Everyone, whether they're a celebrity or a mere mortal, has their favored cars and trucks. And while the world may judge a person’s caliber or status by their car, ultimately, a car is a personal choice and may not reflect their bank balance at all. And frankly, does the world’s opinion about who should drive what really matter to anyone?
It certainly doesn't to Kid Rock, who drives uber-expensive wheels like the Bugatti Veyron but also keeps old classics around alongside. Kid Rock may not be a topmost musician as measured by the number of his fans, popularity, or even bank balance—but he certainly has managed to keep himself and his garage well-funded from the start.
That said, some cars are more of a pain to maintain than they are a pleasure to drive. And the older the car, the more time, money, and man-hours it demands to be in running conditions. Parts become difficult to find and while one may polish these old colossal beauties and keep them in mint condition, outwardly, their engines are old and need continuous rest and recuperation.
These are not the cars to take on long winding roads, they are the ones to make an appearance in and then roll back into the garage. And they do eat into savings, as well, because maintenance overheads are a pain. So while Kid Rock may take this advice or not, these are 10 cars he could think of booting out of his collection and 10 cars he should keep forever.
20 Give It The Boot: Cadillac Eldorado
Eldorado translates to “the golden” and this luxury car brand undoubtedly lived up to its name. It's golden—or rather, glory—days were between 1952 and 2002. It saw ten generations and was Cadillac’s best bet in the luxury car segment. More interestingly, in 1973, when the auto industry was wounded by the Oil Crisis, Cadillac introduced its facelift for the year with class-defying features. Kid Rock has the same vintage in his garage. However, as compared to the modern cars of today, the 1973 Eldorado is an enormous land-barge and doesn’t have enough need for speed.
19 Give It The Boot: WCC Cadillac Limousine
According to CarTrade, this musical genius is known for his distinctive style in music, appearance, and actions, which is probably the reason why his hard-knocking style is adored by his fans, even if they may not quite count as hordes. This characteristic stylishness reflects in the kind of cars that are parked in his bay. West Coast Customs (of Pimp My Ride fame) joined hands with Kid Rock for his high-class 1975 Cadillac Limousine. Back in 1975, this was GM’s full-size line, measuring about 6.4 meters in length. WCC guys gave this 210 horsepower V8 Caddy a gorgeous midnight black paint job with gold trim highlights. However, it is an old and forgotten classic. It’s good to make an appearance in, but this isn’t the car you’d want to tackle a long drive on the interstate in.
18 Give It The Boot: 1957 Chevrolet Apache
The 1957 Chevrolet Apache was a second-generation, light-duty pickup that used a brand-new, 4.6-liter V8 powerhouse. In its heydays, the Apache was hailed as a superstar for its exceptional and renewed styling. In the auto bazaar, it is dubbed as the first pickup truck to feature a pioneering wrap-around windshield. Most owners adored the pickup’s exteriors as it featured an openmouthed grill that made it iconic in the late sixties. That said, time flies and tastes change and for today’s era, the Apache is rather tasteless—especially in the face of beautiful mammoths, like the Ford Raptor and the Chevy Silverado. An aging Apache should now be relegated to the times of the relics and be laid to rest.
17 Give It The Boot: Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
This one is a legendary post-war pickup truck. And by legendary, we mean a legend of the past. The buying behavior of consumers keeps on changing with time and the current-generation rides are far more comfortable, if not tougher, than the old ones. Strangely, Kid Rock has a fascination with classic rides and he went through the used car bazaar to acquire this 1947 Chevy 3100. During its heydays, the Chevy 3100 pickup was regarded as the king of all the pickups and it housed a 3.5-liter inline-six unit under its hood. You may not believe it but its design was way ahead of its time, as well. But place it next to a modern Chevy pickup and the glory fades just like that.
16 Give It The Boot: Pontiac Bonneville
For its debut, the Pontiac Bonneville was one of the heaviest cars available in the market because of its sheer size. Some of its variants are also known as the largest Pontiacs ever built. Kid Rock has one that he acquired for a massive price: a whopping $225,000. The reason was also that Nudie Cohn, a celebrity car customizer, who’s also known for his dressmaking skills, custom-built Kid Rock’s 1964 Bonneville. He changed the entire interior of the car and fixed a set of six-foot-wide Texas Longhorns to the front of the car. He later used this modified Bonneville in his patriotic anthem, "Born Free". Perhaps, that’s the best way to honor these classic beauties. They look great in the garage and in music videos but take them out on a normal road and Kid Rock would be eating dust.
