Engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, and Tesla founder Elon Musk doesn’t just have a garage full of electric cars, he’s actually got quite the collection of classics—ranging from a 1978 BMW 320i to a 1978 McLaren F1. But there’s also a newer lineup including a 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo and, of course, the 2020 Tesla Cybertruck.
As the CEO of Tesla, you’d probably guess Elon Musk owns a massive collection of top-of-the-line electric cars, but the million-dollar McLaren F1 that sits in his garage proves otherwise. Despite owning the biggest electric car company in the world, it’s not all electric for this tech genius. Worth over $260 billion, there’s no car that’s off-limits for Musk.
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1978 BMW 320i
The classic 1978
BMW 320i may not be the fanciest car on the market or the one you pegged Elon Musk to drive, but a first car is one to remember. Although the BMW wasn’t quite the status symbol it is today, this model was one of the first iterations of the BMW 3 Series.
It’s equipped with a continuous port injection system (Bosch K-Jetronic) as opposed to a carburetor and hits 0 to 60 mph in just over 10 seconds—not bad for an original BMW. And if you’re looking to hit the ground running, you can reach a maximum speed of 112 mph.
After purchasing it in 1994 and fixing it up himself, Musk had his BMW 320i for just two years before the wheels fell off during a drive.
1997 McLaren F1
Starting price: $1,000,000
If you’ve ever dreamed about owning one of these supercars, Elon Musk can tell you what a thrill it is. His 1997 McLaren F1 was a gift to himself when he sold his company, Zip2. It was a toss-up between buying a house or buying a $1 million car—and obviously, the car won.
Although this piece of art is no longer in production—there were only 106 ever manufactured—it’s one of the best cars ever made. Some car enthusiasts would even say it’s the greatest supercar in history.
With a top speed of roughly 240 mph and a 0 to 60 of just 3.2 seconds, this 6.1L V12 powerhouse delivers over 620 horsepower. And if that wasn’t enough, the engine is lined with gold and the throttle pedal is platinum.
However, Musk’s silver supercar became a thing of the past when he crashed it in 2000 while taking PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel for a drive. Neither passenger was hurt, but the car sustained some pretty hefty damage.
2012 Porsche 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.8L turbocharged V6
With breathtaking performance and classically good looks, the Porsche 911 Turbo is a showstopper. It’s one of the most iconic and legendary sports cars around, and Elon Musk is enamored with it. The 2012 911 Turbo is the seventh generation of sports cars and perhaps one of the most luxurious and practical vehicles in its performance class.
With all-wheel drive and a twin-clutch automatic transmission, the 911 Turbo boasts a powerful 500-horsepower engine that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Despite its grace and speed, there was one small factor Musk couldn’t escape—its gas-guzzling engine.
When Musk met engineer JB Straubel in 2003, the idea of battery-powered cars was front and center in Musk’s mind. When he couldn’t buy Straubel’s prototype e-car, Musk asked him to put a lithium-ion pack in his 911 and make it electric. Although it didn’t happen, this was Musk’s first connection with a couple of guys who had an electric car startup by the name of Tesla.
2019 Tesla Model S Performance
Of his massive car collection, the
Tesla Model S is the one Musk drives most often. Considering the Model S is the most comfortable and accommodating of the entire Tesla lineup, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. This was also the model on which Musk introduced Ludicrous mode—a power boost that gives equipped Tesla’s a turbocharge. This feature was inspired by his Hamann-tuned BMW M5.
The 2019 Tesla Model S Performance is a ferocious and efficient turbocharged beast that can hit 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, competing with some of the fastest cars ever produced. As with most Teslas, there’s no shortage of tech features available in the Model S, from semi-autonomous driving mode and a remote-control driving feature to one of the largest infotainment screens in any car on the market.
The base Model 3 is equipped with a battery that can deliver a 270-mile driving range. But if you select the Long Range model, you can boost that up to 335 miles. That said, these models were designed with a greater focus on acceleration time rather than range, and for a mere $15,000, you can unlock the car’s Ludicrous Mode.
Why wouldn’t Elon want to drive this supercharged bad boy around town?
2020 Tesla Cybertruck
Engine: Single, dual, or triple-motor lithium-ion battery
Looking somewhat like a cross between a tank and a child’s toy, this ultra-modern, alien-like vehicle is capable of competing with all the top-selling pickups. Although Musk believes it’s the best car produced, he was worried that his trapezoid-shaped truck would flop—but he didn’t care. Its sharp-edged exterior is made from scratch- and dent-resistant stainless steel and gives this truck a seriously edgy and tough appearance.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds and gets an estimated driving range of approximately 500 miles. It’s available in three configurations, each based on the number of engines it has.
Tesla claims the single-motor Cybertruck can hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, maxing out at a top speed of 110 mph. The dual-motor Cybertruck can reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph, while the ultimate performance three-motor model can blast you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 130 mph.
2008 Tesla Roadster
Engine: Lithium-ion battery
No Elon Musk car collection would be complete without the Tesla Roadster—the first car ever rolled out by the iconic electric car company. The Roadster was released in 2008. With its ultra-powerful electric engine, it could reach 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds at a top speed of 124 mph. And you could drive up to 245 miles on a single charge.
But here’s why this car is so special: In 2018, Musk’s 2008 Roadster was launched into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
Based on the Lotus Elise chassis and fitted with lithium-ion batteries, the amazingly sleek and sexy Roadster was the first to orbit the sun and can currently be found drifting somewhere beyond Mars further into the great unknown.
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