Adam Carolla is a California-based comedian, podcaster, carpenter, TV host, race car driver, and director. You may remember him from The Man Show (1999-2004) or Loveline on MTV (1996-2000) with Dr. Drew. These days, he hosts a weekday podcast called “The Adam Carolla Show.” The first episode aired in 2009, and by 2011 the podcast had registered over 59 billion unique downloads landing it a Guinness World Record entry. The show is still on the air today and it’s thriving.
Adam Carolla is also known for his Paul Newman car collection. Yup, we’re talking about the one and only Paul Newman, actor, philanthropist, political activist, race car driver, IndyCar owner and director. Paul had an extensive and successful film career, starring in many hit movies and winning several awards. He was also an accomplished racer. He came in second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1979, won in his class at 24 Hours of Daytona in 1995, raced Daytona again in 2005, and the Baja 1000 in 2004. Newman won four national Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) championships and drove Datsun race cars between mid-1970 to early-1990. He was posthumously inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Carolla owns more cars driven by Paul Newman than anyone else in the world. According to Carolla, he never set out to be the “Paul Newman car collector guy.” He wasn’t specifically interested in Newman cars, but was a fan of Datsun racecars. It just so happened, that the cars he was buying were also Paul Newman’s former racecars.
Soon, Carolla realized, that these cars could increase in value after Newman’s death, so he did what every reasonable person would do. He bought more Newman cars. After Newman’s passing, he also acquired his helmets, racing suits, and other memorabilia from the late actor’s racing partners.
By 2016 Carolla had spent well over $1-million on Newman cars. One would think that’s enough money sunk into a hobby, right? Nope, not Carolla. He decided that as the “Newman guy” he needed to buy the 1979 Porsche 935 that was driven during the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. It sold at the Pebble Beach auction for $4-million ($4.4 million with fees). Carolla calls this “the biggest purchase” he’ll ever make. It prompted him to sell off four of his Lamborghinis (he still has three left in his garage) from his collection to balance his ledger.
How much is his collection worth you ask? I’d say a lot, but according to Carolla himself “No one can say definitively what some of these cars are worth because they don’t sell, they don’t have a market.”
Carolla currently owns ten Paul Newman cars. This is one of the most complete car collections of racecars driven by Newman. Carolla enjoys restoring these old cars to competition level condition and then races them. He’s not a person to keep them in a museum; he enjoys driving them around through town and on racetracks, and attending festivals with them.
This year alone, Newman’s cars made appearances at Goodwood Festival of Speed, the vintage races at Laguna Seca, and at the Rennsport Reunion. Adam Carolla displayed all ten of his Paul Newman cars earlier this year for the first time ever at a public display during the 8th annual San Marino Motor Classic. The cars were displayed along with 340 other vehicles ranging from American muscle cars to fancy Italian Ferraris.
Interestingly enough, the guys who seem to be obsessed with Paul Newman’s race cars never saw Newman race or drive any of the cars he’s acquired. Which suggests the statement, that he wasn’t looking for Newman cars, rather Datsuns, is true. Regardless, Carolla has emerged as one of Newman’s biggest fans. He also made a documentary about Newman’s racing career, titled “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.” Check the trailer out below:
Recently, Carolla announced plans to add two additional cars to his already extensive car collection. Will they be Paul Newman cars as well? Only time will tell!
Take a look at Carolla’s garage: