Pablo Escobar: Ruthless Criminal, Drug Lord...Car Aficionado?
Netflix’s new show "Narcos" has already been receiving critical praise-after only just debuting, and it had us wondering what one does with all that money. Cars would be likely be among the purchases, following a fortified villa and a private army. So, with the positive reception this show has already drawn, we thought we’d look into one of the shows real-life characters. Pablo “El Patron” Escobar. Escobar was once the seventh richest person in the world, worth in his heyday over $9 billion. Just to put that into perspective, the current GDP of Iceland, and most of Africa, combined, would not add up to that amount. With that, Escobar had cash to burn like you wouldn’t believe. Villas around the world, women, drugs, guns, and every debaucherous thing you can think of. However, Escobar had a real passion for cars and one of the oddest collections at the time. Not that this makes him any less of a criminal responsible for the slaughter of thousands of people. RELATED: Gaze At This Beautiful Porsche 356
Escobar came from a poor family in Medellin, Columbia and began his life of crime by boosting cars at a young age. However, he had always wanted the better things in life. While most today would attempt to work their butts off to achieve this, Escobar wanted to do it his way, and he achieved those things by becoming one of the biggest cocaine smugglers in history.
While other despots like the Sultan of Brunei go for the finer, more exclusive supercars and amass amazing collections, only to see them collect with dust and debris, Escobar wanted only those that struck his fancy. There weren’t Lamborghini’s or Ferrari’s, but much more simple and stoic cars that were a bit more subdued in nature.
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The story of Escobar’s Cadillac is one of myth and legend. Rumor has it that the drug king pin bought the Cadillac because it reminded him of Al Capone’s personal car. However, the look just wasn’t right for Escobar. It lacked a certain gangster attitude according to those familiar with the story. Therefore, one day, he decided he knew what the car needed. Bullet holes. That’s right, because it wasn’t gangster enough, Escobar unloaded a few dozen rounds into the Cadillac just to make it look right!
Porsche 356 Coupe
Perhaps one of the prettiest cars of all time, the Porsche 356 was one of the company’s earliest models and continues to be an absolute classic. The clean lines, the celebrity history of the car, and the pure joy you have when you’re blasting down the highway listening to that engine purr make the car just that much more special. Because of this car, and only this car, he and Jerry Seinfeld were only a few degrees of separation at the time. Although we’re sure Seinfeld probably wouldn’t want anything to do with him. But come on, do you really think he’d have a choice if Escobar wanted a real connection?
Mercedes 600 Grosser LWB
Fans of Top Gear will undoubtedly remember this car from the time James and Jeremy each brought their own personal cars to the set to show that old luxury cars are still good. The conclusion was they weren’t, and the clip of them with the cars is absolutely hilarious. However, during the clip, James brought up the rather murky past of the 600 Grosser, and that people who owned it tended to be not the sort of people you’d like to meet in a dark alley. Additionally, Jeremy stated that undoubtedly those individuals who owned one of these cars would have access to a private air force. This pretty much sums up Escobar and his own 600.
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In the end, Escobar’s cars haven’t exactly faired all that well, and those that you saw above aren’t exactly his specific cars. After the fall of Escobar’s empire, his cars were left in the middle of either the jungle to rot, or were burned, or shelled by the anti-Escobar group Los PEPES, or the Colombian army. That means the cars he once owned are either gone, or are charred and rusted through.
Despite their condition, the cars are now being preserved at his former estate, which has also been turned into a dinosaur theme park. Not exactly the dynamic end you’d expect for a man who was hunted the world over.