Nicolas Cage has been one of the hottest actors in the world, with a cult following that almost no other actor can claim. I say “has been” not because he’s finished acting, but because he’s also had his fair share of troubles during his long career. From 1996 to 2011, Nic made over $150 million from movies like Gone in Sixty Seconds, National Treasure, Snake Eyes, and Windtalkers. He was one of the highest paid actors of all time, making $40 million in 2009 alone.
Unfortunately, he spent so much dang money that his luxurious lifestyle was unsustainable. The IRS slapped him with a $6.2 million tax lien in 2009, and Nic ended up suing his money manager, Samuel Levin, for $20 million for fraud and gross negligence. At this time, though, Nic owned two Bahamian islands worth $7 million, nine Rolls-Royce Phantoms (who needs nine?!), over 50 other cars and 30 motorcycles, four luxury yachts worth $20 million, a New Orleans-located haunted house worth $3.45 million, the first Superman comic, and more.
I say all this to mention one fact: Many of the cars Nicolas Cage used to own are no longer in his garage or collection, because they had to be sold to pay off the IRS, lawyers, and everyone else who had their hands in his cookie jar. Still, he’s had one of the coolest car and motorcycle collections around, which we hope to point out here.
Here are 20 of Nicolas Cage’s coolest cars and bikes.
20 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
This is another beautiful classic that belongs in Nic Cage’s collection, though at first glance that might be surprising. The ’64 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III is worth around $550,000, if not more. It oozes upper-class sensibilities. Thanks to Nic’s financial troubles, he ended up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars because of this car, because he couldn’t afford to pay it all down. Only 2,044 Silver Cloud IIIs were produced between 1963 and 1966, so you can see why they’re worth so much. They run on a 6.2-liter V8 engine that gets around 220 hp, an improvement on the engine from the Cloud II, including 2-inch SU carburetors in place of the 1-3/4 inch units on the Series II.
19 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT
Lamborghini has been making exotic cars for a long time now, but the 350 GT was the car that really startled audiences and became an icon, in turn making the company a legend. Of course, Nic Cage needed one, even though only 135 of them exist.
It’s extremely rare, and the sales for them have ranged from $57,000 to $726,000 most recently, which is actually pretty cheap when you consider how many of these cars exist.
The 350 GT had an all-aluminum alloy V12 engine, or sometimes a larger, 4.0-liter engine, which gets about 400 hp, a huge amount for the ‘60s.
18 2003 Ferrari Enzo
Taking a little break from the classic cars from the ‘60s that Nic Cage owns, let’s take a look at one of his coolest “modern” exotic sports cars, the 2003 Ferrari Enzo. Only 400 of these supercars were produced between 2002 and 2004, made and named in homage of the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was built using Formula One technology in the carbon-fiber body, the electrohydraulic shift transmission, the disc brakes, and more. It generates huge amounts of downforce thanks to its front underbody flaps and small adjustable rear spoiler. The engine is an F140 B V12 that helps the car reach 0-60 mph in 3.14 seconds, and has a top speed of 221 mph. They started at $659,330, though they now sell for over $1 million.
17 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster
Porsche has never deviated far from the body styling that has made the company so iconic. Not even with the Porsche 356, one of the early developments. This is one of Nic Cage’s nicest Porsches, without a doubt, and his most valuable.
The “Pre-A” Speedster was developed in 1948, with 1,100 cc engines, though more powerful 1,300 and 1,500 cc engines were later developed in 1951.
This “Pre-A” is a stripped down roadster with minimal equipment and a cut-down windshield. All of these earliest Porsches are highly coveted by collectors, and the 356 Speedster is one of the most frequently reproduced classic cars today, with these Pre-A versions often selling for over $500,000 at auction.
16 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina
There are only 350 of these cars in existence in the world. As you can see, Nic Cage has a special affection for rare, old sports cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. It’s a gorgeously hand-built Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina, which are worth over $3 million nowadays. The 250 was built between 1953 and 1964, and included several variants. The GT variants were built in varying states of road and racing trim. Motor Trend Classic has named the 250 GT Series 1 Pininfarina Cabriolet and Coupe ninth on their list of the “10 Greatest Ferraris of All Time,” which is pretty impressive considering how many styles of Ferraris are out there.
15 1967 Shelby GT500 (Eleanor)
This car is not only beautiful, but it’s extremely rare and limited. “Eleanor” was the 1967 Shelby GT500 that was used in Nicolas Cage’s film, Gone in Sixty Seconds. Somehow, Nic managed to get one of the few Eleanors that were lying around after shooting ended on the film.
The Shelby Mustang was a high-performance car built between 1965 to 1968, for just three short years, before Ford took over.
