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Stars in extravagantly-priced cars

When the desirable cocktail of fame and success come together, money often follows. But while many spend their millions of cosmetic surgery, mansions and lawyers, there's the odd gem who spends their money wisely. Celebrating celebs and their classics, we took a peek at who's spending their fortune on what we believe to be the greatest asset there is.

Chris Evans

Famed throughout the UK for his morning slot on BBC Radio 2, Chris Evans has never been shy when it comes to purchasing a lavish classic. Blessed with the enviable combination of both champagne taste and champagne pockets, Evans' heart has always belonged to Italian giants Ferrari.

From Steve McQueen's 250 GTO California Spyder to his £12m 250 GTO, the new Top Gear presenter has accumulated a vast collection of stunning red beauties over the years. As a dedicated patron of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Evans has never been afraid to showcase his classics to the general public – so if you're looking to catch a glimpse of a 1961 TR61 or 458 Speciale, you know where to go!

Interesting fact: Included in Evans' vast collection of classics is the only working car made for the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – a car he is currently attempting to make road-legal!

Matthew McConaughey

If you've been to the cinema in the past few years, there's a strong chance you may have seen Matthew McConaughey in some shape or another. With his trademark curls and distinct Texas accent, there's been no end of praise for his recent cinematic performances.

But what separates McConaughey from his fellow actors isn't a certain trait, style or role – it's his brilliant taste in classic cars. Having sold his 1971 Corvette Stingray convertible in a bid to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Dallas Buyers Club star has been known to own an array of American beauties including a magnificent 1980 Camaro Z28.

Interesting fact: In the mid-90s, McConaughey drove a blue Toyota pickup truck called 'Old Blue' before purchasing a GMC van equipped with a bed, fridge and VCR in the back.

Ralph Lauren

If you're looking for style, design and true sense of 'cool', need you look any further than Ralph Lauren? For years, America's favourite designer has dominated the UK high street with his distinct collection of designer clothes. But did you know that while you were trying on Lauren's latest styles, he was busy building a faultless catalogue of classic cars?

With his garage currently playing enviable host to a collection that includes a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder, a 1957 Jaguar XKSS and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe,  you can soon begin to see where he gets his stylish inspiration from.

Interesting fact: Throughout the summer of 2011, Ralph Lauren held his very own car-themed exhibition in Paris. While exhibiting an array of classics from his personal collection, 'L'art de l'automobile' also included exhibits from the likes of Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari.  

Jay Leno

With an entire web-series formed on the back of his love for four-wheeled fun, there's no denying Jay Leno's standing when it comes to classic cars. From modern classics like the Lamborghini Countach to timeless icons like the 1970 Mazda Cosmo 110S, the American talk-show host's collection comfortably exceeds the 200-mark.

Crossing the borders between style, era, origin and power, Leno bases his entire collection not on the classics deemed 'legendary' by popular press, but rather by his own original opinion – and when you have a 1963 Jaguar XKE (E-Type) Coupe neatly tucked within your garage, who could argue with that? 

Interesting fact: Despite an obvious love for owning an array of cars, in 2006 Leno went one further and built his very own! Unveiled in Las Vegas in, the 'Ecojet concept' featured a jet-powered turbine engine which ran on renewable biodiesel.  

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