Being one of the most successful actors in Hollywood has enabled Johnny Depp to make lavish purchases. While Depp came into the radar of the mainstream through the television program 21 Jump Street and movies such as Don Juan DeMarco, it wasn't until Depp starred in Pirates of the Carribean as Captain Jack Sparrow that his net worth drastically increased.
The character that Depp played became so popular that the producers asked him to reprise the role another four times. Depp earned an average salary of $30 million for each movie and decided to purchase mansions, cars, a yacht, and a jet, as well as hiring numerous staff to ensure that he and his family got first class treatment wherever they travel.
Although experts project Depp's net worth to have peaked at $400 million, his extravagant spending caught up with him. Depp blamed his financial advisors for mismanaging his funds, but they claim that they had no control over his splurging. Reports indicate that Depp owned more than forty cars. We wanted to see which cars Depp owned, so we explored his garage. Since Depp has suffered several financial drawbacks in the last few years, we wanted to determine the cars he can no longer afford and the ones that are still within his budget.
15 Can't Afford: Private Jet
When Depp found himself in financial trouble, he resorted to selling his cars, houses, art, and books. One of the possessions that Depp refused to part ways with was his private jet. He stated that the fight with the paparazzi on a commercial plane would cause him a tremendous amount of stress, which he could not handle.
Since Depp is cash strapped, he might need to downgrade to commercial flights. He might have to deal with the paparazzi while flying, but that's better than filing for broke. Some Hollywood actors aren't aware that they live in a parallel universe.
14 Can't Afford: Vajoliroja Yacht
Wanting to honor his girlfriend at the time, Depp named his yacht Vajoliroja by combining his girlfriend's name Vanessa Paradis, his name, as well as his children. When he married Amber Heard, he changed the name to Amphitrite to honor her. Author J.K. Rowling bought the yacht from Depp and sold it a year later for $10 million less than she bought it.
Although Rowling is a billionaire, it seems that even she thought the yacht was too expensive to maintain. If it's too expensive for a billionaire, then Depp can't afford it.
13 Can't Afford: Chevrolet Nova
Most of the cars that Depp owned are classics. One of those cars was the Chevrolet Nova. Chevrolet produced the car through five generations. The automaker built the Nova on the X-body platform and as a replacement for the 1980 Chevrolet Citation. The Nova had a beautiful exterior, but the car had more than good looks. Under the bonnet was a powerful V8 engine that could propel the car to high speeds and pump out 295 horsepower.
Although the early models are several decades old, the car looks stunning. Some of the well restored Novas fetched $300,000 at auctions.
12 Can't Afford: Rolls Royce Wraith
Celebrities who wanted the epitome of luxury vehicles bought a Rolls Royce. The British manufacturer cannot seem to do anything wrong, as most of its models are sublime. Not only does the cabin provide plenty of space and luxury for passengers, but the bonnet boasts a 4.25-liter engine that can spurt out 624 horsepower.
According to Car and Driver, the car provides 12 mpg in the city and 19 mph on the highway. The starting price for the car is $317,000. Depp should be saving all the money that he has left and not spend a dime on an expensive car such as the Wraith.
11 Can't Afford: BMW 7-Series
The German manufacturer has produced some of the most reliable and performance driven cars. BMW takes great pride in producing elegant interiors and dashing exteriors while ensuring that the engine can endure long miles. When BMW wanted to introduce a luxury sedan, the engineers designed the 7-series. Although the car is long and has a big body, the bonnet boasts an impressive engine.
The can reach a top speed of 155 mph and needs 5.4 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph. The car is a combination of luxury and performance.
10 Can't Afford: Mercedes Benz S550
Most Mercedes drivers will attest to the vehicle providing luxury, performance, and reliability. Mercedes has built a reputation for fitting its cars with engines that can endure a tremendous amount of punishment. The S-class is a full-size luxury flagship vehicle and introduced in 1972.
The S stands for Sonderklasse (special class). Mercedes introduced several variants such as the SEC and S-Coupe, as well as the Mercedes-AMG S63 and the S65 Cabriolet. The automaker announced the Mercedes Maybach S650 Cabriolet in 2016.
9 Can't Afford: Ferrari 488
Cars such as Ferrari are reserved for millionaires. Although Depp could afford it several years ago, he would struggle to maintain the gas and maintenance bill. The manufacturer has produced the car since 2015 and fitted a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, capable of pumping out 661 horsepower. Top Gear magazine named the 488 GTB The Supercar of the Year 2015. Moto Trend announced that the 488 GTB was its Best Driver's Car for 2017.
