Sylvester Stallone can easily claim to be one of the world's most successful and instantaneously recognizable movie stars of the last 40 years. A string of film successes has peaked with the Rocky, Rambo, and Expendables franchises, spanning all the way from 1976 to future films currently in development.
Stallone doesn't just star in action films, however. He's often credited as a writer, director, and producer - helping to demonstrate his wide range of talent and revealing the various roles in Hollywood that he can accomplish and get paid for. He also manages a production company and is one of Hollywood's most vocal anti-gun lobbyists.
Stallone can even boast that he's an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, thanks to his performance as Rocky Balboa, and that he's only the third person to ever have been nominated for the Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor Academy Awards for the same film, after luminary filmmakers Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.
The long list of movies Stallone has worked on have brought in around $2 billion, while his personal net worth is estimated to be around $400 million. And like many celebrities with enormous wealth, a car collection slowly grows in their garages. Stallone is no different, and his collection is truly impressive, but scroll all the way to the bottom for some significant cars that he's been close to owning and probably wishes he'd managed to get his hands on.
20 Bugatti Veyron
Sylvester Stallone is one of the most successful and easily recognizable celebrities in the world, so it only makes sense that he drives one of the most expensive and impressive cars ever made with performance to match its insane price tag. Stallone's Veyron is black on black, rather than the two-toned color scheme many owners choose. But the performance stats are still mindblowing, with over 1,000 horsepower churning out of an 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 engine.
All that power is put to the ground through all four wheels, allowing the Veyron to sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in around 2.5 seconds on the way to a former world record top speed of 267.856 mph.
Stallone is often spotted in Los Angeles driving his Veyron with friend and fellow Expendables castmate, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator himself owns a silver Veyron, and though the two action stars may compete in whose physique is more impressive today, it seems unlikely that either is able to fully enjoy their Veyron while driving in traffic on city streets. And even though each Veyron costs at least a whopping $1.5 million, ownership costs are sky high, too - new tires cost $25,000 and fuel economy is as low as 3 MPG.
19 Custom Ford Mustang GT
Stallone's first starring role was in the film The Party at Kitty and Stud's, alternately known as The Italian Stallion. The film's secondary title led to the strange fact that both Stallone himself and his most famous character, Rocky, received the same nickname, one in a movie series and the other in real life. Stallone's father was born in Italy, while Stallone himself was born in Hell's Kitchen. Stallone has often played characters of Italian descent, but as a successful American movie star, he drives a modern take on one of America's most famous cars, the Ford Mustang, which was the true stallion of muscle car mania.
Stallone's fifth generation Mustang has a number of custom touches, from the eye-grabbing paint job to a body kit, roll bar, and those black studded wheels. Though the fifth gen Mustang is considered relatively inferior to today's impressive iteration, at the time of its 2005 debut, the new design represented a major swing back towards the styling that made the original Mustang so iconic in the mid 1960s. Stallone's car is so customized it is difficult to tell which year of Mustang GT he owns, but its a safe bet the car is cranking out over 400 horses and 390 lb-ft of torque.
18 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Of course, the nickname Italian Stallion and Stallone's Italian heritage make it just about a sure bet that he will own at least one car built by Italy's most famous automotive manufacturer Ferrari. Ferrari's iconic shade of red is the most classic color to choose when buying a car bearing the prancing pony decals, and Stallone chose just that when he picked up his 599 GTB Fiorano.
Though the 599 GTB may represent more of a touring car when compared to other mid-engined sports cars produced by the brand, it nonetheless offers impressive performance to match nearly any car on the planet.
Produced from 2006 to 2012, the 599 GTB was Ferrari's flagship at the time, and its long hood allowed for the housing of a 6.0-liter V12 powering the rear wheels. Creating 612 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque, the 599 GTB's engine was the most powerful road going model produced by Ferrari at the time of its release, allowing the nearly 4,000 pound two-seater coupe to clock a 0-60 time of only 3.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 205 miles per hour, all in a package that offered luxurious appointments to match its world-class performance.
17 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen seems like almost a ubiquitous SUV owned by celebrities including superstar athletes, musicians, and movie stars. Stallone's friend Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly has one in each color, as well as a custom example fitted with electric motors and a huge battery pack. The G-Wagen has proven itself as a capable off-roading vehicle since its debut in 1979, though its enormous popularity amongst the rich and famous probably stem more from its distinctive boxy shape, a range of powerful engines, and a luxurious interior. Though military use began in 1981, the G-Wagen didn't hit American shores until 2002.
