Kid Rock is a man who doesn’t do things half-heartedly. When the iconic brewer Anheuser-Busch Cos. was bought out by a Belgian beer company, Kid Rock was so annoyed by the development that he started his own brewing company.
In another instance, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was undergoing severe financial difficulties back in 2011, with members striking due to nonpayment issues. The Michigan-born and raised celebrity pulled some strings and threw a benefit fundraising concert to help out, saving the orchestra and securing the future of classical music in Detroit.
And then there is his huge collection of cars. Kid Rock's father was the owner of several car dealerships in Michigan and obviously passed his love of cars onto his son. And when a car enthusiast also happens to be rich, it’s inevitable that they will indulge in their passion for cars in a big way.
Kid Rock's car collection is not your typical millionaire’s collection, however. There are the Ferraris and Bugattis and other expensive hypercars that you’d expect, but the thing that is especially interesting about this collection is that it is mostly made up of vintage muscle cars.
Even more interesting is the variety of cars within his collection. Whether you’re interested in exotic supercars, classic muscle cars, off-road rock crawlers, or vintage pickups, Kid Rock's collection has something to suit every taste. But if you’re a fan of vintage and classic cars, you’re in for a real treat.
When most people turn 40 they don’t usually get gifted muscle cars, but when your name is Kid Rock, that’s exactly what you can expect. Professional NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson presented Kid Rock with the modern day muscle car during the cowboy's 40th birthday celebration. The Camaro SS was a gift from Chevrolet themselves and painted flat-black with black wheels and black-wall tires. Emblazoned on the door is the number 40 with a Made In Detroit logo splashed across the back window. Kid Rock seemed genuinely surprised and delighted with the gift, even asking Johnson if he was being punked.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that someone who injects so many elements from country music into his songs would buy a pickup. His black and white GMC Sierra was custom built just for him. The supercharged, 577-horsepower truck has some distinctive Kid Rock touches including Detroit Cowboy badging. Although it looks too good to take off-road, the GMC is still very capable with a 6-inch lift kit and 20-inch Blak Havoc off-road wheels wrapped in 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ Tires. Stealth black grille, hood, and bumpers complete the package and provide a much-needed contrast to the white exterior.
Kid Rock and West Coast Customs came together for this vintage-vibed build. The classic Cadillac was a pretty capable cruiser when it came out of the factory, with a 210-horsepower V8, 151-inch wheelbase, and a 27-gallon fuel tank. West Coast Customs made the cool Detroit Cadillac even cooler with a midnight black paint job and gold trim highlights. West Coast Customs did up the inside with black velour seats with gold stitching, shag carpet, and a booming sound system with a hidden 32-inch television. Vogue tires and style appropriate rims round out the Detroit look of his classic Caddy.
As if being Kid Rock wasn’t attention-grabbing enough, mounting a set of six foot wide Texas longhorns on a 1960s Pontiac should do it. Far from being stock, the 1964 Bonneville was the car that Kid Rock drove in the music video of his patriotic anthem, "Born Free". The Pontiac has had an interesting history and belonged to Audrey Williams, the mother of Hank Williams Jr, before Kid Rock bought it at an auction for $225,000. The car was tricked out by celebrity car customizer and tailor Nudie Cohn who added the Texas horns, a six-shooter shifter, and a saddle-like interior with 350 authentic silver dollars embedded within.
Kid Rock once stated that money can’t buy taste. He took aim at Lamborghini-driving celebrities, lambasting them as being boring and stating that his 1930s Cadillac oozed style and class by comparison. He went on to explain that is was a 100-point car, meaning that everything on it was absolutely perfect. Even a solitary scratch would drop its rating to a 99 point car, so the vintage black Cadillac is in immaculate condition. Little is known about the car's history apart from the price tag, which was a little over half a million dollars, somewhat fitting given the Cadillac has long been a symbol of prosperity.
By now, you’re probably getting the impression that Kid Rock owns some pretty unusual vehicles and you’d be right. One of the more unconventional motorcycles in his collection is this three-wheeler, named The Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R and built by snowmobile and motorcycle company Polaris. Underneath the lightweight, carbon-fiber body sits a turbocharged, 2.4-liter E-tec engine that produces 400 horsepower. Handling has been greatly improved with road-race stabilizer bars, high-performance cross-drilled brake rotors, three-way adjustable road-race shocks, and lightweight racing wheels and tires. A carbon fiber wing helps with aerodynamics and downforce and racing seats are adorned with custom embroidered Kid Rock logos.
Kid Rock obviously appreciates vintage cars, but he has some very desirable modern classics in his collection, too. One car that he rarely shows off is his 2006 Ford GT. This is possibly due to how rare the GT is, with only 4,038 being built by Ford during the entire production run. One thing that is known about the mid-engined two-seater is that it went to a Ford dealer to get an airbag fault repaired, with Kid Rock's assistant watching the car like a hawk the entire time. Kid Rock's father was the largest Ford dealer in Michigan, so sourcing this piece of automotive history probably wasn’t too difficult.
