, and if that is not enough Elvis Presley had an older version of the Fleetwood.
16 GMC V Jimmy High Sierra Classic
Between the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, everyone seemed to have a Jimmy. At that time, the American General Motors group developed two SUVs, E-Class, Blazer, and Jimmy, which were sold under the Chevrolet and GMC brands since 1982. Both vehicles were so similar that it was difficult to differentiate them, both had a front engine, rear traction and a long chassis in the front.
It may sound strange that someone like the King of Pop wanted to buy a vehicle like the GMC V Jimmy High Sierra Classic, but Michael loved big vehicles and the Jimmy was one of the favorites back then. In addition, it is known that Michael enjoyed adapting his cars according to his needs.
15 1986 Ferrari Testarossa
The dream of every car enthusiast is to have the opportunity to put their foot on the pedal of a Ferrari. And Michael had the opportunity to have a Ferrari Testarossa during the filming of one of the Pepsi commercials. Unfortunately, the experience was not entirely pleasant for the singer because during one of the commercial scenes Michael had to dance on stage accompanied by a pyrotechnic explosion. Due to a time and logistics problem, Michael's hair caught fire and resulted in third-degree burns.
And although Michael completed the filming after a lawsuit, in the second part of the ad we can see a Ferrari Testarossa Spider (1986) as a getaway car. The curious fact was that there was actually only one of those made that then was sold in 2017 with a price just under $800,000.
14 1985 Mercedes 500 SEL
One of Michael's favorite cars was his Mercedes 500 SEL. This became his favorite vehicle to move from his home to the recording studio in L.A. And although he stopped driving in the 90s he stayed true to his Mercedes, a vehicle he used to drive in Neverland around his 2700 acres and that had a 5.0 L V8 engine under the hood.
Later this vehicle became the property of his aunt, but after his loss it was auctioned at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, where it raised $100,000.
These models were available in the market from 1979 to 1992, in two types of bodywork sedan and coupe, with straight-5 engines, straight-6 and finally in the latest versions with a V8, in addition to being available in two types of transmission 4- speed manual or 5-speed manual.
13 2001 Harley Touring Bike
Not everything for the King of Pop was cars, Michael also loved motorcycles so he decided to buy a Harley Touring Bike from 2001. These beauties have been characterized by having a V2 engine, four-stroke of 2 valves per cylinder, to 5 speed gearbox with a power of 67.00 HP (48.9 kW)) @ 5400 RPM.
But like almost everything that Michael acquired he looked for something personalized and bought a Harley, but not just any Harley, he bought one with a police style. The funny thing is that in the end, it ended up being a whim purchase because the singer never used this beauty.
12 1986 GMC High Sierra 3500
Michael expressed in several interviews that he felt like Peter Pan and was still a little boy inside, so it was not surprising when he created Neverland Ranch, his own park inspired by Disneyland. This park became the favorite hobby of the singer for which Michael invested in every detail related to it, including the vehicles that we could find there
One of those customized vehicles was a GMC High Sierra 3500 from 1986 that Michael converted into a fire truck that only managed 115 horsepower.
Among the most outstanding features of the vehicle, Michael added a water tank, hoses, and flashing red light.
11 1957 Chevy Bel Air
Thriller is one of the most iconic moments in the history of music. In fact, in 2009 this music video was added to the National Film Registry to be considered "the most famous music video of all time." from an early age, Michael was a car enthusiast. That's why in each of his videos he enjoyed adding different vehicles.
In the successful 14-minute music video we can appreciate a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, characterized by having a 283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-Block V8 engine and a 3-speed Turboglide auto transmission.
It was the perfect car for this adaptation of horror and iconic music video. Michael was thinking of doing something unique and that we would all remember, and what better car for an iconic video than a Chevy Bel Air.
10 AMC Matador
In his successful musical video "Black or White" starring Macaulay Culkin, the well-known actor from the Christmas movie "Home Alone," Michael showed us that his creativity has no limits.
In the extended version of the video we see how Michael goes from becoming a panther to his human version again, he starts dancing in a desolate street and later he starts to destroy an AMC Matador, until finally, he becomes in a black panther again. The AMC Matador was a vehicle that had two generations and was on the market from 1970 to 1978. The second generation was characterized by having a 3-speed transmission Torque-Command automatic and a 401 cu in (6.6 L) V8 engine.
9 1981 Suzuki Love
In 1981 Michael had the opportunity to collaborate with the Suzuki brand to promote their new line of scooters, which were designed under the slogan "Love is my message." In the commercial we see a model wearing a red dress while sitting on the scooter of the same color and Michael dancing next to her.