Stallone chose for himself a G63 in AMG trim, which features a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 engine that produces 536 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic routes that grunt through all four wheels, though it looks like Stallone uses one of the world's best 4x4 trucks for runs around Beverly Hills more than he does to charge through sand and snow - although the Rocky actor is famous for visiting the ski resort town of Sun Valley in Idaho during winter breaks in his busy film schedule and driving a G63 AMG in those conditions would be just about perfect.
16 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet resurrected the classic Camaro muscle car in 2009 after an eight-year hiatus in manufacturing. The release turned out to be a bit of a lucky move which neatly coincided with the economic recession and auto industry bailout of that same year. The new Camaro set the tone for the future of American automotive design, featuring a return to the powerful engines and bold designs that had helped to differentiate domestic offerings from the small and efficient imports that threatened to take over the market during the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s.
The Camaro's design and performance earned it a starring role in the Transformers franchise, so maybe Sylvester Stallone figured he'd better buy a movie star car. The two generations of Camaros have only improved since 2009, with a variety of engine and options packages that max out in the ZL1 package, with a 650 horsepower supercharged V8 under its hood. A range of performance upgrades complement that engine, which is shared with the Corvette Z06, including suspension modifications, wider rear tires compared to lower tier trims, and an electronic limited slip differential. Car and Driver described the ZL1 as, "Track tuned and ready to rumble, the ZL1 is king of the muscle cars."
15 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Sylvester Stallone's long Hollywood history, from his early roles to the success of the Rocky franchise, Rambo, and on and on reveal that he is one of the film industries hardest working and most bankable stars. Stallone wrote the first Rocky himself, and insisted that he play the title role, and since then has appeared in every installation of the franchise, including 2015's Creed, which follows the son of Rocky's friend and nemesis, the fictional boxer Apollo Creed. In recent movies like Creed and the Expendables films, Stallone has revealed that he's kept himself in amazing shape, an impressive feat at the age of 71 even if he's not quite as ripped as he was earlier in his career.
All that hard work gives Stallone the right to enjoy a life of luxury, however, and it doesn't get much more luxurious than cruising around Hollywood in a Rolls-Royce Phantom. The big coupe is Rolls-Royce's newest iteration of a model line that originally debuted in 1925, though much about the cars has changed radically. Under the hood lives a monster 6.75-liter V12 that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque (with an impressive 400 lb-ft available at only 1,000 RPM).
14 1932 Hiboy Hot Rod
A highlight of Stallone's impressive collection is the 1932 Hiboy hotrod he pulls out of the garage when he needs to enjoy some retro top-down driving. Fully customized from a Dearborn Deuce convertible, with huge rear wheels and classically tiny and narrow front tires, the hot rod features a number of staple hot rod industry performance upgrades in the build to go along with its iconic style.
Almost as impressive as the hot rod itself is the fact that unlike many of the biggest celebrities and reality stars of today, Stallone feels comfortable enough to cruise around town without fully tinted windows and bodyguards - he'd rather enjoy the drive and risk interacting with fans who would have no problem recognizing him with the convertible top laid back.
Power comes from a 383cid (or 6.3-liter) big-block Chevy V8 out of a crate, which produces up to 330 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Though the 383 was never offered in a production vehicle, those kinds of power figures make the engine a popular option for hot rodding, as its torque numbers beat even a contemporary Hemi power plant. Interior details include custom tan leather seats and billet aluminum trim, while the exposed chrome suspension up front features coilovers, chrome A arms, and front disc brakes.
13 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
Many automotive enthusiasts turn up their noses at Mercedes-Benz's otherwise impressive lineup of sports cars because the German manufacturer doesn't offer manual transmissions in the United States. And though that choice is mostly a referendum on Americans' driving preferences, the fact of the matter is that Benz's cars are tourers more than they are canyon carvers, despite their massive power figures. The use of turbochargers and enormous engines allows Mercedes to pack over 500 horsepower into many of their cars, which allow for impressive speed figures in cars that often weigh significantly more than their competition. Stallone's SL65 AMG is no different.
A base SL65 AMG features a 6.0-liter V12 producing 604 horsepower and 740 lb-ft of torque, but weighs almost 5,000 pounds - big power numbers to be sure but also a very heavy weight for a two-seat coupe. Stallone's limited edition SL65 AMG Black Series, though, ups the power game while reducing overall weight by 550 pounds thanks to 12% larger turbos, modified wastegates, and extensive use of carbon fiber composite construction. A fixed roof, big rear spoiler, and wider fender flares distinguish the Black Series from its stablemates, and with 661 horsepower, the SL65 AMG Black Series is probably the sportiest of all of Mercedes-Benz's cars.
