Playlist: Robert Herjavec

The Shark Tank investor and season 20 Dancing with the Stars contestant chats about his love for exotic cars, racing Ferraris and his yearning to get behind the wheel of his new Hellcat.

Story By: Mark Lelinwalla

RIDES: How many cars do you currently own?
Robert Herjavec: I have around 20 cars. I’m not a big collector. I love to drive, and the problem is there’s always something new, faster, with better handling, so I keep buying them.

What was the first car you ever drove?
Something like a Caprice station wagon, one of those old wood-paneled cars that my dad had.

How did that driving experience compare to the exotics today?
I love to drive. I have always loved cars, and people who know me know that that’s been a constant in my life since I could walk. People who don’t know me think I like really expensive things; I just like cars. The price point really doesn’t matter. I have a Dodge Hellcat on order, and I’m super excited to get it. It’s 707 horsepower in a car that cost $60,000 with big-ass wheels—how could you not love that? I have an appreciation for speed and beautiful things.

Is there a car you’d never sell?
It’s the car I bought for my dad when I first sold my business. He would always say, “If I make money one day, I’m going to buy a Cadillac.” I bought a 2000 Cadillac sedan DeVille in pearl white, took him to a showroom, got him to sit in it. I said, “Today is the day,” flipped the visor and gave him the keys. He passed away about five years ago. I don’t think I would ever sell that car.

You tweeted a picture of your brand-new LaFerrari last fall. Is it the most prized member of your fleet?
Yeah, for sure—zero to 60 in 2.1 [seconds], 1,000 horsepower…it’s incredible. The only downside is it’s like having a magnet for people to follow you. It’s so over the top, it’s really difficult to go anywhere.

What other cars are in your fleet?
My latest car, a 1958 Porsche 356 cab four-cam. It’s beautiful. That is the iconic California car. When I think of driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, that’s the car I think of—the James Dean Porsche convertible. The car weighs nothing, and you get this feeling that you’re going a million miles an hour. It’s in the opening sequence of Dancing with the Stars.

How did you segue into racing?
I got to the point where driving on the streets is great, but you want to push the car and yourself to the limit, so I decided to try the Ferrari Challenge. I have been racing for four years.

Is it fair to label you a Ferrari enthusiast or is that an understatement?
I have a fantastic relationship with Ferrari, and I’m definitely a Ferrari enthusiast, but I think I’m a car enthusiast. I’m not snooty about it being a Ferrari. I mean, I love Ferraris because I think they’re such incredible cars.

Do you customize any of your cars?
If the gas cap on my Aston Martin gets replaced, I want an Aston Martin gas cap. If the cigarette lighter in the Porsche gets lost, I need a Porsche cigarette lighter from that year. I’m a bit of a purist that way.

What He’s Bangin’

• Eminem “8 Mile”

• Golden Earring “Radar Love”

• Eagles “Hotel California”

• Skrillex “Bangarang”

• Meat Loaf “Two Out of
Three Ain’t Bad”

• Bob Seger
“Night Moves”

• Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”

• Jay Z “Holy Grail”

• Justin Timberlake “What Goes Around…Comes Around”


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