Bruce Willis is one of the most famous action movie stars on the planet—he’s a man whose name has almost transcended actor and celebrity status. He’s almost always played the macho tough guy who has to save the planet, or the city, or the girl, and he does it well. He’s also been the face for Daihatsu and has driven some pretty sweet cars in the films he’s starred in.
But some of the cars he’s owned are actually cooler than the ones he’s driven in the movies. Willis used to be a huge muscle car collector and gearhead, and he’s owned some pretty rare vehicles in his day. Many of those have gone to auction, however, because in 2010, he told Auto Evolution that he swore off muscle cars. They were something of an addiction to him.
For whatever reason, tough guy Bruce Willis seemed to think it was time to go green or something, so he got rid of some of his coolest cars, such as the 1967 Chevy Corvette, the 1968 Shelby GT500, and others we’ll get into. However, since he’s still a living legend, rather than a deceased one, it should be important to note that just because you might have a car once owned by Bruce Willis on your hands doesn’t mean that it’s worth millions now. His celebrity provenance certainly added some value to the cars he auctioned off but probably not any extra zeroes.
Let’s take a look at 11 cars that he’s owned at one time or another, followed by 9 cars that he’s been seen driving in his films.
20 1968 Dodge Charger (Owns)
Around this time last year, Bruce Willis’ epic 1968 Dodge Charger was put on auction. It was a rare “Bullitt” edition model (the car the bad guy drove during the chase, not Steve McQueen), and it had another famous owner besides Willis: Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay. Willis’ wife at the time, Demi Moore, bought the Charger in 1998 for her husband. A decade later, Willis sold it to Jay Kay, who was the owner at the time of the auction. It featured a gargantuan, 8.2-liter engine with a quoted 375 bhp and it went through a full engine rebuild in 2014 at the cost of around $32,000.
19 1968 Shelby GT500 (Owns)
Bruce Willis owned this beautiful, classic 1968 Shelby GT500 before he put it and three other muscle cars in his collection up for auction in 2008 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The auction also included memorabilia from the family of action star Steve McQueen, including photos, movie posters, and personal effects. The Shelby GT500, also called the Shelby Mustang, was a variant of the Ford Mustang that was built by Shelby between 1965 and 1968, and then from 1969 to 1970 by Ford. After the introduction of the fifth-generation Ford Mustang in 2005, the Shelby nameplate was revived as a high-performance model, and in 2020 we’ll see a new Mustang Shelby GT500!
18 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 (Owns)
Bruce Willis obviously had quite an affinity for muscle cars, as we can tell by the last two entries and now this one. His 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 was one of the four cars sold at auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum in 2008. The Firebird had a long life, from 1967-2002, and it was also a name shared with GM concept cars in the 1950s and early 1960s. The 1968 model is part of the first generation (of a total of four generations), and the 400 came equipped with a 400 CID Pontiac V8 that had a 330 horsepower output. Smokey and the Bandit would later make the Firebird Trans Am a household name.
17 1957 Chevrolet Corvette (Owns)
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most famous cars ever built and it’s also had a long life through different models throughout the years. It’s been manufactured since 1953 and has widely become known as this country's premier sports car. After starring in the early 1960s TV show, Route 66, the Vette became synonymous with freedom and adventure. It’s the most successful concept car and sports car in history. Bruce Willis sold his 1957 'Vette as part of the four-car auction at Petersen Automotive Museum in 2008. The car was right in the middle of the first generation (1953-1962) and was the first model to have an optional “Ramjet” fuel-injection system available.
16 1954 Chevrolet 3100 (Owns)
Another classic car that went up for auction late last year, this 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup was built for and owned by Bruce Willis. Last month (January 2019) it hit the auction block at Barrett-Jackson. The auction listing said that the truck was built for the action star in the early 1990s and he owned it until November 2014. He then sold it to a friend in Santa Monica, California, who sold it to the current owner in Alberta, Canada. The truck came equipped with a 350cid V8 engine paired with a four-speed manual transmission, and it included a custom air-conditioned interior, seats wrapped in camel-colored leather, and the front clip and rear differential from a Chevy Nova.
15 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Owns)
Perhaps the most sought after 'Vette of all the 'Vettes is the Stingray model, which was built from 1963-1968 as the C2, from 1968-1973 as the C3, and since 2014 as the C7. Bruce Willis’ C2 Stingray is a second-generation Corvette and a final year model of that generation. It has classic Stingray exterior styling with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail. The car’s lineage can be traced to two separate GM projects: the Q-Corvette concept, and Mitchell’s racing Sting Ray. It’s called a Stingray due to its remarkably accurate representation of the sea animal when looked at from an aerial view.
14 1988 Lincoln Limousine (Owns)
There was a time in Bruce Willis’ life when he swore off muscle cars—which had become a sort of addiction for him—which is why you’re seeing so many of his awesome 1960s and 70s cars were sold at auction. This 1988 Lincoln limousine was decidedly not a muscle car but it was sold alongside two other muscle cars (his Firebird 400 and the 1967 Corvette above) in a 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction. Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson said, “The Lincoln Limo also tells a story as it was used during Bruce’s most iconic film.” The dark blue limo was used on the set of Willis’ TV series, 'Moonlighting', and it was also used during the filming of 'Die Hard'.”
13 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad (Owns)
The 1955 Chevy Bel Air Nomad predates one of the most iconic cars of all time: the eponymous “57 Chevy.” The Bel Air was a full-size car produced between 1950 and 1981, initially only as a two-door hardtop (1950-52), to distinctly differentiate it from the Styleline and Fleetline models. The 1955 is a first-year model from the second generation, when the car received all new styling and power. It was called the “Hot One” in GM’s advertising campaign, with a clean, crisp styling and a Ferrari-inspire grille. It used a V8 engine with the option of a two-speed Powerglide automatic or a standard three-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission. The two-barrel carburetor V8 was rated at 162 horsepower.
12 Land Rover Range Rover (Owns)
Pretty much every celebrity has owned a Range Rover at one time or another and Bruce Willis is no different. There’s something about this high-end SUV that completely enamors celebrities. Whether it’s the $90,000 price point, the sleek curves, or the power of the 5.0-liter V8, since 1970, Land Rover has done well with this beauty. Paparazzi have spotted Bruce Willis driving in this car, as well as his ex-wife Demi Moore, and his daughter, Rumer Willis (Bruce and Demi’s eldest daughter). After its fourth generation, from 2012 to the present, people were ecstatic to hear that Land Rover is planning a new, fifth-generation model for 2020, which will use the Evoque nameplate.
11 Cadillac Escalade (Owns)
Another very high-end full-size SUV that is one of the favorite cars driven by celebrities is the Cadillac Escalade. It seems like since the early 2000s, this car has been a huge hit, mainly with younger celebs, hip-hop artists, and rock stars. But Bruce Willis is neither of those things—he almost transcends celebrity status—and he still owns one. In an interview with Rolling Stone from 2000, one of the first things they mention is how, before the interview, “Willis – in khakis, a T-shirt, and a leather jacket – is splayed out in the back seat of a Cadillac Escalade, relaxing after more than 10 hours on the set of Bandits, a comedy costarring Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.”
10 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Le Mans Edition (Owns)
Bruce Willis’ most expensive car is not one of his souped-up muscle cars but it’s his beautiful Bentley Continental GT Speed Le Mans Edition, which is the king of kings in luxury and comfort. The Le Mans Edition of this car marked an important milestone of the return to the high-performance GT car. In January 2018, Bruce Willis actually auctioned off his Le Mans Edition Bentley, which was #1 of 48, of all things. It had only 1,586 miles, and included bespoke 21-inch, seven-spoke wheels, a clock face, wing badge, numbered badge, sill plates, and headrest embroidery. It was outfitted with a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W12 engine that gave it 606 horsepower, luxurious Beluga leather with red stitching, and carbon fiber dash panels.
9 Mercedes-Benz Unimog (A Good Day To Die Hard)
Bruce drove this bad-boy Unimog in A Good Day to Die Hard, the exhilarating 2013 action film where he returns as NY cop John McClane. Mercedes-Benz actually sponsored the film, as you’ll see all the cars the main characters drive (his daughter drives a C-Class, Jack McClane drives a Sprinter van). Bruce steals this Unimog to cause some mayhem, as well as a G-Wagen that he drives around and on top of cars, in one of the craziest off-roading experiences we’ve seen on the silver screen. In all, A Good Day to Die Hard did a great job showcasing the potential of these cars and absolutely put them through the wringer. Good thing Mercedes gave the execs four models of each car!