12 Porsche Panamera
When Porsche unveiled the Panamera sedan in 2009, P-car snobs justifiably fretted that the brand was continuing on the trend which began with the Cayenne and leaving behind the legendary manufacturer's sports car heritage. But almost a decade later, Porsche has stayed true to their history thanks to a range of impressive cars including the GT3 RS track monster and twin-turbocharged cruise missiles - as well as the continued offering of manual transmissions on at least one 911 Carrera model in the lineup.
Even the Panamera has received a futuristic hybrid drivetrain in the last few years, making it one of the most powerful sedans on the planet.
Porsche fans should rest a little more easily knowing that Sylvester Stallone, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, has chosen to add a Panamera to his collection. Stallone can easily afford to drive and own some of the world's most expensive and highest performing sports cars, and if he enjoys the Panamera there's a good chance that despite the big sedan's divisive styling and layout, it's quite an impressive package. In current Turbo S E-Hybrid spec, an electric motor is paired to a twin-turbocharged V8 to create 671 horsepower, making it the second most powerful Porsche ever built after the 918 Spyder.
11 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
Sly Stallone also owns a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan, of the W212 (or fourth) generation E-Class. Following in Mercedes-Benz's line of performance enhanced AMG super sedans, the W212 E63 AMG was one of the world's most powerful sedans at the time of its debut in 2010. Hopefully, Stallone bought a post-facelift 2011 model, since that iteration received an upgraded drivetrain which added twin-turbochargers to the E550's 5.5-liter V8 to produce 549 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque (accessible way down at 1,750 RPM).
The E63 AMG's low-end grunt allows the long and heavy sedan, which weighs in at over 4,000 pounds, to sprint to 60 miles per hour in only 4.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of around 200 miles per hour. An S trim package tunes the engine up to 577 horsepower and reduces the 0-60 time to 3.5 seconds while adding all-wheel-drive to enhance traction and allow all that power to be put to the ground efficiently. Of course, in Hollywood, not many opportunities arise to drive anywhere near as fast as an E63 AMG can possibly go, but Stallone clearly enjoys cars that pair opulent luxury with the possibility for impressive performance.
10 Cadillac CTS-V
When Cadillac revealed the CTS lineup for the 2004 model year, the newly angular style of America's classic luxury manufacturer split the opinions of critics and enthusiasts. Some decried such a stark break from past design inspiration, while some recognized the computer-aided and futuristic form as the new normal for the United States' struggling auto industry. But regardless of the cars' looks, the CTS offered impressive performance that rivaled the best contemporary German luxury sedans on the market.
Sylvester Stallone picked up a first generation CTS-V, clearly happy with the GM V8 under its hood, a pushrod LS6 shared with the Corvette Z06 that produced 400 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.
In a rare move for American cars, the first gen CTS-V came only with a six speed manual transmission, which probably kept the car from being Stallone's first choice when surveying his garage and considering the Los Angeles traffic he'd regularly have to battle. Nonetheless, he did drive the car out and about - a testament both to his enthusiast mindset as well as to Cadillac's impressive CTS-V sedan. The CTS-V's later generations have upped power to remain in the same league as its German competition, though it has lost the six speed that helped it stand out originally.
9 Backdraft Racing RT3
Though the Shelby Cobra is one of the most legendary cars of all time, the original cars just can't live up in competition with modern day metallurgy and machining. The rough edges of an original Shelby Cobra are what many enthusiasts love, however, from the snarling exhaust to the danger felt during drifting turns. For the many Cobra fans who can't afford to get their hands on the stratospherically expensive originals, a variety of different replica manufacturers offer Cobra kits that range from basic to highly advanced.
Backdraft Racing hopes to take on the Cobra replica market with their RT3 kit car, featuring a glass reinforced plastic body and a ladder-type chassis with independent rear suspensions, coilovers out front, as well as a cradle-mounted differential housing and structurally mounted roll bar. Engine options reach up to a 550 horsepower V8, putting the BDR RT3 right around the race specs of original Cobras while offering modern creature comforts, build quality, and safety equipment that the risky racers of the 1960s didn't include. The Cobra style is still there, though, with fender flares and side exhaust complementing a wood rimmed steering wheel, full dash instrumentation, and that classic Shelby Cobra riveted hood and scoop.