15 Give It The Boot: Ford F-100
The Ford F-series pickup line has many feathers on its cap. It pioneered four-wheel drive technology for trucks and made it available for the masses. Buyers swear by its name, as the build quality was exceptional—especially in the past—making it practically impossible to dent. According to Car and Driver, in the United States, the F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle since 1986. Any classic car collector would do anything to add it to their collection and Kid Rock owns a 1959 F-100. These mammoths look good in the garages but lack massively in the power department. And maintaining them is a marathon task, especially if the model was discontinued so long ago. It could be a good donation to a museum, maybe?
14 Give It The Boot: Pontiac Trans Am
It seems Kid Rock loves to acquire classic cars just to feature them in his music videos. And undoubtedly, these classic beauties add a lot to the music videos, if not the music. Another one of his relics is a 1979 10th Year Anniversary Pontiac Trans Am that he featured in the movie Joe Dirt. He actually made a cameo in this movie and seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed driving his Trans Am. Well, it’s a 10th Anniversary collector’s car and is a rarity, as only 7,500 were ever sold. However, this muscle car left the market around seventeen years ago and preserving one of them could cost a fortune. Plus, better cars are aplenty in today’s car bazaar.
13 Give It The Boot: Lincoln Continental
Kid Rock was born in Detroit and he loves the city more than anything else in the world. Obviously, he would have a soft heart for the Detroit metal and so, has a Lincoln Continental among his fleet of cars. He chose to feature his 1967 Lincoln in his upcoming music video for "Roll On", as the car was born in Detroit too. Ford is the heart and soul of this motor city and Kid Rock wanted to express this through his music album. It’s a good thought and he drove the car in his favorite city’s roads while filming the clip. According to Motor1, the car is favored by collectors and has made a cameo in a lot of motion pictures. They look good but are nothing more than eye candy in a garage.
12 Give It The Boot: Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Chevrolet forayed into the muscle cars segment with the Chevelle SS in the mid-90s and was all geared up to take on its rivals. This supercar was a real powerplant, as it carried a mammoth 7.4-liter Big Block V8 oil-burner under its hood that was good enough to belt out a peak output of 450 horsepower and 500 ft-lb of torque. The Chevelle SS is a classic beauty and Kid Rock has one parked in his bay in a spotless condition. However, it’s an old car that’s fit for days gone by and has nothing over more modern cars, so it deserves to be gently let go.
11 Give It The Boot: Cadillac V16
According to The Guardian, Kid Rock calls his 1930 black Cadillac a 100-point car, and it looks flawless in each and every department. He also mentioned in an interview that his Caddy V16 Cabriolet oozes elegance and snobbery that no other car can match to date. However, honestly, the 30s Caddy is no match to the current generation of cars and maintaining old cars can cost an arm and a leg, too. It is rumored that his Caddy was worth half a million. Well, he may have to shell out another fortune to keep the car in a running condition—and probably does. While it’s cool to maintain a classic car or two, Rock has gone a little overboard with his collection and may need to shuffle his pieces around.
10 A Keeper: Rolls-Royce Phantom
Having a Rolls-Royce parked in your driveway means that you belong to the upper strata of the society, something that’s considered a must in the elite world. People usually buy one to declare to the world that they have reached the pinnacle of success. And why not? This uber-luxurious car is laden with all the creature comforts of life and is a bold statement on its own. If you want to arrive in style at an extravaganza, you must have one in your garage. Kid Rock has a black Rolls-Royce Phantom in pristine condition. And it does match his stylishness in the musical world. And honestly, once you roll in a Royce, there can be no other wheels for you.
9 A Keeper: GMC Sierra 1500
Kid Rock and Rocky Ridge Trucks of Georgia have had a longstanding friendship. Together, they have developed one of the best-customized vehicles and enjoyed every bit of the association. Kid Rock wanted to customize a GMC Sierra 1500 and Rocky Ridge Trucks put in their best to satisfy their best customer. To start with, the truck got their trademark K2 package that arms the truck with more ground clearance so that it can decimate the outdoors. The truck was then armed with an advanced 2.9-liter Twin Screw Whipple supercharger, plasma cut “Detroit Cowboy” logos to the tailgate, and made-to-order embroidered leather seats. The end result was a larger-than-life customized bully that can take any kind of terrain head on and its one handy vehicle to keep, for sure.