The 488 offers incredible performance and dashing looks, but the price tag of $301,000 is for drivers with deep pockets.
8 Can't Afford: Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini has manufactured the best supercars on the road. The Italian manufacturer did a stellar job with the Aventador. One of the features that drivers admire about Lamborghini is the unique exterior design.
Under the bonnet, the Aventador boasts a 6.5-liter V12 engine, capable of spurting out 690 horsepower. The car is capable of reaching a top speed of 217 mph and needs 2.8 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph. The design and the performance of the Aventador might be an attraction, but the price isn't. The base model starts at $390,000.
7 Can Afford: Chevrolet Corvette C1
Viewers who saw Depp drive the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in the movie Rum Diary might believe that he didn't drive it off-screen. After the production ended, the movie's producer, Graham King, presented Depp with the keys to the car to show his appreciation for Depp's contribution to the movie.
King stated that Depp worked hard during the filming, therefore deserved the gift, according to Corvette Blogger. The movie featured Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, driving in the Corvette, with Heard's hair blowing in the wind.
6 Can Afford: Cadillac Escalade
Many celebrities have opted for an Escalade as their choice in SUVs. The Escalade provides luxury, space, and comfort inside while the exterior has a unique design that makes the vehicle look bulky.
Celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Eminem are some of the few who prefer to commute to appearances via the Escalade. Consumers who want to own a base model should be prepared to part with $75,000 but could pay as much as $100,000 for a Platinum trim. The car has a 5.3-liter V8 engine, capable of pumping out 295 horsepower.
5 Can Afford: 1951 Ford Mercury
Depp enjoys classic cars, and one of the cars that he owned while starring in 21 Jump Street was the 1951 Ford Mercury. The car was broad and needed major TLC after sitting in storage for several years, according to Bodie Stroud. The floorboard needed to be replaced.
The car received a new Ride Tech air-ride suspension and shocks, as well as a Ford Crate motor, a 5-liter that was capable of pumping out 300 horsepower. The C6 automatic transmission provided the torque to the wheels. The transmission had clutch plates instead of bands on the low and reverse gears.
4 Can Afford: Austin Allegro
Although the Daily Mail reported that the Allegro was voted Britain's worst car, Depp has a high opinion of it. According to Viz, Depp said, "The Allegro is the girl for me. When I'm not in my pirate fancy dress costume, I like to pop down to my local Lidl with her. The heater is stuck on hot, so I have to drive with the windows open. The handbrake is $@!%, and the garage wanted forty grand to fix it, so when I park up, I have to leave it in gear."
While some might think that the Allegro is bad, others perceive it as a treasure. Although Depp had millions of dollars, he wasn't proud to get inside a jalopy.
3 Can Afford: Dodge Challenger
While many muscle car enthusiasts might believe that the Mustang is one of the best muscle cars produced, the Dodge Challenger serves as good competition. The car has been in production since 1958 through three generations, two of the generations as a pony car.
Dodge introduced the third generation as a pony car in 2008 and served as a rival to the Mustang and Camaro. The Challenger has an alluring exterior, but some drivers have stated that they had reliability issues with the vehicle. The car's performance and aesthetics are alluring, but reliability is an issue.
2 Can Afford: Fiat 500
Consumer Reports featured the Fiat 500 for several years in its Least Reliable list. The car is prone to breaking down and offers limited space in the cabin. Don't expect too much power from the Fiat 500, as the car has a 1.3-liter engine. Fiat markets the car in 100 countries. Although Consumer Reports has stated that the 500 L is unreliable, Fiat produced more than 2 million units by 2017.
CAR Magazine gave the 500 Car of the Year award for 2007. The other accolade of the Fiat 500 was receiving an award for the World's Most Beautiful Automobile.
1 Can Afford: 1971 Cadillac Eldorado
One of the cars that Cadillac did an outstanding job with was the Eldorado. The car was in production from 1952 until 2002, over ten generations. Cadillac designed the Eldorado as a luxury car. The 1971 model is part of the seventh generation, receiving a substantial redesign.
The engineers extended the Eldorado by two inches in length and fitted standard fender skirts. The seventh generation proved to be popular as it set new record sales in 1971 at just over 27,000 units. The subsequent year's sales rose to over 40,000 units.
Sources - Word Press, Car, And Driver & Viz