This electric blue 1962 Chevrolet Impala is a favorite at car shows and often displayed alongside Kid Rocks Pontiac Bonneville. The custom build was carried out by Jesse James, of Austin Speed Shop and West Coast Choppers fame. The highlight of the Impala is undoubtedly the big 409 V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors, mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The motor was known as the 409 because it produced 409 horsepower. The engine was so popular that The Beach Boys wrote a song about it. The Impala quickly became a favorite on the drag strip and a legendary muscle car.
The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is another vintage classic and has appeared in several movies including Joe Dirt, with Kid Rock making a cameo appearance as Robby, a Trans Am driving bully who could barely read. In the film, Kid Rock drove a Pontiac Trans Am. This is a case of art imitating life because Kid Rock owns a pristine example of the car. Just 7,500 10th anniversary models rolled off the production line, with only 1,871 receiving the W72 400 horsepower engine. The interior was also a limited release, with the screaming chicken Pontiac logo stitched into the front door sills and rear seat divider.
After making a guest appearance in Kid Rock's video for his song titled "Roll On", this 1967 Lincoln Continental became a part of his collection that he regularly displays in car shows. In the video, Kid Rock cruises the streets of Detroit, visiting famous landmarks such as Tiger Stadium, the former home of the Detroit Tigers. The car was chosen because it represented the heart and soul of Detroit, which was well known for its large automotive manufacturing industry and a long list of accomplishments in transport innovation. The Lincoln Continental was based on a four-door version of the Ford Thunderbird and its large size made parallel parking more difficult than it should have been.
Chevrolet obviously saw something special in Kid Rock's hit titled "Born Free" and they invited him to work on a collaboration, designing a customized 2016 Silverado to celebrate the songs release. The concept behind the unique build was to incorporate an attention grabbing design but with functions and features that appealed to working-class guys. A chrome-like metallic and black design was chosen for the exterior while 22-inch Chrome wheels and chrome assist steps help to ensure the Silverado stands out. Inside, a Kicker sound system was added, along with sill plates emblazoned with the Made In Detroit logo. Kid Rock described his song and the truck as a celebration of freedom and said that visiting the Chevrolet factory was one of the coolest things he’s ever done.
Being one to celebrate all things patriotic, Kid Rock also owns this incredible replica 1969 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard. Dodge Chargers are famous for their top speed and aggressive styling and are one of the most desirable and recognizable muscle cars from the 60s and 70s. Although The Dukes of Hazzard helped propel the Charger into the spotlight, the antics of Bo and Luke made the cars hard to come by, with the production destroying 325 Chargers over the course of 147 episodes. The Dukes of Hazzard was basically one long episode for the Dodge Charger and its 426-cubic-inch motor.
This classic pickup made a sneaky appearance on Kid Rock's social media one day, and judging by the condition, is one of his beater pickups. The 1957 Apache was the second series of pickup trucks that Chevrolet produced. It was also the first pickup to roll off the production line with Chevy's new 283-cubic-inch V8. But the Apache was made famous for its unique styling, being the first pickup truck to feature a wrap-around windshield, a large, open-mouthed grill and hood windsplits. The Apache is not easy to hunt down and finding one in pristine condition is virtually impossible.
Throughout the 1960s, Ford's slogan was "Total Performance" and the 1963 Galaxie 500 encapsulated that motto perfectly. The 427 V8 engine was actually 425 cubic inches and even today, a powerful mystique surrounds the 427. The engine was nicknamed The Cammer, purely because it was the first motor developed by Ford to have an overhead camshaft. At the time, they were petitioning NASCAR to allow overhead cams to be used. After their request was denied, they went ahead and started producing the 427 anyway, hoping the president of NASCAR would change his mind. The big V8 and the sleek lines and styling of the Galaxie meant that Ford finally had a muscle car that could hold its own.
Kid Rock's 1959 F100 is another pickup that rarely gets seen at shows, however, the collectability of this classic pickup makes it extremely desirable for any serious collector of classic cars. The F100 was the first time that a 4x4 truck was available from the Ford factory. The car only had a 292-cubic-inch motor, which, considering the weight of the truck, wasn’t exactly a showstopper. However, what it lacked in power, Ford made up for in build quality. The metal body was incredibly dense, making the F100 virtually impossible to dent or ding. This earned Ford a reputation for building reliable workhorse trucks.
In a homage to patriotic pride, Kid Rock not only started his own beer company but also bought a new Ford F150 truck to promote it. Selected Ford dealerships also offer a Kid Rock performance package, available on new F-150s. The Kid Rock Pack includes 20-inch black H103 performance wheels, a 6-inch Rocky Ridge suspension lift kit, 35-inch all terrain tires, a bullbar with 20-inch LED lights, a blacked-out grille and bumper, step-up bars, black ceramic exhaust tips, widebody fender flares, and custom black mud-digger graphics. Inside the F-150, the Kid Rock package replaces the stock seating with custom leather seats.