8 BMW 7 Series (Death Wish)
The BMW 7 Series was a product placement vehicle Bruce Willis drove in Death Wish, a drama-crime film put out by Eli Roth last year. It’s a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film and both films were based on the Brian Garfields novels but the recent iteration was met with rather mediocre acclaim (and that’s being generous). The BMW 7 Series, on the other hand, has been met with much better acclaim, as it’s been produced by the automaker since 1977. The full-size sedan was first powered by a straight-six petrol engine back in 1977, but the one Willis drove, a sixth-generation model, uses a turbocharged inline-four, straight-six, or V8 engine.
7 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (Red)
In Red, a 2010 comedy-action film, Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA agent who must reassemble his old team for an all-out battle against a squad of hit men. It also features an ensemble cast, with Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren making appearances. Like pretty much every cop car you see on the streets, Willis drives a Ford Crown Victoria, noted for its durability and reliability. The Crown Vic Police Interceptor is a frame-on-body sedan that was manufactured from 1992 to 2011 with the express purpose of being used by law enforcement and, of course, many are still in use today.
6 Porsche Carrera GTS (Red 2)
Red 2 was the 2013 follow-up to the first film where Bruce Willis returns once again as Frank Moses. He and Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) are trying to retire again but that obviously can’t happen, as a Cold War weapon resurfaces and gets in the wrong hands. In the film, Bruce Willis takes a 997 Porsche Carrera GTS for a spin. It’s actually Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character’s car, but Willis uses it for a car chase. Much more impressive than the Crown Vic, the 911 Carrera GTS is a $120,000 sports car that runs on a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and gets 450 horsepower. Car and Driver says it’s a car that fulfills the ultimate driving experience and is the “peak of the power-to-price curve.”
5 Renault Latitude (Moonrise Kingdom)
The Renault Latitude was the car that Bruce Willis arrived in at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, to celebrate the amazing drama-teen film, Moonrise Kingdom. The film is set in 1965 and it’s a quirky Wes Anderson film about two 12-year-olds who have fallen in love and decide to run away. It stars Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, and Tilda Swinton. It was well-received, and in the film, Willis played the “iconic policeman,” according to Anderson. The Renault Latitude is a simple executive car that has been in production since 2010 and it starts at the reasonable price of $29,810.
4 1987 Nissan 300ZX (Blind Date)
Blind Date was a 1987 romcom that was pretty popular in its day and it starred Bruce Willis as a bachelor who is set up with his sister-in-law’s pretty cousin, played by Kim Basinger. Their blind date turns into a chaotic night on the town. Throughout the film, Willis drives around in a hot 1987 Nissan 300ZX, which was part of the Z-car family from Nissan, built between 1983 and 1989, and then the second generation from 1989 to 2000. The car was unique and came at a reasonable $12-18,000 price point. The Z31, which Willis drove, had five engine options, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter V6, a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V6, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, and more.
3 Harley-Davidson FXR Super Glide (Pulp Fiction)
Pulp Fiction was, of course, Quentin Tarantino’s fine film, a film that messed with plot structure and chronology like no other movie before it. This iconic 1994 movie is often cited in lists of the top 10 films of all time and more often is considered as Tarantino’s best. Bruce Willis plays a boxer on the run from mobsters after not throwing a match he’s supposed to and he steals this Harley to flee with his pretty wife. Willis is arguably the protagonist in the film, though it’s hard to really find any one character who could be considered the “main” character.
2 1980 Honda Civic SL (Pulp Fiction)
In Pulp Fiction, when Bruce Willis isn’t driving the awesome Harley that he steals, his regular car is a much more humble, low-key 1980 Honda Civic SL. This is the car that he drives when he returns to his place to retrieve his father’s gold watch—in a scene where he (spoiler alert) does away with one of the mobsters and a fellow “protagonist” played by John Travolta. This little hatchback was part of the second generation of Civics, which debuted in 1979 as a more angular car than its predecessors, with more power and larger dimensions. It served Willis well in the film, and it served millions of other real-life people well off the silver screen, as well.
1 RMC Scorpion (Looper)
Arguably one of the strangest films Bruce Willis has been in, Looper was a 2012 sci-fi drama set in a future society where time-travel exists. Forget what was mentioned about Pulp Fiction playing with chronology and plot timing like nothing else—this is the film that really messes with your mind. Bruce Willis plays the older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, and in the film, he drives this awesome RMC Scorpion. The Ronn Motor Company Scorpion is a futuristic supercar concept that ran on a hydrogen system, making the car amazingly fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. It ran off a 450-hp, 3.5-liter Acura twin-turbo V6 engine, could run 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and had a top speed of 200 mph.
Sources: Motor Authority, Barrett-Jackson, and Top Speed.