Simon Cowell’s Love For Cars Recently Shifted From Convertibles To Practical EVs

By Simon Boseman

Published June 13, 2024

Simon Cowell’s Love For Cars Recently Shifted From Convertibles To Practical EVs

Simon Philip Cowell, a famous businessman, is a well-known petrolhead. He has been associated with many TV shows picking up young talents and turning them into celebrities. He also has an equally exceptional talent for picking out extraordinary cars for himself and Simon Cowell’s car collection has recently turned over a new leaf. His son has convinced him to turn his attention to EVs and he is doing a damn good job. 

Simon Cowell’s not-so-humble beginning

Most car collectors start with a very humble or common-place vehicle focusing mainly on transportation. But not Simon Cowell as he went straight for the legends from the beginning. 

Triumph TR6

Simon's Urus has black paint like many of his other cars. He was captured driving it first in 2018 which means that he got his hands on this performance SUV in its debut year. He would have paid a minimum of $200,000. However, knowing Simon's taste, we are sure that he bought all the available options.

Porsche Speedster 356 A

Another classic from Simnon’s garage is the Porsche Speedster 356 A. The rear-engined open-top Porsche came with a rear-wheel powertrain barely delivering 100 horses. But the looks of the Speedster is enough to win our hearts and Simon has been seen on multiple occasions driving the same while accompanied by his girlfriend. 

Ford Roadster

Simon is no shy of getting his car modified but the Ford Model B is taken to a whole new level. The 1932 hot rod is highly customized with black on the sides and glossy red on the top. The white and red rims make this 90-year-old car one of the coolest yet most unusual entries to his garage. Simon’s 1932 Roadster was built by Galpin Auto Sports from California. 

Ford Bronco

Simon Cowell’s car collection is no stranger to classics and the Bronco SUV he has is definitely not one of the latest models that we have in the States. His Ford Bronco is from the inaugural year of the model which means the chassis of the convertible SUV was an original design. Simon, however, is not the only one to have the first-gen Ford Bronco as Lady Gaga also has one in her garage. 

Simon’s Fleet of Ferrari

Being a car collector simply means you have a Ferrari at your disposal and you will see as many as 5 if you visit Simon’s garage. 

Ferrari 360 Spider

The Ferrari 360 Spider is special in many ways, firstly for its design elements and then for its performance. According to Ferrari’s own website, the 360 Spider was the 20th road-going convertible model and it was the best Ferrari till the early 2000s. The 3.6L naturally aspirated V8 roars with pride delivering 400 hp. Simon has it in black and he says its stability at 180 MPH is simply unmatched. 

Ferrari F430 Spider

The Ferrari F430 Spider was the successor of the Ferrari 360 and it was intended to deliver more power from a larger engine, aside from being one of the most cars of course. Simon Cowell paid about $220,000 for this black convertible which is powered by a 4.3L naturally aspirated V8. he was in love with this Ferrari so much that people would often find him on the streets cruising in the F430 while smoking his favorite brand. 

Ferrari California

Simon, at this point, just went on a roll with the Ferraris and bought a Ferrari California. It came with the same 4.3L V8 engine and was a bit quicker than its predecessors. However, one of the more interesting facts about the Grand Tourer is that the California was originally a Maserati project when Ferrari owned the brand. Due to the limitation in overall costing, Maserati stepped back which ultimately resulted in Cowell having another black Ferrari. 

Ferrari 458 Spider

A fourth Ferrari was bought by Simon in 2012 and it was the Ferrari 458 Spider. He spent around $263,550 on the silver Ferrari and it has been one of his favorites since. The 458, as the name suggests, comes with a bigger 4.5L V8 engine without any forced induction and delivers 562 hp while reaching almost 200 MPH. 

Ferrari 458 Italia

However, the 458 Spider wasn’t the only Ferrari 458 variant that Simon has in his garage. Just months before buying the soft-top, the AGT judge paid the bill for a Ferrari 458 Italia. There is hardly any difference other than the removable top in these two and given the number of convertibles Simon has, you can tell that he was not a big fan of the all-black Italia. 

Simon Cowell’s car collection is the epitome of luxury

Simon goes all in when it comes to sports cars, especially the open-top ones but that doesn’t mean he avoids premium luxury cars. In fact, he shows a very similar attitude towards the more opulent vehicles. 

Bentley Azure

It is a very usual sight of Simon driving a two-seater convertible but he is not limited by them. He got himself a four-seater open-top in his favorite color and the Bentley Azure is one of the most expensive toys in his garage. The Grand Tourer with a 6.8L V8 engine cost Simon no less than $370,000 when he got it in 2010. However, the Bentley has been sent to the market for a new owner. 

Rolls-Royce Dawn

That’s not all, Simon has a more luxurious and more powerful convertible in his arsenal. The black Rolls-Royce Dawn comes with a 6.6L V12 engine delivering 563 horsepower compared to the Azure’s 500 hp. The Dawn takes a mere 22 seconds to drop the roof giving you the exhilarating thrill of the open-air driving. 

Rolls-Royce Phantom VII

Of course, Simon Cowell has more than one Rolls-Royce in his garage and the second one is the Phantom model. The cost of a Rolls-Royce Phantom VII starts just below $500,000 and comes with a slightly bigger 6.75L 12-cylinder engine. The X-Factor mentor has often been seen cruising the city streets with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman in both the Rolls cars. 