8 Bentley Continental GTC
Few cars combine luxury, style, and performance in as successful a package as Bentley's Continental GT, which is available in a wide range of trim and options packages. Sylvester Stallone spends much of his time in Los Angeles, and with the long history of convertible cruising in Hollywood films and on Sunset Boulevard it should come as no surprise that Stallone chose a GTC to add to his list of potential daily drivers. Bentley first introduced the world to the Continental GT in 2003, though it took until 2006 for the English manufacturer to create a convertible version.
Other than the cloth top, the Continental GTC differs very little from its hard top coupe compatriots. Under the long hood is a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter W12 that sends 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a Torsen-based center differential. Much like the coupe, the convertible's interior features extensive use of wood and aluminum trim, comfy leather, and diamond-quilted hides. The car is large and heavy, weighing in at over 5,000 pounds, but the powertrain allows for a 0-60 time of only 5.1 seconds, though maximum speed with the top down is reduced to 189 miles per hour. Good luck hitting 189 in LA, though.
7 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG
Hardcore speed freaks might be a little surprised to see that Sylvester Stallone owns a Mercedes-Benz CLK coupe, but with a little help from AMG the mid-sized coupe certainly packs a punch despite its otherwise simple exterior. The CLK55 AMG utilizes a hand-built, 5.4-liter V8 that produces 342 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque - impressive stats for a normally aspirated engine in a car released in the very first years of the new millennium. AMG achieved those numbers by adding a lightweight cam on each cylinder bank, two spark plugs and intake valves per cylinder, and eight individual coil-packs, as well as a high-performance crankshaft.
Additionally drivetrain enhancements include a transmission borrowed from Mercedes-Benz's V12 powered S-Class models, allowing for greater reliability when handling increased torque. A driveshaft fully four inches in diameter is paired to a reinforced rear differential, while firmer suspension and larger brakes allow for improved confidence at speed. Overall, the CLK55 AMG makes for a comfortable overall package that is a solid performer with a sleeper vibe, which should help Stallone cruise the paparazzi packed streets of Los Angeles confident that he can bug out any time he begins to feel the heat of flashbulbs.
6 Chevrolet C3 Corvette
Not many cars are more instantly recognizable than a Chevrolet Corvette, regardless of production generation or design era. Stallone owns a 1968 C3 Corvette convertible that has been customized significantly. The bulbous front hood is the number one cue that something strange is going on with Stallone's Corvette, and then the huge side exhaust pipes, chrome wheels, and barely visible custom seats come into focus.
Carbuzz reports that Stallone won the Corvette at auction in 2009, and added an 8.3-liter Donovan Big Block engine that produces 660 horsepower.
Thankfully, Sly kept the manual transmission (a five speed in this case), and the interior is fully leather trimmed including custom Corbeau seats, while also offering air conditioning and a tilting steering wheel. Modern performance upgrades like antilock brakes, power steering, fuel injection, and a custom set of roll bars behind the seats further differentiate this car from a stock C3, and the wheels are Boyd Coddington pieces. The entire body of the car has seen its fiberglass reinforced with steel to handle all the additional power, and there's even a CD player, though apparently all the custom goodies couldn't keep Stallone interested, as he sold the car in 2011 with an autographed photo and title as part of the deal.
5 Custom Chopper
In the later years of his career, Sylvester Stallone has rekindled both his action hero and script writing success with the Expendables franchise. The movies bring together just about every action star imaginable, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jet Li, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mickey Rourke, Liam Hemsworth, and even former Rocky co-star Dolph Lundgren and UFC turned WWE star Ronda Rousey. The movies follow a group of mercenaries who attempt to take down evil plots and villains that no one else would ever consider fighting against, and true to the form of 1980s and 90s action movies, plenty of chases, explosions, machine guns, and fistfights abound.
Motorcycles play a big part in all the Expendables movies, and much like Schwarzenegger is known to ride around LA on a bike from Terminator 3, Stallone owns a chopper of his own complete with custom paint job, insane chrome details, and a teeny tiny front wheel. Thanks to tax incentives, many movies these days are shot in New Orleans, and when Stallone needed motorcycles for the Expendables, he turned to Bourget's Bike Works, where he hand-picked ten custom choppers for the films. (Stallone also rode a motorcycle in his role as Rocky in Rocky III, on a Harley-Davidson FLH 80.)
