World’s Most Feared Drug Kingpin had Eclectic Auto Tastes
Pablo Escobar. The Columbian drug kingpin committed detestable acts of violence that spanned multiple continents during his cocaine-funded reign of terror. He stole, bribed, extorted, and murdered his way from a small-time Medellin car thief to becoming one of the most powerful men in the world, and though his business methods were abhorrent, the man had quite the passion for cars.
However, unlike many of his contemporaries who were interested in two-door exotics exclusive to the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini, Escobar’s automotive tastes resembled more of a ‘grab bag.’
The Columbian drug lord famously owned a Renault 4 hatchback, dozens of Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs, a selection of pre-war American phaetons, as well as scooters, hovercrafts, private jets and even a submarine.
That being said, the gangster’s interest was also piqued by his Mercedes 300SL roadster, Porsche 356, Mercedes 600 limousine, and an early 1930s Cadillac that he allegedly peppered with gunfire because it reminded him of Al Capone.
When you have as much money as Escobar did, you can afford to go out and buy any and every ride you like. At the height of Escobar’s drug empire, he allegedly controlled up to 80 percent of the world’s cocaine market and garnered a net worth valued in the billions of dollars. In 1989, Forbes Magazine even listed him as the seventh richest man in the world.
Many of his personal cars disappeared over the years, but a few have survived – albeit in rough shape – at the kingpin’s decaying 2,200-acre Hacienda Napoles estate.