8 A Keeper: Chevy Camaro SS
Kid Rock is one of the very few lucky people whose wishes come true on their birthday. So, even if his wish was a Chevrolet Camaro SS, well, GM decided to gift Kid Rock a 2011 Camaro SS on his 40th birthday. He actually thought that he was being punked and the whole thing was staged. But, it was a sweet surprise and none other than NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson presented him with this gift in a musical extravaganza. After the event, he mentioned in an interview that this gesture from GM made his day and it’s something that will remain in his heart forever. And we are assuming this will make him keep the Camaro forever, too.
7 A Keeper: Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD
Kid Rock, apart from his music, is also known for his creative work on a heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD. He exhibited the car in the 2015 SEMA show because his creative work was a tribute to the workers of the United States. He wanted to tell the whole world about the celebration of freedom. He mentioned in an interview that GM’s Flint plant in Michigan and its hardworking workforces are the pillars of the United States economy. His Silverado had a bigger bowtie emblem on the front grill and had patriotic graphics on the exterior on the car, so it looked like a dream.
6 A Keeper: Ford GT
Kid Rock has a penchant for classic cars and he has a dozen of them in his garage. All of them are in immaculate condition and demand astronomical maintenance costs. In fact, his car collection is a combination of old and modern classics. While the old classics may not make the right sense in today’s era, the modern classics of the early 2000s are worth every penny. One of them is a first-generation 2006 Ford GT that is very close to his heart. His father was the owner of the largest Ford dealership in Michigan and he never let it go, keeping it as a reminder of his childhood.
5 A Keeper: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
The Mustang is an iconic model in the automobile world and every car enthusiast knows that. It’s a dream machine for every car lover and makes a statement that you own one of the most powerful manmade machines on the planet. Kid Rock's 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 hides a 5.2-liter V8 power keg under it hood that can crank out a maximum of 526 horsepower while revving all the way to a whopping 8,250 RPM. Its engine roars when you floor the accelerator and that’s what Kid Rock loves about this supercar. Again, it’s a Ford and a Shelby and a Mustang, so for three major reasons, it’s a keeper for Kid Rock.
4 A Keeper: The Dukes Of Hazzard Dodge Charger
We all know about the famous hit series The Dukes of Hazzard. Bo and Luke roamed around in their bright orange Dodge Charger to lug their contraband across the South. The car is so phenomenal that evading cops was never a problem when they were at the wheel of their beloved General Lee. Everything was possible, as the car was armed with a phenomenal 7.0-liter mill that could make the car fly like a supersonic jet—at least, in the TV series. This 1969 Dodge Charger may be a rarity today but Kid Rock has an exact replica and he’ll never let it go for sure.
3 A Keeper: Bugatti Veyron
This is one car that needs no introduction and is a living legend, period. Its extraordinary design drips lavishness from all approaches, as does its exorbitant price. It is dubbed as the monarch of all speed behemoths in the car bazaar and only the crème de la crème of society can afford it. This legendary car houses a massive, 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 under its hood. The W16 engine, in fact, is formed by splicing together two narrow-angle V8 engines. With its iconic power figures, this expensive car is worth every penny and Kid Rock should keep it forever.
2 A Keeper: Jesse James 1962 Chevrolet Impala
Not all classic cars need to be given the boot, and certainly not the iconic Impala. This is one car that enjoys an evergreen status in the history of automobiles. The car has never really aged and still rules the roost. It has been the dream of every 'Murican muscle car fan from the day it debuted in the car bazaar. Kid Rock also has an electric blue 1962 Chevrolet Impala that was exclusively custom-built by Jesse James, who's been associated with the Austin Speed Shop and West Coast Choppers for donkey's years. He gave the Impala a brand-new avatar, including a 409 V8 as its heart, and it looks even more spectacular than before. This one is clearly a keeper.
1 A Keeper: Ferrari 458
A lot of motoring enthusiasts truly believe that Ferrari 458 is the best of all the Ferrari cars ever built by the legendary automaker. According to Carwale, everything about the car is phenomenal, especially its characteristic engine note that’s a delight to all the senses. We’re sure Kid Rock won’t mind turning down the music in his car—even if he plays his own songs—to listen to the sound of that beautiful engine. The 458 carries a 4.5-liter Ferrari-Maserati F136 V8 unit that puts out 562 horsepower and 398 ft-lb of torque. The supercar takes just 3.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and should be in Rock’s garage for the long haul.
Sources: Car and Driver, Motor1, The Guardian, and CarTrade.