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Chrysler Cars, Minivans, and Trucks Owned by Celebrities

While Chrysler has not usually had the benefit of the kind of hype that surrounds the Mustang and Corvette, they have attracted a number of admirable and sensible people who could have any car they wanted.

The list of show folk: musicians

John Lennon's Chrysler

Person Notable Car(s) Note
Randy BachmanDrove a Dodge B-Van (Ram Van) when touring with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Then-dealer-employee J.P. Joans accidentally broke its driveshaft when it was in for repairs.4
Richard Carpenter ("The Carpenters")Collects Mopars - 300 letter-cars, Road Runners, Chargers, Imperials, and more4
Johnny Cash1954 Plymouth Savoy was "the best car I ever owned." Had other Mopars. His family will be keeping the car. 3
“Professor” Cosmo FishhawkCartoon character in “Shoe” drives a 1959 DeSoto Firedome 
Snoop Dog2004 300C4
Funkmaster Flex1971 Plymouth Duster 340 and 1969 Dodge Charger R/T6
Waylon Jennings1969 "General Lee" Dodge Charger - given to him after he told the Dukes producers he loved the way it looked. 5
John LennonGreen 1972 Chrysler station wagon. John Lennon was quoted as saying he had an emotional attachment to the wagon. Personal assistant Fred Seaman convinced Yoko Ono to replace it with a Mercedes 300 despite John’s liking for the Chrysler. Auctioned in 2011. 
Susie MacNellyThe artist who draws “Shoe” owns a restored 1959 DeSoto Firedome 
All members of NSync Plymouth Prowlers 4
Jim MorrisonDoors front-man drove a 1968 Dodge Charger from late 1969 to March 1971.4
Jon Schneider1969 "General Lee" Dodge Hemi Charger; he also drove the close-up General Lee. “He recently dropped in a overbored Hemi and is racing it in amateur events. The car averaged 152.18 mph at a recent event (see Muscle Car Review).”5
Frank Sinatra C300; 1981 Imperial; Imperial converted to limo; still owned by the family and is in Palm Springs. Also owned a Ghia designed/built 1957 Chrysler. 4, 9
Kenny Wayne Shepherd2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8, 1969 Xtreme Dodge Charger, 1970 Plymouth Duster, 1972 Dodge Charger4

Show folk: actors, movie and TV folk, sports folk, writers, and such

Let’s get this out of the way: Viper owners.

Actors: Tom Cruise, Kelsey Grammer, David Hasselhoff, Hulk Hogan (if it has a script, it’s acting), Jay Leno, Charlie Sheen, Roseann Barr, Nicholas Cage.

mickey rooney

Singers: Justin Timberlake, LeeAnn Rhimes, Alan Jackson (who reportedly got it while on tour).

Person Notable Car(s) Note
Ben Affleck Dodge Ram 4
Danny Bilson (Viper TV show maker) 2000 Dodge Caravan5
Major BowesRadio celebrity; Chrysler Airflow CW 
Tom Brady (Patriots QB) Dodge Ram4
Paget BrewsterActress, Criminal Minds, Law & Order SVU: 2001 PT Cruiser (reported in 9/25/12 TV Guide.)4
Pearl S. Buck(Writer) Imperial 4
Joe DiMaggio According to Frank Gentile, was driving an Imperial in 1972-73 4
Michael Thomas Dunn1970 Plymouth Barracuda, 1973 Plymouth Duster, Daytona Turbo, SRT-4, Dakota R/T. "He won't drive a non-Mopar." 6
Mylene FarmerFrench singer-songwriter-acterss who drove an LHS4
James Garner(Rockford Files, Maverick, etc): Raced Jeeps offroad and paid for a successful 1970s AMC Rambler off-road racer4
Red GreenDodge Viper, Ram truck4
Tom Hanks2001 PT Cruiser5
Hulk Hogan 1994 Viper and 1996 Viper GTS; was seen driving a 1968 Charger.4, 7
Bob Hope Favored Chryslers - and was often sponsored by Chrysler. 4
Don Johnson 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - he may have sold it at auction 5
Jay Leno1993 Viper R/T, 1996 Viper, and many others5
Larry the Cable GuyDodge Ram Laramie4
Albert Namatjira“Australia's most famous indigenous artist” drove a right-hand-drive Dodge truck with his name and profession painted on it4
Burt Reynolds1981-83 Imperial converted to limo; seen in STICK, Canonball Run II, and Sharkey’s Machine. Sold it to the current owner, in Scotsdale AZ, in 1985.9
Ginger RogersDeSoto spokeswoman, claimed to own one 
Mickey Rooney Famed child actor turned adult actor (see full article) posed with ’41 Plymouth; in 2002, appeared to drive a Jeep Cherokee 3
Ed Sanchez (Blair Witch filmmaker) 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5
Jon Schneider 1969 "General Lee" Dodge Hemi Charger 5
Kevin Smith (director) White Neon - seen in Chasing Amy - mentioned in commentary. 4
Morgan Spurlock Producer/Director of Supersize Me owned and drove a Chrysler minivan throughout the film  
Brooke Shields Dodge 400 and other convertibles. Chrysler presented her with a (1982?) LeBaron, the first off the line.  
Paulie Teutel ("American Chopper") Dodge Ram (his mother drives a Prowler)4

