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Clint Eastwood: All About His Good, Bad, and Ugly Car Collection

Clint Eastwood: All About His Good, Bad, and Ugly Car Collection

Clint Eastwood is an iconic actor and director, and he has a not-so-secret obsession with cars that includes an impressive collection. Here are some interesting vehicles that are parked in the living legend’s garage.

Austin Healey 100M (1955)

The Austin Healey impressed at the 1952 Motor Show and soon after dominated the track at Le Mans 24-Hours. It was named ‘100M’ to showcase its top speed, and by 1955, Austin Healey introduced a high-performance model.

Clint Eastwood was head over heels for the Austin Healey 100M. It appears the car was his first major purchase following his acting breakthrough. In 1958, Eastwood landed his first notable acting role in the western Rawhide, and lo and behold, he was captured alongside his beloved Austin Healey 100M.

Jaguar XK150 roadster (1960)

During his early acting days, Eastwood developed a passion for British roadsters. His 1960 Jaguar XK150 was a clear favorite. Eastwood loved his 3.8-liter XK so much that he gave it a starring role in his directorial debut, Play Misty For Me.

Only a handful of these roadsters saw the light of day between 1957 and 1961, paving the way for the mighty E-Type. Yet, the XK150 managed to carve its own special spot in the hearts of Jaguar enthusiasts.

Pontiac Special Edition Trans-Am (1977)

While the 1977 Pontiac Special Edition Trans-Am gained fame alongside another 1970s superstar, Burt Reynolds. However, it seems fitting that Eastwood would also have one. In the 1974 movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, he originally cruised around in a white ’73 Trans-Am.

Eastwood’s character, Lightfoot, was a skilled car thief who helped Thunderbolt, played by Jeff Bridges, in bank heists. The ’73 Trans-Am was just a preview for Eastwood, though, as he became the proud owner of a newer model a few years later.

Eastwood couldn’t resist the allure of a 1977 Pontiac Special Edition Trans-Am, the iconic car from Smokey and the Bandit. With a 6.6-liter engine and 300 HP, it’s no wonder Eastwood fell head over wheels for this legendary movie star on four wheels.

Gran Torino Sport (1972)

Though a classic beloved car, the 1972 Gran Torino Sport is a more recent addition to Clint Eastwood’s collection. Eastwood became associated with the vehicle in his 2008 film Gran Torino.

During production of the film, Eastwood fell in love with the classic muscle car. He couldn’t bear to part ways with the Gran Torino after filming ended. So, he decided to buy the car from the production company, adding a timeless classic to his collection.

An Odd Addition to Clint Eastwood’s Car Collection… The GMC Typhoon (1992)

However, a vehicle that Clint enjoys driving more recently isn’t as flashy as the rest in his collection. Back in 2016 Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, Clint Eastwood was asked what vehicle he drives. “Actually,” Eastwood said, “I drive a GMC Typhoon. It’s out of production now.”

Of course, Clint was understating how long the SUV had been out of production. Introduced in 1992, the GMC Typhoon is an exceptional high-performance SUV with a powerful 4.3-liter V6 engine. It accelerates from 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds, making it a rare gem with a limited production of 4,697 units.