Although it doesn’t apply in every case, there seems to be a strong link between being a professional musician and wanting to own a car.

Often this is a matter of necessity. If you operate anywhere near the music industry you’ll have heard of people searching for the cheapest model that will carry their drum kit, harp or double bass because they can’t take it with them on the train. In this respect, singers and piccolo players have it easy.

High-earning musicians are more likely to have cars they don’t need but enjoy owning. Sometimes this is because they have a lot of money and want to spend it on nice things. Alternatively, they may be keen motorists, including ones who lived most of their lives in the 19th century.

Here are some examples of successful car-owning musicians, some of whose choices may be very different from what you might have expected.

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