4 Ferrari F40
Sylvester Stallone may have an awesome car collection featuring some of the world's best coupe, sedan, and SUV options, but even with a Bugatti Veyron in the mix it would be hard to argue that a Ferrari F40 wouldn't be his most incredible possession - had he managed to keep the one he posed with in a Ferrari promotional photoshoot. Essentially a road-going race car, the F40 debuted in 1987 as Ferrari's fastest, most powerful, and most expensive model. It was also the final Ferrari to be designed with approval from Enzo Ferrari before his death at 90 years old in 1988.
Only 1,311 F40s were ever built, and even when new they cost $400,000; today, well-kept examples border on priceless.
Mid-mounted behind the low and sleek cockpit, a twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V8 cranked out around 471 horsepower depending on differences in production and delivery, in a car that weighed in at under 3,000 pounds with a full tank of gas. The iconic exterior, highlighted by a large rear spoiler, was designed by Pininfarina and even used a plastic windshield and windows to reduce overall weight. Of course, fans of Stallone would probably even be happy to get their hands on that amazing Ferrari jumpsuit, much less behind the wheel of an F40.
3 Lamborghini Jalpa
By the fifth installment in the Rocky franchise, released in 1990, Rocky Balboa is a wealthy, successful, and famous boxer who has to deal with the repercussions of his meteoric rise into public spotlight. And while family issues combine with a rising star in boxer Tommy Gunn, Stallone also has to deal with the increasing pressure that comes with the possession of expensive clothes, houses, and cars brings. In the image above, Stallone as Rocky cleans his black Lamoborghini Jalpa, a car that Stallone surely wishes he owned to this day.
The Jalpa debuted in 1981 as Lamborghini's newest sports car, designed by Bertone with the intention of releasing a product that was more easily driven, especially in cities and towns. A mid-engined DOHC V8 cranked out 255 horses in the Jalpa, powering the rear wheels through a five speed manual transmission. An angular exterior highlights just how much Lamborghini embraced the style of the 1980s, and certainly the Rocky movies and Sly Stallone himself were a major part of the culture of that decade. The Jalpa ended up being Lamborghinis second best selling V8 car of all time, so maybe Stallone can get his hands on an example on the secondhand market today.
2 Lamborghini Countach
While Rocky is busy polishing his black Jalpa, he can't help but stare at the car in the background of the shot, a red Lamborghini Countach. No doubt the film's producers were able to convince the Jalpa's owner to let Stallone actually touch the car, albeit with towels, during filming, but chances are they would have preferred the Countach to be more prominent. Given how much more expensive (and generally more awesome) a Countach is, though, its owner may not have wanted Stallone rubbing away through multiple takes and camera shots.
The Countach was the top of the line for Lamborghini during the same era as the Jalpa, with even more aggressive styling and a more powerful V12 mounted behind the driver's seat. Over its more than 15 year production run, various design iterations of the Countach hit the streets, as the car seemingly grew longer, lower, and more angular throughout the redesigns. Rocky's Countach looks to be an earlier LP400 Countach, which lacked the enormous rear spoiler and larger bumpers of later models. Stallone probably still wishes he'd just bought this Countach from its owner, so he could feature it more prominently in the film, and enjoy it to this day as part of his collection.
1 Yamaha XT250
No action movie is complete without a chase scene, from the earliest which took place on foot to later movies that seem to demolish entire fleets of cars, buses, boats, and even trains. The most dangerous chase scenes, though, feature a movie star powering around on a motorcycle - often times without a helmet or even any kind of protective gear. Of course, Hollywood cinematographers have mastered the art of camera tricks which up the appearance of danger while keeping their moneymakers safe, but some stars and stunt men really do perform the insane feats seen in many movies.
Stallone got to enjoy a motorcycle chase scene in the inaugural Rambo film First Blood, when he drove a Yamaha XT250 through the streets of Hope, Washington. Rambo acquires the bike by dragging a man straight off of it while in motion, then proceeds wheelie his way into an intersection, mount a curb, jump train tracks, and generally cause havoc while avoiding police in quintessential Rambo fashion. The XT250 features heavily in the movie, allowing Rambo to escape to the forest, where his Vietnam experience gives him an advantage. Surely, Stallone wishes he'd kept the bike, so he could blast between lanes and avoid LA traffic in classic Rambo style.
References: imdb.org, caranddriver.com, and bringatrailer.com.