Even the most hardcore rocker appreciates the finer things in life, as Kid Rock's 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom demonstrates. The Phantom is a perfectly crafted blend of contemporary hardware and traditional luxury and in typical Rolls Royce style, has some very unique traits and quirks. One feature that is sure to appeal to Kid Rock's vintage tastes is the rear-hinged doors. No doubt, the rock star is also drawn to the musical-style instrumentation incorporated into the Phantom, with the entertainment system being operated by violin key switches and the upper vents being operated by push-pull organ stops.
The 1970s were clearly a time when fuel prices were of little concern and Cadillac released their 1973 Eldorado with an 8.2-liter V8. At the time, the Eldorado was the only luxury convertible on the market that was built in the USA and it was marketed as being the ultimate personal luxury car. Despite the huge engine, the Cadillac showcase could only achieve a 0-60 mph time of 10.3 seconds. Although the Cadillac is slow by today’s standards, the car has become a favorite with the lowrider community and Kid Rock had a top-of-the-line hydraulic air system installed to his slow, low cruiser.
Not technically a car, the Polaris Ranger is a four-wheeled work and recreation UTV that is perfect for hunting and off-roading. The 875cc, four-stroke, twin-cylinder motor has been reworked to give it a perfectly flat torque curve which makes acceleration of the Polaris smooth and precise. The Polaris also has a Pro-fit cab to shield the vehicle occupants from the elements, giving the Polaris the ability to be operated in all weather conditions, even heavy snow. As well as being a classic car enthusiast, Kid Rock is also a keen motorcycle enthusiast and he has been seen with the Polaris Ranger at dirt-bike meets.
Sometimes, when you own a vintage car collection as vast as Kid Rocks, you desire a bit of speed in your life. The 5.2 liter V8-powered Mustang is a modern-day muscle car designed purely to satisfy those cravings. The Mustang puts out 526 horsepower to the rear wheels and revs all the way up to 8,250 rpm. It rockets to 60 mph in just under four seconds. Another appealing aspect to the GT350 is the very distinctive warble that turns into a howl when the accelerator is floored. This is thanks to the design of the flat-plane crankshaft. Eye-watering acceleration and driver comfort combine to make the GT350, perhaps, the ultimate Mustang.
As you can see, Chevrolet cars dominate Kid Rocks car collection. The reason is quite simple and that is that Chevrolet makes some of the best muscle cars with many becoming instant classics. The Z28 Camaro is an example of a popular vintage car that is still appreciated by many today. The 1979 Camaro had some subtle styling changes over previous years, but the Chevrolet 350 ci V8 remained largely unchanged. The Z28 had newly designed flares and a front spoiler to improve the stance and profile of the car. The Camaro is probably the most striking looking two-door coupe from the classic muscle car era.
The Bugatti Veyron practically drips opulence everywhere you look and is widely considered to be the king of supercars. The Veyron is also the fastest production roadster ever manufactured, with its big 8.0-liter W16 engine propelling the car to a top speed of 408 km/hr. Of course, owning a Veyron is only an experience that the very wealthy can afford and the maintenance costs alone are astronomical. Only two sets of tires can be used before the wheels need to be replaced due to continuing integrity of the bead seal when driving at high speed. And when driven at top speed, the tires will only last for 15 minutes before they will need to be replaced.
Known as the Ferrari for Ferrari enthusiasts, the 458 is possibly the greatest car to wear the Ferrari badge. Technologically, it was a huge step up from what Ferrari had done previously and the 458 had a plethora of new systems that worked together to provide a very pure driving experience. With the release of the 458, Ferrari went from being a brand for wealthy poseurs to a brand for motoring purists. The 562-horsepower, 4.5-liter V8 was a masterstroke and is widely regarded as the best sounding engine in the automotive world. Best of all, the Ferrari is equally as impressive on the road as the track.
The Chevrolet 3100 is an iconic post-war pickup truck and with prices north of $25,000 on the used market, it’s been a reliable and sought-after favorite for collectors and enthusiasts alike. The 3100 was the first in the lineup of new commercial vehicles by Chevrolet following the end of World War II. The design phase of the 3100 had commenced in 1942 and with headlights integrated into the front bumper and split windshields, the 3100 looked thoroughly futuristic at the time. For the first time, the windscreen could not be cranked open at the bottom. Instead, Chevrolet marketed their new cab design as the cab that breathes with a new ducted air system and flip-open vents.
Sitting atop the food chain of classic muscle cars is undoubtedly the Chevrolet Chevelle SS. In a horsepower race between car manufacturers, Chevrolet eventually won out with the 450-horsepower, 454-cubic-inch V8. A total of 53,599 Chevelle SS models were built in 1970 but tracking down one in pristine condition, such as the one Kid Rock owns, is virtually impossible. Many have been owned by dozens of people since new, with many owners not realizing the cars future value and collectability, instead preferring to thrash on them due to their high-performance motor. Rare, pristine examples of the Chevelle SS generally start from $75,000
Sources: Street Muscle Mag, Mlive, Contract Music, and Maxim.