“So no one told you life was gonna be this way?”, this line from the iconic TV show ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ theme song is something we’ve all been wondering while we try so hard to make peace with the whole COVID-19 situation. If this particular thought hits you in the same rhythm as the line from the song, then we guessing that you are a big-time F.R.I.E.N.D.S junkie like us. If that’s the case, then we’re sure that you’ve had multiple reruns of the show’s 10 seasons during the lockdown. Well, we’d be lying if we’ll say that we aren’t guilty of doing the same.
While being fans of the show like you, we @GoMechanic are also full-time gearheads. We couldn’t help the latter, whatever it may be. Forced out of habit, it got us to think, what does Joey, Chandler, Monica, Ross, Phoebe and Rachel drive in real life? Interesting thought, right? So, here’s the list of cars that the “Friends” from the F.R.I.E.N.D.S cast drive in real life.
P.S: We hope that we used the air quotes correctly, you know, unlike Joey.
We start the list with the ditzy yet adorable Phoebe Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow on the show. Lisa is the eldest of all the six lead cast members and she also won an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing the character of Phoebe Buffay. Well, F.R.I.E.N.D.S was like a million years ago, Lisa Kudrow now has a 22-year-old son with her husband Michel Stern. She also recently starred in the Netflix comedy series ‘Space Force’ opposite Steve Carell, playing his wife on the show.
But enough about her, let’s get down to the cars Lisa Kudrow got. Lisa Kudrow has got herself a very comprehensive garage ranging from sports coupes to SUVs and a Toyota Prius. Here’s the list of cars Lisa owns:
- Jaguar F-Type
- Porsche Cayman
- Lexus RX
- Toyota Prius
Lisa has got a car for every occasion, for the occasional taste of thrill, she’s got the coupe and being a responsible citizen of the world, she’s got a Toyota Prius Hybrid as her daily driver.
Did you hear someone scream “I Know”, cause its time we talk about the “neat freak” Monica Geller played by Courtney Cox? Courtney is often considered the glue that helped the six cast members stick together throughout the show. She still keeps in touch with the ensemble on a regular basis and her Instagram account is proof of that.
Both Courtney and her character Monica have been blessed with great cars. Remember when during season 7 Monica inherited a 1985 Porsche 911 Targa from her dad? In real life as well, Courtney has owned some magnificent car ranging from Jaguars to Mercedes. She has also owned a Porsche 911 in real life as well. But, the latest whip she has been spotted riding in is a Black Tesla Model S. Here’s the list of cars that Courtney Cox has owned:
- Lexus IS C
- BMW Hydrogen 7
- Mercedes-Benz ML class
- Jaguar S-type
- Porsche 911
- Tesla Model S
Well, these cars may not the fastest ones around, but if they are under Courtney’s care, they ought to be clean as hell as Monica Geller’s cleaning obsessions are inspired from Courtney real-life attributes.
Undoubtedly, the most charismatic “Friend” among all the six friends as Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston. Ross’s “love of his life” and Joey’s heartfelt crush has been stealing hearts till now, decades after the show went off the air. She recently joined the Instagram tribe and the social media platform literally crashed down from the overwhelming response by Jen’s fans. She is clearly the most sensational of all the six to date.
During the same season when Monica got the Porsche from her dad, remember how Rachel was constantly denied to get behind the wheel of the Geller Porsche? However, in real life, there’s no way she is denied to get behind some of the most desirable cars. Jennifer Aniston’s car collection is what you call swanky. It consists of luxurious Grand Tourers and SUVs, full-size luxury sedans and just like Lisa Kudrow, a Toyota Prius as well. Here are the list cars owned by Jennifer Aniston:
- Bentley Continental GT
- Range Rover Vogue
- Mercedes S-class
- Audi A8
- Toyota Prius
Jennifer Aniston also gifted her ex-husband Justin Theroux a Porsche Panamera while they were together.
