Everyone loves Keanu Reeves: he’s a good actor who’s been in some iconic roles, and even more importantly, he’s a good person. And possibly even more importantly than that, for the sake of this article, he’s a serious gearhead. The 53-year-old Canadian actor has dealt with some harsh tragedies in his life, but he’s always persevered and come back stronger. In fact, following his sister’s diagnosis with leukemia, he became a special advocate for helping kids with cancer. He’s always remained anonymous, not wanting to make a big deal out of his charity work, but it must be mentioned how much of a hero he truly is. He donates to that blockbuster cancer research fund, as well as to the Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment (SCORE), a charity that supports hockey players with spinal injuries.
Beyond that, Keanu has driven some awesome cars during his tenure as a Hollywood actor. From John Wick to Point Break to Speed to The Matrix, he’s been behind the wheel of some serious machinery. John Wick’s stunt coordinator, Darris Prescott, has even said that he is one of the best actor-drivers in the industry. That’s because he loves motorcycles and cars in real life, so he frequently does his own stunts whenever possible. He hasn’t owned many cars—opting to take the subway to work like so many celebrities do these days (/sarcasm off)—but he has strong opinions on a lot of them. He loves Porsches. He loves motorcycles. He loves Ferraris. And he also might love old-school Mustangs…
We’re here to find out. Here are 8 vehicles Keanu Reeves owns, and 12 he wishes he owned.
20 Volvo 122
Keanu has come a long way since he owned this car. The Volvo 122 was his very first car. It was a British racing green car that he called “Dumpy” because that’s what he felt the car was—a dump. There were bricks jammed into the interior to help hold up the seats. But back in 1985, Dumpy helped get him from Toronto to Los Angeles, and that’s all that matters.
Just as Dumpy started to go out on him, Keanu found his love of motorcycles. The Volvo Amazon (of which the 122 was a model) was a car that was manufactured from 1956 to 1970. It actually looks pretty sweet, and we wonder if Keanu misses ol’ Dumpy today.
19 1973 Norton Commando 850 MK II Roadster
The Norton Commando was an old school Norton-Villiers motorcycle produced by the Norton Motorcycle Company between 1967 and 1977.
It used an OHV pre-unit parallel-twin engine and was popular all over the world during its 10-year run, including winning Motor Cycle News’ “Machine of the Year” in the U.K. for five successive years, from 1968 to 1972.
This was the first bike Keanu owned, and the one that turned him on to motorcycles (following the end of Dumpy). He loved this Roadster for its speed and for the simple pleasure of the ride. He bought this ’73 in 1987, and still owns it today.
18 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (Type 993)
Having fulfilled his lifelong love of motorcycles, Keanu finally wanted something with four wheels (that wasn’t Dumpy) after filming Point Break and Speed. And he settled on a Porsche. He settled on a black Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, the classic Type 993 model. It had a sunroof and manual transmission, and he loved the feel of the car.
“I used any excuse to head up PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) onto the great canyon roads.” He ended up taking the Porsche Driving Experience course and then winning the 2009 Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach. Unfortunately, the 4S was stolen from him while he was away from home filming a movie.
17 Arch Motorcycle KRGT-1
Keanu and renowned L.A. bike customizer Gard Hollinger met when Keanu was trying to get his Harley upgraded, and Hollinger said that redoing the Harley was not his style.
Keanu liked the guy’s honesty, and they went on to found the Arch Motorcycle Company together. They designed and built this one, the KRGT-1, or (“Keanu Reeves” GT-1) as their first model.
This bike had custom-designed performance in its suspension, ergonomics, riding, and handling. Not intended as a one off, Reeves and Hollinger have built nearly 100 such bikes a year since the founding of the company. The one downside? The KRGT-1 retails at $78,000. For a bike. Ahhhh!
16 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide
Back in 2006 when Keanu Reeves first stepped into Gard Hollinger’s design shop, Choprods, Hollinger told him: “I don’t make sissy bars, but why don’t you come inside and we’ll see what we can do.”
At the time, Keanu wanted to customize his Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide, but we know how that turned out. The Harley Wide Glide originated in Harley’s FX series of motorcycles, and is their first factory custom bike. The models were in production from 1991 to 2017, based on the Dyna Glide chassis, and offered in various trims and front ends. The bike filled a niche between the smallest and largest Harleys for a long time, but the platform was eventually discontinued for the 2018 model year in favor of a new Softail frame.