The GT500 was added to the Shelby lineup equipped with a “Ford Cobra” FE Series 428 cu in, 7.0-liter V8 engine, with two 600 CFM Holley four-barrel carburetors sitting on the mid-rise aluminum intake manifold. In May 1967, the decision was made to terminate the California-based Shelby operation.
14 1963 Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight Competition
The Jaguar E-Type is already an amazing car, once called “the most beautiful car in the world,” by Enzo Ferrari himself. High praise from a competitor! But the Semi-Lightweight Competition version takes things to a whole other level.
First off, there were only 12 of these bad boys ever produced, with the express purpose of beating Ferrari on the racetrack.
Each of these 12 E-Types were modified in different ways to beat Ferrari, making each one unique. Cage’s E-Type was powered by 325 horses and used an eight-point roll cage, But Cage no longer owns it and definitely never raced the thing, which is quite a shame.
13 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi
Moving away from the classics for a minute, let’s take a drive to visit another type of classic car that Nic Cage enjoys: muscle cars. This is one wicked looking car. And with the Hemi engine under the hood, it absolutely roars down the road. Nic owned a hardtop version of this ’70 ‘Cuda Hemi, which featured a redesign from its previous commonality with the Plymouth Variant. This third-generation ‘Cuda offered an array of engine/power plant options to its customers, including a 275, 335, 375, 390, and 425 hp SAE gross V8 engines. The Hemi is a 7.0-liter Hamtramck plant V8. Other options included decal sets, hood mods, and some “high impact” colors like “Lime Light,” “Bahama Yellow,” “Tor Red,” and more.
12 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Nic Cage’s oldest car on this list is not only one of his most beautiful, but it’s considered one of the most beautiful cars ever built. The Bugatti Type 57C Atalante has won Best in Show at car shows and competitions all over the world.
Before Bugatti was building the fastest cars in the world (Veyron, Chiron, etc.) they were building these new Atalante or Atlantic designs, created by Jean Bugatti, son of the founder, Ettore.
Only 710 Atalantes were ever built, but the Type 57C is even more exclusive. The Type 57C version of the car was a racing car, built between 1936 and 1940, with only 96 produced. It shared a 3.3-liter engine from the road-going Type 57, but produced 160 hp with a Roots-type supercharger fitted.
11 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
Nic Cage certainly loves his old Ferraris, and the 250 GTs seem to hit a special soft spot for him. The 250 GT California Spyder LWB (long wheelbase) was designed to export to North America. It was built as Scaglietti’s interpretation of the open-top 250 GT. Aluminum was used for the hood, doors, and trunk lid, with steel everywhere else. A few aluminum-bodied racing versions were built as well. The engine was the same as in the 250 Tour de France race car, which gave up to 237 hp from its naturally aspirated SOHC 2-valves. Only 50 of these cars were produced, with one selling at a 2007 auction for $4.9 million, and another selling to Top Gear presenter Chris Evans for $12 million in 2008.
10 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV/J
Even though the Lamborghini 350 GT might have made Lambo a household name, the Miura is what really set them on the path to greatness, and was the first representation of the body style that would come to be associated with Lamborghini to this day. The Lamborghini Miura was built between 1966 and 1973, though only 764 were ever built.
It’s considered the first supercar by many, with its rear mid-engined two-seat layout, which has become the standard for supercars ever since.
When released, it was the fastest production road car ever made, able to reach 171 mph. Only six SV/J models were known to be built in the factory. One of them was sold to the Shah of Iran, who in turn fled during the Iranian Revolution, and in 1997 Nic Cage got his car at a Brooks auction for $490,000. At the time, this was the model’s highest price ever sold at auction.
9 1954 Bugatti T101
The Bugatti Type 101 was built between 1951 and 1955, with only eight units ever produced. With this car (eight units), the Lambo Miura SV/J (six units), and the Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight (12 units), you can see that Nic Cage loves his ultra-rare vehicles. Seven chassis were built for this car, bodied by four different coachbuilders. The car was powered by a 3.3-liter (3,257 cc) straight-8, the same engine from the Type 57. The engine got 135 hp and utilized a single carburetor, though the T101C would also use a Roots supercharger and get 190 hp. One of these cars has sold at auction for over $2 million, though we have to assume that price would be way higher given that there’s only eight of them!
8 1955 Jaguar D-Type
Nic Cage bought this awesome Jag race car back in 2002, for around $850,000, one of his most expensive car purchases ever. We’re not sure if Nic has ever done any racing with it, but he definitely should. The D-Type was built between 1954 and 1957 and was, obviously, the predecessor of the infamous E-Type.
The D-Type used a basic straight-six XK engine from the C-Type before it, though its aviation-influenced structure was radically different.