Businessmen

Person Who Are They? Notable Car(s) Note
Huntington HartfordA&P leaderChrysler Airflow CW, according to Hershey Museum5
Milton S. HersheyChocolatier1937 Chrysler Custom Imperial Airflow5
Howard Hughes Businessman, flier Imperials including a 1954 New Yorker with AirTemp air conditioning and special filtration 3,4
Lee IaccocaChrysler CEO; Ford exec Could have just about any Ford and Chrysler products he wanted; in 2000, he was driving a PT Cruiser though a top of the line Ford was in his garage. .
Kirk Kerkorian Money shuffler, green-mailer His MGM Grand had a fleet of emerald first-generation Chrysler LHS limousines; he used them when in town
Carl and Margaret Karcher Founders of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Took out a loan on their 1941 Plymouth to start their first business (in 1945). 3

Others

Amelia Earhart and Chrysler 75

Person Who Are They? Notable Car(s) Note
Buzz Aldrin Astronaut Viper 8
Edward Teller A-bomb leader 1940s Plymouth 4
Amelia EarhartPioneering pilot1929 Chrysler 7511
Neta SnookEarhart’s flight teacher1966 Plymouth Valiant 

Military Men

Also see General Eisenhower, General Powell, and Admiral Blanco above. General George C. Marshall called the Willys Jeep “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.”

GeneralCarsNote
General Douglas MacArthur 1950 Imperial 8 passenger limo4
General Pershing (U.S.)Used Dodge cars to chase Pancho Villa - cars performed flawlessly in the desert. Villa was killed in his own Dodge.1

See: Mopars of Government Leaders and Statesmen • Mopars in MoviesMopars on TV • Mopars of Song

Jim Benjaminson wrote that there were at least two Chrysler-based camera cars, built in 1947 and 1949. Both are pictured in George Dammann's 70 Years of Chrysler book. The 1947 was made by Paramount, using a new Crown Imperial sedan front; just behind the center post, a Dodge truck rear chassis was welded in. The 1949 was built by MGM, using a cut-down eight-passenger Crown Imperial, built for MGM; it could have a roadster style top, and was engineered by Chrysler itself for the job.

Thanks to:

  1. James Hale.
  2. Scott B.
  3. Jim Benjaminson.
  4. Brian Kapral, E8502, Duster, magnum4.7, pentastarfan, 69SE383, kerryman, voyager_expresso, valiant67, jeff2kpatriotblue, johnb300m, freelantz, archdyzn, Mark Schmidt, Steve Landon, John Daigle, Thomas Elkins, yoda, Curtis Redgap, Steve, Mopar Ernie, J.M. Charbin, nightrider88, George from Brooklyn, Manfred Namatjira, J.P. Joans, Dave Duricy, Graham Combs, Adam C. Clark, Dr. Daniel F. Muldoon, others
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  6. Rick Rogers
  7. Jake ("Outkast187")
  8. FreeLantz
  9. James Hannaford
  10. Bill Cawthon
  11. J.P. Joans, who supplied the photo as well. A 1955 corporate history claimed she introduced the new Plymouth at Madison Square Garden, but Jim Benjaminson, after much research, discovered that she never did, though Chrysler did give her the blue Chrysler roadster in the photo.

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