15 El Diablo West Coast Chopper
West Coast Choppers (WCC) is a motorcycle brand that started selling T-shirts and stickers with the company’s iron cross logo while founder Jesse James was still in high school.
He created a brand for the chopper lifestyle well before they’d ever made a custom bike. In fact, 60% of their revenue still comes from WCC-branded marketing tie-ins from clothing, beverages, and tools.
They only sell around 12 to 15 bikes a year, at prices starting around $150,000, so you basically have to be Keanu Reeves to even afford one. He bought this El Diablo model around the same time as his Harley above, complete with a WCC custom engraving.
14 Arch Motorcycle Arch 1s
The Arch 1s was the second bike that Keanu Reeves revealed to the public. He brought it along with the KRGT-1 and a third bike to the EICMA, a motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The Arch 1s is a more sport-oriented bike than the KRGT-1, which is basically a cruiser, but they share a lot of the same accouterments. The sportier, aggressive bike is powered by a 124 cubic-inch, 2032cc V-Twin engine, surrounded by a CNC Machined Aluminum backbone and subframe. It rides on carbon fiber 7 Spoke BST wheels, and is an expensive bespoke motorcycle for the true machine heads out there.
13 Arch Method 143
The Arch Method 143 showed up at the Milan show as a concept bike. Arch partnered with Suter Industries to create a European distribution channel for the Arch brand, while also making Arch the sole distributor of the Suter MMX 500 this side of the ocean.
The Method 143 features a carbon fiber mono-cell chassis, and only 23 units were made.
The elegant craftsmanship and layering design concept include leather, carbon fiber, and programmed CNC machine aluminum. All three of these bikes were showcased at the 2018 Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori show (EICMA), though none of the prices are known yet. But you can expect them to possibly reach six figures so… just be ready.
12 Ferrari 488 GTB
Back in 2015, Keanu Reeves made a pretty big splash in the tabloid headlines when he visited Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy. There, he test drove a Ferrari 488 GTB and lapped the famed Fiorano circuit, though it’s unclear whether he placed an order for the 488 or twin-turbo 458 replacement. While there, he visited their Classiche department, which houses classic models spanning Ferrari’s glorious history. Reeves was taken in particular by the ‘50s-era 500 Mondial racer and the 637, both of which were designed to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Though the actor has only ever owned a vintage Volvo and a contemporary Porsche, we have a feeling a Ferrari is not too far down the road for him.
11 Ferrari California T
This was the second Ferrari that Keanu tested at their headquarters in Maranello. Along with the Classiche department, Keanu made his rounds about the assembly lines, the Tailor Made atelier, and the new GES building. He insisted on seeing all of it.
When he drove these two cars, he had a couple nice things to say about the Prancing Horse, saying about the 488 GTB: “It’s a car you instantly feel an incredible synergy with.” And about the California, “It’s like it’s tailored around you, an extension of your body and your mind. There’s no doubt about it: Ferrari is the dream.”
10 Ducati Diavel
Keanu Reeves took out a Ducati Diavel for a test drive while he was doing an interview with GQ in 2011. They met near Chertsey at the Chobham Test Track, while Reeves was around London for three months filming 47 Ronin.
He told GQ he had been riding motorcycles since he was 22, right after he moved to L.A. when he was 20. He was working in Munich and met a girl who had a bike and he asked her to teach him how to ride it and she did.
“I just started riding around the studio,” Reeves said. “I just got into it.” He started on a Kawasaki 600 Enduro, then got that awesome Norton Commando, and he went on to own three different Nortons: a Fastback, a Roadster, and an Interstate. And then he rode this animal, a Ducati Diavel, and he loved it.
9 NASCAR Rally Car
Rally Car is a film that is supposedly still in pre-production, starring Keanu Reeves. It’s directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Stephen Hamel (the story) and Jeremy Lott (the screenplay). It centers around a rally race in China, and Keanu gets to do what he loves best: go really fast!
Lion’s Gate, the same company that produced the John Wick series, is set to produce this one, and we’re sure it’s going to be a high-flying, high-energy show. Variety revealed that the movie will “center around a self-centered NASCAR driver who revitalizes his career by entering in an international race around China, and learns to win as part of a team when he joins forces with a young Chinese woman who yearns to become a driver herself.” Reeves will also produce the movie himself.