Suzuki Love had a kick start & electric starter starting system, air-cooled single cylinder 2-stroke engine type, 49 cc cylinder volume, 2,59 Nm/ 3.500 rpm torque, a telescopic, coil spring, oil-damped front suspension, and with a 1.36 hp (1.04 kW) / 4,500 rpm power output.
8 2007 Toyota Prius
Throughout his career, Michael showed us how big his heart was by getting involved in various charitable causes, for which he always sought to convey messages that would create awareness of the difficulties facing our societies, and that included taking care of the environment.
In 2007, Jackson joined the group of celebrities who cared about the earth and decided to acquire the new Toyota Prius that was characterized as a hybrid.
Between his more outstanding specs, we can emphasize that it was a 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) with a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission and a horsepower of 110 hp @ 5000 rpm.
7 Custom Peter Pan Golf Cart
Michael was like a little boy who had a lot of money at his disposal and could spend in whatever he wanted, so we should not be surprised if he had a golf cart adapted to his style and expectations.
This car served to the singer as a vehicle for moving through the acres of his Neverland Ranch, but for this magical world that Michael had created, he needed a vehicle that was in keeping with the theme of his own amusement park, so the golf cart shown in the hood a painting of Michael as a Peter Pan with the Jolly Roger flying nearby. And finally, the cart was built by Western Golf And Country.
6 Lancia Stratos Zero
Finally, we should mention the futuristic and adapted version of the Stratos Zero that Michael asked to be designed for him. During the extended version of his video "Smooth Criminal," we see Michael in an elegant and futuristic Stratos Zero.
This vehicle was created by the Italian company Bertone in 1970. Marcello Gandini and Giovanni Bertone wanted to build a vehicle that could be real and not just a concept, so when the opportunity arose to develop a vehicle for Jackson's music video they did not hesitate one second to accept the challenge. And a curious fact about this car is that the engineers decided to take the engine of a rescued Lancia Fulvia HF to put it under the hood.
5 Rolls Royce Silver Spur II Limousine
Among his possessions Michael had a Rolls Royce Silver Spur II Limousine 1990, this model was characterized by having a new design of suspension with the "Automatic Ride Control", it also had a 3/4-speed automatic transmission, while under the hood we could find a 6.75 L Rolls-Royce L410 V8.
At that time ideas were born of having cars with more luxurious interiors, so Michael modified certain details of the limousine to move around the city and be more comfortable. The limo was trimmed in contrasting black and white leather and also provided with a full-service bar and dark tinted windows.
4 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph
Because if you have the right budget, why not have more than one Rolls Royce? The Seraph is powered by a 5.4-liter V12 engine that produces 321 HP and has a speed of 3.9 seconds from 0-62 mph (0-100 km / h). But for the King of Pop, this was not enough, he wanted something exclusive and unique that no one else had.
So he got the best designers in this field to redecorate it with an interior full of crystals and 24-carat gold.
It was literally like a Palais of Versailles. This Rolls Royce has become one of the most iconic vehicles of Michael Jackson due to the amount of luxury that the designers added.
3 Lincoln Town Car Limousine
Michael loved limousines because that means for him space and comfort while he moved around the city. And although Lincoln Town was also available in a sedan-type body inspired by the body of a limousine, Michael decided to buy the limousine because it would have more space and could move quieter. In general, Lincoln models are characterized by offering users the best in motor engineering and luxuries everywhere.
The Lincoln Town Car Limousine had a much more tamed interior for which gray leather and fabric trims were used, together with walnut paneling, so in that way, the singer and his team could enjoy the luxuries worthy of a king.
2 1997 Neoplan Touring Coach
Neoplan Bus GmbH is a German automotive company that manufactures buses, trolleybuses and coaches. And when celebrities are on tour they need the best in the market, so they need brands that offer reliable and comfortable vehicles in which they can move from one point to another during their concert tours.
Michael decided to acquire a Neoplan Touring Coach 1997 that had an interior similar to a 5-star hotel.
It featured an en-suite bedroom and fully equipped bathroom in porcelain, gold, and granite; because for Michael it was never enough and he should have the best in the market.
1 Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV that has been on the market since 1998. They are known for their 5-door body, spacious interior for greater comfort of the driver and passengers, as well as having the latest technology, but the best is under the hood where you can find a V8.
According to Top Gear, just when rumors began about Michael Jackson's health problems, the singer was involved in a car accident when his driver hit an ambulance while he was driving the Cadillac Escalade to pick up the King of Pop at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in The Angels.