Dr Ross Geller, The palaeontological with a knack for Dinosaurs, Monica’s elder brother, the guy with “the three divorces”, Rachel’s lobster, we all remember David Schwimmer’s character from the show vividly. We also remember Ross buying a red MG Model B for this 30th birthday. The car got stuck in a tight parking spot and Ross had a hard time getting the car out of there. In real life, David Schwimmer hasn’t been so unfortunate with cars. Unlike the rest of his co-stars, Schwimmer doesn’t have a fleet of cars to flex about. But whatever he is seen to drive around it is quite tasteful. Here are some of the cars that David Schwimmer is spotted driving around in:
- Ford Mustang GT
- Jaguar XK
- Range Rover
Looking at the cars David has had, it seems like he too believes in that “there is no replacement for displacement” as all the three cars in his list come with chunky powerhouses under the hood.
Can this BE completed without knowing Matthew Perry’s car collection? Here comes the Chan Chan Man with his tasteful cars.
The one thing that made the show “hilarious” more than anything is Chandler Bing’s spot-on comic timing and the ultimate “sarcasm guru” that he was. Matthew Perry’s portrayal of Chandler Bing was inspired from his own demeanour. It is said that Perry’s wit was as sharp as his character in the show and the writers of the show often incorporated his ideas into the script.
Matthew Perry’s work on the show gathered him tremendous successful even after the show and he has spent the millions that came with it on some exotic stuff. Amongst the things he spent a share of his fortune on were cars. Matthew Perry’s car garage consists of some noteworthy rides. Here’s the list of the cars that Matthew Perry has ever got:
- Porsche Panamera
- Audi R8
- BMW 6 series
- BMW Z8
- Lincoln Navigator
Saving the best for the last, now this is some true car geek stuff. Matt Leblanc is the only one from the cast who is a downright car enthusiast and auto geek. Matt’s father was a mechanic, so being a petrolhead runs in his DNA. As a young kid, Matt used to help his father in repairing cars. That’s why he isn’t just some balling enthusiast, he knows the in’s and out’s of automobiles thoroughly.
His portrayal of Joey Tribbiani is celebrated by the fans more than anything else there was on the show. Joey’s character like Leblanc was an automobile enthusiast too. Things like the 1954 French Grand Prix poster in his room and the utterly hilarious episode where Joey finds lost keys to a Porsche prove that.
When a man with Matt’s level of automobile enthusiasm becomes Matt’s level of wealthy, then it is imperative they spend a good deal of that wealth on exotic automobiles. Matt Leblanc’s garage consists of everything from sports cars to scooters and even an insane Caterpillar D6M XL Bulldozer. He is completely hands-on with his collection and takes up customisation and performance upgrade projects and works on them himself.
Leblanc also has a comprehensive two-wheeler garage as well. He owns a Ducati 1299 Superleggera, Suzuki GSX-R, a dirt bike and even a 50cc Aprillia Scooter.
When it comes to cars, Matt Leblanc has owned a dozen of them over the years. His garage includes 2 Ferraris, a handful of Porsches and various other daily drivers and vintage cars.
Here’s the list of cars that Matt Leblanc has ever owned:
- 930 Porsche 911
- 964 Porsche 911
- 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (only 500 in the world)
- Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS
- 996 Porsche 911 Turbo S
- Ferrari 360 Modena
- Ferrari 458 Italia
- Fiat X1/9
- 1973 De Tomaso Pantera
- 1985 Nissan Pickup
- 1978 Chevrolet Blazer
- Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
- Ford Focus RS
Jeez, that’s a long list. Matt sure knows how to keep one’s car fancies in check and he fulfils most of that by showcasing his love for Porsche.
Matt Leblanc’s global popularity and his passion for automobiles got him to host the world’s most celebrated motoring programme ‘Top Gear’ from 2016 to 2019. Starring in one of the most popular TV shows on earth, having the best car collection out there, hosting top gear, women going crazy over him despite being 53 years old, what more can a guy ask for? Matt Leblanc sure is living one hell of a life.