8 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Keanu Reeves drove this beast, a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, in the John Wick series. In the first movie, the car, which is Wick’s prized possession, was stolen, and his puppy was killed (the last gift from his slain wife). With all the grief at his disposal, Keanu goes on a rampage and becomes a one man army in order to get back his car.
The Mustang spends a lot of time in a chop shop garage during the first movie, but we see some more seriously slick car scenes in movie two, where we get to see the true power of the late-60s iconic car, including a prolonged chase scene.
With that scene, stunt coordinator Darris Prescott said Keanu Reeves is “one of the best actor-drivers in the business.”
7 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park (Bill & Ted)
The 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park was the iconic car from the first two Bill and Ted movies. And with talks of a third movie coming out soon, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in their original roles, we hope to see more of it! The film is going to be called Bill & Ted Face the Music, and pre-production started in May 2018. The films also spawned an animated TV series and a live-action series, in 1990 and 1992, respectively, as well as comic books and video games. It was a true cultural phenomenon that has reached cult-like status in recent years, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with number three. Hopefully they reprise the role of the old Mercury Grand Marquis.
6 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8
This awesome 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 was showcased and driven in Street Kings, a 2008 film that did so-so at the box office. In the film, Tom Ludlow (Reeves) is a veteran LAPD officer who is mourning the loss of his wife (poor Keanu—his wives are always so unlucky).
He’s trying to navigate a criminal world that makes no sense to him anymore, and when evidence implicating him in the death of a fellow officer, Ludlow starts to question everyone around him. It was a pretty good flick, and this car was absolutely sweet, so we can recommend checking it out.
5 1968 Ford Bronco
There were tons of cars in 1994’s Speed, though this is the main vehicle Keanu Reeves showed up in. It was an old, beat-up 1968 Ford Bronco—though it wouldn’t be half as beat up as some of the other cars by the end of the film.
The plot of the film was pretty original for its time: Reeves is another LAPD cop who tries to rescue civilians on a city bus when it’s rigged with a bomb, set to explode if the bus slows down below 50 mph.
If you haven’t seen it, spoiler: chaos ensues. It became a surprise commercial hit, grossing $350.4 million on a $30 budget, and it won two Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
4 1991 Jaguar XJS XJ27
Another classic from Speed, this one was a 1991 Jaguar XJS XJ27. Keanu used the car to board the raging bus, just seconds before the classic Jag ran into those huge water stoppers and was totaled. There have been multiple debates online as to the authenticity of the car, as some believe it is actually a 1988 Hess and Eisenhardt car, rather than a Jaguar, because of the shape of the car and because of the time period the movie was set. Either way, we believe that if Keanu could have his pick of cars to keep that weren’t totaled on movie sets, this might be one of them.
3 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6
In John Wick: Chapter 2, ex-assassin John Wick drives this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in the very first scene of the film only. While the car looks like the same Chevelle from the first John Wick, some media experts (bestmoviescars.com) say that this is the “King of the Streets” 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6, which was one of the great muscle cars.
In one stunning shot, Reeves power slides the car into a biker, and while some frames show the damage done to the car, others show it as a clean sweep. And being the expert actor-driver that he is, Reeves drove the car during this stunt.
2 1965 Lincoln Continental
If there is any single movie that seriously shot Keanu Reeves into superstardom, it had to have been the first Matrix film. The second two were pretty popular also, but not nearly the cultural phenomenon of the Wachowski Brothers’ first film. This black Lincoln Continental was seen in the first few scenes of the movie, and in all three films. When looking at the grille of the car in the first film, The Matrix, we can see it is a 1965 Continental, as it was the only year where that particular grille was produced. But in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the car is a 1963 Continental. Conceptually, they’re supposed to be the same car, but technically, they actually weren’t.
1 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Okay, we lied. Point Break was probably the movie that first got Keanu Reeves famous, though it wasn’t his biggest hit. The 1991 film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starred Patrick Swayze and Reeves. In the film, Johnny Utah (Reeves) is a federal agent who is tasked with infiltrating a suspected gang of bank robbers. He meets the gang, which ends up being a group of surfers, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Swayze), and he’s drawn into the new lifestyle.
Who knew that 23 years later Keanu would be driving such a similar car in John Wick?
He surely didn’t, but by the time he had to gear up for that film, Keanu had already had quite a lot of on-screen practice driving around an awesome, early-era Mustang.
Sources: gq.com, variety.com, westcoastchoppers.com, archmotorcycle.com, auto.ferrari.com, bestmoviecars.com