Mercedes-Benz SL550

Let’s dial down the luxury for a bit as the Mercedes-Benz SL550 is obviously not in the same league as Rolls-Royce or Bentley. The silver convertible has enough practical features for a $115,695 price tag but if we are being honest, this is not a practical car per se. It’s more like a statement when you roll up in it in front of your workplace - is it too hard to believe that Simon wanted just that?

Simon’s racing DNA

An automobile enthusiast like Simon Cowell does not just collect cars for show-off. Simon is an avid driver and he has his fair share of burning rubber on the tracks. 

Mitsubishi Evo VII Race Car

Simon is not a professional racer but that didn’t stop him from owning the Mitsubishi Evo VII Race Car. He suited up in proper gear and gave it a go and the way his face lit up showed how much he loved it. With his driving skills and experience with different TV shows, people would have loved him as Top Gear host after Jeremy Clarkson was fired. 

Caterham 7 CSR

Simon also has a Caterham 7 CSR which is not a racecar by definition but it is so by character. The Caterham CSR is actually a highly modified Caterham with the body of a Caterham Super 7. He got the kit car back in 2013 and immediately took it for a spin dodging the traffic at Beverly Hills. 

Simon has a special Jaguar

The Jaguar Eagle Speedster is probably the most special car from Simon Cowell’s car collection and there are two big reasons. The Speedster was a gift to himself for becoming a father and he was even seen taking his girlfriend and treating her the whole day. Secondly. 

The Jaguar Eagle was originally a 1965 Jaguar E-Type which was completely restored by Eagle in 2014. Simon took to Twitter thanking the Eagle team for the exquisite ride. Simon was also present during the launch of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in the same year but he didn’t get one for himself.

Simon likes to show off

What is the point of a celebrity who has a ton of exceptional cars but does not disclose them, right? But Simon Cowell’s infatuation with cars is on a different level as he sometimes buys cars but then rarely drives them. 

Bugatti Veyron

Take the Bugatti Veyron for example, Simon bought it for $1.6M in 2008 and on the Ellen Show in 2011 he admitted to driving it only twice in three years. The most expensive car from his garage was mostly collecting dust for many years before he decided to sell it. And we are hoping that the new owner will do justice to the Bugatti. 

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

The Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is another fascinating convertible from Simon’s car collection. However, judging by the number of times we have seen him actually driving the Lambo, it is safe to say that he is not as big of a fan as he is of his other open-top toys. 

Lamborghini Urus

Simon also has an SUV from the same brand and it’s one of the most luxurious and expensive SUVs with an exceptional driving experience. However, the businessman is not often seen riding his 2018 Lamborghini Urus as he hardly gets any time from cruising in his luxury convertibles. 

Simon learned about climate change

Simon's son, Eric Cowell deeply cares about the environment and is concerned about climate change and global warming. He is the one who made Simon aware of the drastic effects of gas-guzzling luxury and sports cars.

Tesla Model X

The petrolhead listened to his son and got himself a Tesla a few years ago. Unlike the majority of his cars, the Tesla Model X is an SUV that sprints from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. Besides an opulent cabin with advanced features, the Tesla also offers good mileage. In 2020, Simon had Yianni Charalambous from Yianni: Supercar Customiser wrap the black Tesla in chrome red. 

Everrati Porsche 911 (964)

Simon has a second Porsche in his garage and much like the Tesla it also has a bright red exterior. But that is not the only similarity the two have. The Porsche, originally a 911 (964), has been turned into an all-electric vehicle. Everatti, a company known for restoring cars and delivering them bespoke did an excellent job on Simon’s ride. 

Smart Fortwo

The Smart Fortwo is not one of Simon’s recent conquers; he had it well before his son was born. Regardless, this electric two-seater served Simon’s needs for quite some time before the businessman decided to sell it. 

Simon’s Buzz, Mouse and Flea

However, Simon Cowell’s fleet of electric cars does not end here as he has three very special models he calls Buzz, Mouse, and Flea. 

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

The Buzz or the Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a minivan that the celebrity maker got somewhere around 2023. The VW van didn’t officially arrive in the US back then but he got it anyway for £58,915 (approx. $73,600). The mint green ID. Buzz offers an ample amount of advanced features with an admirable range making it a practical choice. 

Mini Remastered

The Mouse is the most special among the three as this is a restomod Mini Cooper. David Brown Automotive has modified the classic Mini and it is called Mini Remastered. The powertrain, specially commissioned by Simon Cowell, has been replaced with an electric one. The exterior is burgundy with yellow stripes and “Turbo” decals on the side paying homage to the Esprit Turbo used in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”.

Fiat-Abarth 500e

Finally, the Flea is the Fiat-Abarth 500e which is less expensive than the previous two. The 500e is a compact car, much like the Mini and it comes in Ocean Green. Simon showed off his newest possession on Instagram along with the VW and Mini. Though the electric Fiat does not offer a power-packed performance, the three together definitely take Simon’s collection to the next level. 

Simon Cowell’s other TOYs

Simon's collection of “toys” doesn't necessarily end with his cars as he has a few more noteworthy possessions. 

Private Jet

It is no surprise that a business mogul like Simon Cowell with a net worth of $200 million would have a private jet. But he doesn't keep it for just himself. Back in 2012, Simon learned that a crew member of his team was going to be a father but was unable to reach his wife. Simon made sure that the team member flew there and was by the newborn and the mother when they needed him. 

Electric Bicycle

Simon also has an electric bicycle that he often takes out for a fresh breath of air. Recently, we have seen him using the bicycle quite a few times and it is probably because of his son. Simon calls the cycle “Spitz” and he even showed it off alongside his “Buzz, Mouse, and Flea”. 

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