The mega Friends star has come a long way since his days riding around in a 1980s Nissan pickup truck. LeBlanc recalls creating havoc in the front lawn of an ex-girlfriend with the truck. Oh the younger days! According to his recent interview with Men’s Journal LeBlanc has upgraded quite nicely since his days with the Nissan and 1978 Chevrolet Blazer; “I have six Porsches that I kind of rotate through, a Mercedes, and a big dually truck. You know what I'm going to buy next? One of those new Ford Focus RS's. All-wheel drive, 350 horsepower, turbo four. Sounds fun.”
His personal tastes have definitely changed from the cars he owns to the cars that he wants and doesn’t want. As they say knowledge is power! A surprising fact is LeBlanc’s heavy background when it comes to both cars and bikes. Did you know he created a dirt bike engine? He also has experience in race car driving!
Prepared to be wowed as we take a look at some of the more unique rides hiding away in the garage of Matt LeBlanc. Given his Italian background some Ferrari models aren’t all that surprising. However certain Fiat and Pantera models might have you scratching that head of yours. We’ll also take a unique look at cars he wouldn’t buy. Among the notables he wouldn’t but, let’s just say some might be surprising given his love for the brand.
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18 Matt’s Garage: Pantera
We all have different spending habits. Who can recall their first big pay cheque? Some put a down deposit on a home while it isn’t uncommon for others to purchase a vehicle. We’ve seen this a number of times in the past with the likes of WWE Superstar John Cena or even Shaquille O’Neal. Matt LeBlanc is no different.
Following a massive pay from Friends he decided to make a big purchase on a rare vehicle, the De Tomaso Pantera.
The car has a brief history dating back to the 1970s. Production ended in 1992 with under 7,500 units created. Matt tells Car and Driver the car was a pricey investment due to various restorations; “I bought a Pantera. It was a labor of love eventually. I ended up spending a lot of money on that thing. My third motor was a 420 Windsor block that made about 600 horsepower.”
17 Matt’s Garage: Porsche Carrera 4 GTS
LeBlanc calls this ride among his daily drivers, the 2012 Porsche Carrera 4 GTS. The ride isn’t the most affordable however starting at over $96,500. LeBlanc can make comfortable payments on the ride from Friends reruns alone! Most of us wish we can say the same... Matt did his homework on the ride as it’s an all-wheel drive – a rarity for Porsche at the time of the car’s release. The model also has a top speed of 197 mph along with 0-60 mph in 4 seconds according to Road and Track. A speedy and durable car, Matt made the right decision with this Porsche as his every day driver.
16 Matt’s Garage: Ferrari 360 Modena
His character on Friends was a true Italian. In real-life, LeBlanc also has Italian roots in his family heritage. Matt’s father Paul is of French-Canadian decent while his mother has an Italian background.
That said, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Matt spends top dollar on the best Italian car company, Ferrari.
He bought a couple of Ferrari rides in the past. The most notable is the 360 Modena. According to Car Keys LeBlanc kept the ride for more than a decade. However like so many other celebrities Matt kept the car in great condition with only 9,000 miles in 12 years!
15 Matt’s Garage: Porsche 911 Turbo S (966)
Just imagine a Porsche 911 Turbo S as your daily driver? Does that seem like a life you’d want to live? Most out there probably screamed out with a confident yes! That’s the reality for LeBlanc who uses this ride among his daily drivers. He explains to Car and Driver that the 911 Turbo S is among the rides he uses on a daily basis when he’s back from the UK (in the UK he gets driven around in a S-Class); “My daily driver is between a 2012 ML63 and a 2014 911 Turbo S, or I have a 2012 Carrera 4 GTS that’s great, stick shift, silver over black.”
14 Matt’s Garage: 1985 Nissan Pickup
He doesn’t have the car any longer however back in the mid-80s Matt’s first car was a 1985 pickup. LeBlanc recalls the purchase with Car and Driver; “It was in 1985 and it was a 1984 Nissan pickup truck. It was brand new and my dad gave it to me. I was, on the one hand, excited but, on the other, disappointed because I wanted something that needed some work done. I wanted that hands-on experience.”
Although he enjoyed the car and taking a motor elective course in high school, Matt wanted more of a challenge.
Given the car needed no restoration he would flip it for one that did. Which car you ask? Scroll to the next entry.
13 Matt’s Garage: 1978 Chevrolet Blazer
He wanted a car to restore so the second ride was 1978 Chevrolet Blazer. Although it was an admirable decision LeBlanc admits it was a lot of work. Compared to the Nissan Pickup the Blazer needed lots of restoration. He explains the modifications to Car and Driver; “I changed the cam in it—a little higher lift and a little longer duration, but not too crazy because I wanted it to idle. It was a great car. I did everything myself. Did the body work and painted it in school. I went to a tech school and was a carpentry major.”
12 Matt’s Garage: Porsche 911 GT2 RS
For those that are fans of the Friends series you might remember Joey and the episode he dressed up in full Porsche gear. He pretended to own a Porsche car. The irony is that he’s owned six different Porsches at once. He admits to Men’s Journal that his wildest ride currently sitting in his garage is the ultra-fast 911 GT2 RS; “A 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS — 620 horsepower, manual transmission, rear-wheel drive. It'll bite you. Makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.”
For those interested, the new model doesn’t come cheap.
The starting price is at a value of almost $300,000. Back when Joey purchased the ride it had a starting price of $245,000. LeBlanc admits it’s worth every penny.
11 Matt’s Garage: Ferrari 458 Italia
If you thought the mileage on the Modena was low wait until you hear the mileage on his 458 Italia. According to Car Keys the vehicle had only 600 miles in the first two years of purchase. A couple of reasons, for one Matt is no fool to maintaining a car’s value. Basically the less miles the better especially for resale value. In addition he’s a busy man. Not only was he shooting with Top Gear and going around the world but he’s also spending most of his time over in the UK these days. So the car just might be sitting in his garage which is an absolute crime. With a top speed of 340 km/h and a 0-100 km/h in under 3 seconds the car needs to be driven!
10 Matt’s Garage: Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
Matt’s number of SUV types isn’t exactly comparable to the number of Porsche's that he currently owns. However his every day driver is the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. When comparing luxury, comfort and well speed, this is the perfect car for the Friends star. According to Car Keys the model has no shortage of speed capabilities with a 518 bhp twin-turbo V8 engine.
Despite the size of the car it has remarkable acceleration potential, being able to hit 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
LeBlanc definitely did his homework on this ride. The high-performer doesn’t come cheap however with a worth of nearly $100,000.
9 Matt’s Garage: Fiat X1/9
Designed by the infamous Gruppo Bertone, the rare Fiat X1/9 is another rare vehicle previously owned by Matt LeBlanc. The revamped Bertone version created under 20,000 models. The car got great reviews and according to Car Keys it was among the best-selling mid-engine productions back in the 80s. This is definitely a rare purchase and one you don’t see a celebrity make every day. It just goes to show that LeBlanc has a deep knowledge when it comes to vehicles. Many were also surprised when he was brought on as the host of Top Gear but he has shown full value since getting the gig.
8 Matt’s Garage: Suzuki GSX-R Series
Not only does he love to drive fast cars but LeBlanc has also taken an interest in riding and restoring bikes. Among his favourite rides is the Suzuki GSX-R Series. During his interview with Car and Driver LeBlanc admits his new passion is working on dirt bikes; “I love to work on dirt bikes. A dirt bike has the absolute essential shit to run. It’s as stripped down and bare basic as there is. Taking them apart and putting them back together, it’s like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It evacuates my mind of things that I love to not spend time thinking about.”
