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01/13 2017

Prince had a pretty eclectic car collection (as you’d expect) THE ARTIST DIED LAST YEAR WITHOUT LEAVING A WILL BY:  JAY RAMEY

A Plymouth Prowler was just one of Prince's unusual vehicles

A Plymouth Prowler is one of just under 20 vehicles that the probate court managing Prince’s estate has cataloged.

Music stars are notorious for accumulating cars, and these collections can be placed into a number of major categories. Some buy the flashiest rides of the year — this is pretty common if you think back to episodes of “MTV’s Cribs” — while others buy classic cars they wanted as kids before they became famous. A handful of recording artists who have made it even try to collect cars with the goal of turning a profit; Jay Kay of funk band Jamiroquai and a frequent guest on the old British version of “Top Gear” fits into this category with his curated collection of supercars and classics. Then there are famous artists who are seemingly unable to part with cars they have casually come to own over the years. We’ll call this the Hoarder category.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide which category Prince’s car collection fits into. A probate court filing in Minnesota has compiled a list of vehicles that belonged to the late artist.

– 1993 Ford Thunderbird
– 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
– 1997 Lincoln Town Car
– 2004 Cadillac XLR
– 2010 Mercedes-Benz
– 2011 Lincoln MKT
– 1996 BMW Z3 roadster
– 2006 Bentley
– 1985 Cadillac limousine
– 1999 Plymouth Prowler
– 1964 Buick Wildcat
– 1991 BMW 850
– Buick Electra 225
– 1984 BMW 633CS
– “Purple Rain” motorcycle
– “Graffiti Bridge” motorcycle
– 1995 Provost bus
– Honda Motorcycle

This listing is taken almost verbatim from the probate court filing, and probate court filings are not known for specificity when it comes to cars, aside from the year of manufacture and, sometimes, number of doors. So just which 2010 model of Mercedes-Benz Prince actually owned at the time of his death is a mystery for now. To a probate court, a Mercedes-Benz is a Mercedes-Benz. But if we had to guess about the Hondamotorcycle, our money would be on a Gold Wing model.

The car whose backstory we would like to know the most is probably a tie between the 1964 Buick Wildcat and Buick Electra 225 of an undetermined year of manufacture; we’re sensing a Buick theme going on.

If there is another faint theme, it is for BMW coupes and roadsters, as well as dramatically styled domestic sports cars — even though the Prowler and the XLR seem like impulse purchases. But overall, the collection is varied, and it’s also notable (or not) for its lack of Japanese cars.