Its innovative monocoque construction and aeronautical approach to aerodynamic efficiency brought aviation technology to competition car design. In total, 18 factory team cars, 53 customer cars, and 16 XKSS versions of the D-Type were produced.
7 1963 Aston Martin DB5
Though Nic Cage has never played James Bond in any of his movies, he still owns the classic car that Bond made famous. Time and time again, the Aston Martin DB5 is considered one of the most beautiful cars in the world (hence why Bond drove it, surely). It was built between 1963 to 1965 only, with just 1,059 produced, and named after Sir David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin between 1947 and 1972. It used a 3,995 cc (4.0-liter) inline-6 engine, with 3 Weber carburetors, got power up to 282 bhp, and had a top speed of 143 mph, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 8 seconds. Multiple variants of the car were made, but the original still remains the most iconic (thanks to Sean Connery and James Bond).
6 1973 Triumph Spitfire Mark IV
The Triumph Spitfire was a small British two-seater that was introduced in 1962 and discontinued in 1980. It was based on a design produced for Standard-Triumph in 1957, by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.
The platform was based on the chassis, engine, and running gear of the Triumph Herald, but then shortened and with the outrigger sections removed.
The Mark IV was built between 1960 and 1974, as the fourth and second-to-last generation car. It used a 1,296 cc inline-4 engine, and around 70,000 were built. So it might not be as rare as other cars Nic owns, but it’s still awesome looking, even though its top speed was only 90 mph.
5 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster
The Porsche 911 is the most iconic and well-respected car that Porsche has ever built, almost inarguably, so it makes sense that Nic Cage would want one. This sweet little Porsche was built in 1989, which was a good year even if not a very old one. Cage sold this car for $57,000 at one point due to money troubles, which is very low for such an awesome ride. The 911 has been around since 1963, as a high-performance, rear-engined sports car. The 911 Speedster was a low-roof version of the Cabriolet, evocative of the 356 Speedster of the ‘50s (which Cage also owns). Its production numbers were limited to 2,104, until July 1989 when a narrow body and Turbo-looking car was released (only 171 of them though).
4 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
The newest car in Nic Cage’s arsenal is still 11 years old, but it’s quite awesome. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was a grand tourer produced between 2007 and 2012 as the company’s front-engined, two-seat flagship. It replaced the 575M Maranello in 2006, and was replaced in 2013 by the F12berlinetta.
The car is named for its engine displacement, 5,999 cc, for the Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature, and for the Fiorano Circuit test track that Ferrari uses.
That huge V12 engine was installed front-longitudinally and pumped out 612 horsepower, and the output exceeded 100 hp per liter of displacement without any kind of forced-induction mechanism, which was one of the few engines to do that at the time.
3 2001 Lamborghini Diablo
Nic Cage clearly has a special place in his heart for Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Porsches—three of the best exotic car sellers in the world. Nic didn’t opt for the classic purple that everyone associates the Diablo with, but instead went with a fiery orange, which looks just as striking. This car was the first Lamborghini that was capable of hitting a top speed in excess of 200 mph, thanks to its 5.7-liter and 6.0-liter V12 engines. This car was designed by Marcello Gandini to replace the Countach as Lambo’s flagship sports car, and it’s believed to have cost 6 billion Italian lira to develop this car, which equates to around $952 million in today’s money.
2 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
When Nic Cage lost a lot of money and sued his former manager, Samuel Levin, the actor couldn’t really blame everything on sketchy business tactics. A lot of it was his fault. Case in point: Nic Cage at one point owned NINE of these Rolls-Royce Phantoms, plus a Gulfstream jet, four yachts, and 15 mansions. So, he did a lot of this on his own. Clearly, Nic had quite an obsession with Rolls-Royce, and the Phantom in general—their nicest model, which has been in existence since 1925. This Phantom is probably a Series II, built between 1929 and 1936. This car was featured in Nic Cage’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and was a one-of-a-kind that had a 4.3-liter, 30-hp, six-cylinder engine, with a Stromberg downdraft carburetor.
1 Yamaha VMAX
Not only was the Yamaha VMAX the same bike that Nic Cage got to ride in Ghost Rider and set the world on fire, but he also owns one. The VMAX is a cruiser motorcycle that was produced between 1985 and 2007.
It’s known for its powerful 70-degree V4 engine, its shaft drive, and its distinctive styling. The engine was a tuned version of the double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled V4 from the Yamaha Venture.
The 1,679 cc engine produces 197.26 hp and 174.3 hp from the rear wheel. Its frame is built from cast aluminum, which we don’t think would do very well when coated in fire, like in Ghost Rider…
Sources: coolridesonline.net, complex.com, financebuzz.com