Clint Eastwood’s Impressive Car Collection: Photo Guide to the Actor’s Love for Classic Rides
Clint Eastwood loves cars and an eye for the classics. Over the years, Eastwood has put together an impressive collection of classic rides. When he’s not busy being acting and directing powerhouse, Eastwood is a bit of a car aficionado.
During his career, Eastwood has collected some hot rods from various eras. The one thing each vehicle has in common is its elegant design. Often, Eastwood also has a personal connection to the vehicle as well. Take a look at some of the vehicles Eastwood has owned with this visual guide.
Clint Eastwood Bought His ‘Honkeytonk Man’ Car
One of the oldest of Eastwood’s collection is the 1937 Lincoln Model-K convertible. (Pictured is a 1935 model, but they’re pretty similar in looks). Eastwood and the car share some personal history. He drove the car in the film “Honkytonk Man.”
That movie was inspired by the life of country music star Jimmie Rodgers. It followed a country singer, dying of tuberculosis, trying to make it to Nashville to record a last few songs. He recruits his nephew to drive the Lincoln Model-K as he becomes too unwell to drive himself. The characters drive in style with a V12 6.8-liter engine under the hood, according to Motorious.
A Young Eastwood Owned an Austin Healey
Clint Eastwood’s fascination with exotic and luxurious cars started at a young age. Here’s the actor sitting in an Austin Healy back before he was even famous. The car was a popular luxury item for the wealthy in the 1950s, due to its speed. Yes, the car was a bit of a speed demon at least for its era.
At the time, the car could hit 100 miles per hour, making it faster than its competition on the road. Combine that with its convertible design, and you have the perfect vehicle for a joy ride. Even Eastwood thought so.
The Actor Owned a Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
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Clint Eastwood’s model was a black or dark gray instead of the lighter gray model shown here. The actor bought the 1975 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer in 1977. Eastwood’s model had an adventurous soul, having done a bit of globe-trotting. The car was first sold in Italy before making its way to the United States. The vehicle later ended up in Japan after he sold it in 1985.
Eastwood installed a custom roof on the vehicle when he purchased it. Eventually, the Ferrari ended up back in the United States in 2011.
Clint Eastwood Bought the Gran Torino Sport
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Out of all the cars that Clint Eastwood has owned, only the Gran Torino Sport can say it had a movie named after it. That’s right, Eastwood bought the titular vehicle from his 2008 drama “Gran Torino.” That film featured Eastwood as a Korean War veteran bonding with his neighbor, a Hmong man.
Eastwood purchased the car after he filmed the movie. Originally, the film’s production purchased the classic off eBay for the film. With its 300-horsepower output, the Gran Torino Sport can reach 60 mph in under seven seconds.
Clint Eastwood Owned a Replica of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Car
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Clint Eastwood must have been a fan of “Smokey and the Bandit” because he bought a 1977 Trans Am himself. Of course, the actor maybe wanted to honor longtime pal Burt Reynolds. The two actors were friends for years, up until Reynolds’ death in 2018.
In fact, Reynolds loved to tell the story of how he and Eastwood got fired from Universal in the same year. It couldn’t have been because of their taste in cars.