7 Matt’s Garage: Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Back in 2017 LeBlanc took his passion for riding and put it on full display for the Top Gear cameras. During the episode his ride of choice was the Ducati 1299 Superleggera – a ride that’s no slouch when it comes to speed capabilities. The real kicker of this ride is the weight, it saves so much in that department making it that much quicker.
It’s not a cheap ride however with a price tag of $80,000.
For those that are interested in watching LeBlanc and his experience with the ride you won’t be disappointed as he takes on Chris Harris’ Bugatti Chiron in the episode.
6 Matt’s Garage: Aprilia 50cc Scooter
Not only did he purchase a scooter (why wouldn’t he, he’s Italian!) by LeBlanc calls his restorations on the Aprilia among his very best. He remembers building an engine for the ride - one of his proudest moments; “I've rebuilt a few engines. Mostly bikes. One time I had a little Aprilia 50cc scooter and I ordered a 70cc big bore kit to swap in, and timed myself how fast I could do it. I think I did it in a couple of hours — changed the head, the pistons, the cylinder, and the black box. That was fun.”
5 Matt’s Garage: 1987 Porsche Carrera 930
It isn’t just about modern day Porsche types. LeBlanc also has a slew of classics from the 964, 88 Carrera and 930 Carrera. Once again the most remarkable parts of these rides is how he managed to keep them in mint condition through the years. He explains to Car and Driver; “I had a 964. An RS America. Without spending a lot of money on a 964, I don’t like the way they turn in. That’s what Singer starts with—a 964. It’s a good car if you spend a lot of money, but I wanted to keep it bone stock. That RS America was a marketing scam: There’s nothing RS about that car. But I have an ’88 Carrera and an ’87 930 that’s mint. Only 10,000 miles and black over cashmere.”
4 Matt’s Garage: D6M XL Bulldozer
As if LeBlanc’s love for cars wasn’t surprising enough how about the fact that he bought a darn Bulldozer!
Now he won’t be using this ride as an every day driver, instead we can find LeBlanc using the massive machine out on his California ranch.
According to Car Keys he initially bought the bulldozer in order to create a motocross track. He loves them dirt bikes so this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. It definitely isn’t a cheap investment with similar models selling at over $40,000. Nonetheless much respect goes to LeBlanc for his DIY, do it yourself mentality.
3 Wouldn’t Touch: Reliant Rialto
For those that are familiar with the vehicle model you’re likely cringing just by reading the car’s name. The Rialto’s legacy isn’t a good one and it’s considered the very worst vehicle to come out of the 80s. Created with three wheels the intent of the ride was to create something cheap with a low fuel economy. That’s admirable but the vehicle certainly was not. Reviewers typically complained about the stiffness of the vehicle. Turns out Matt feels the same way, according to his interview with Men’s Journal he ranks the vehicle among the very worst he’s ever driven; “I just had to drive a Reliant Rialto. It's a British three-wheeler. Absolute piece of [garbage]. Terrible car. Flips over in roundabouts.”
2 Wouldn’t Touch: Porsche 914
“I'm not a fan of the 914, though I know there are some die-hard fans out there. I'll get letters about that. To me a Porsche needs to be a 911. That's just the way I am.” Again LeBlanc is skeptical when it comes to Porsche models that aren’t the 911. Now in truth the 914 doesn’t have the same lacklustre legacy comparable to the 924, but it is unconventional in terms of classic Porsche rides from both the past and present. Certain models tend to look cheapish due to the heavy materials. A Porsche needs to be light!
1 Wouldn’t Touch: Porsche 924
No matter what the car company every brand has that lemon they want us to forget about. Although Matt loves Porsche he does describe the 924 as a model he would never purchase. He explains to Men’s Journal; “It was designed to be a budget Porsche, and that's what it is. To me a Porsche needs to be a 911. That's just the way I am.” Matt definitely has a point. According to Cars Guide models can be found for dirt cheap – under $10,000. Visually the car doesn’t resemble a Porsche either looking way too heavy.