Inside Comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ $3 Million Volkswagen Bus Collection

Inside Comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ $3 Million Volkswagen Bus Collection


– The value of the collection, it’s truly priceless. It’s truly priceless, but
we’re accepting offers. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] This is Gabriel Iglesias, everyone’s favorite fluffy comedian and star of the Netflix
series “Mr. Iglesias.” We’re taking a tour of
his enormous garage, which features a collection
of classic Volkswagen buses worth more than $3 million. Gabriel’s going to take
us through what he calls The Fluffy Museum and give us a look at some of his personal favorite buses, as well as a few other rare rides he owns. – Why did I become interested in collecting Volkswagen buses? Because I don’t have a cocaine problem and I needed somewhere to
spend the money, honestly. I talked to Jay Leno,
and Jay told me, he says, “You know what?” He says, “People are gonna
tell you to invest your money “certain ways.” He goes, “But with me,”
he goes, “I like the cars, “because, first of all,
if they’re classic, “it is an investment, it’s
an investment you can enjoy, “so you can drive them,
and when you sell them, “they’ll be worth more.” Each one of these is
valued somewhere between one to $200,000. No, I have no intention of selling, but at the end of the
day, as soon as I’m gone, and when I mean gone, this is
gonna be turned into a museum for the city of Long Beach. (cheerful music) – [Narrator] Gabriel says
he built his Fluffy Museum to resemble the famous Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with
his own choices of artwork and Fluffy pieces. – Right here we have a
1967 Westfalia Camper. I actually purchased it
from a guy in Germany, who had purchased it from a
guy in Southern California. So the car went from Southern
California, to Germany, back to Southern California. So it gets around. It was completely white,
and it was kinda boring, kinda boring camper. We wanted to put something
a little bit more elegant, and we thought that this
color scheme was something that looked really,
like, “Wow, look at that, “you’re gonna be afraid to get it dirty.” Probably wouldn’t wanna
take it into the woods now. – [Narrator] Gabriel works
closely with a team of experts to restore his newest
additions to the collection and help keep all his metal
babies in running order. – Right here we have a 1966. This started off as a pistachio green. We decided that it needed an upgrade. I’m a big comic-book guy, and so I like the “Iron Man” colors, ’cause Iron Man’s my favorite character, and so these are very much
close to those colors. There’s no bus out there
that has this color combo. This is a 1963 15-window bus. I call this bus Quinceanera. Believe it or not, these
are actually the rarest, because there are only 15 windows. But people always say, “Oh,
I want the 21, I want the 21, “I want the 21,” ’cause
they’re just, you know. But true collectors understand
that these are super rare. All right, something completely
different right here. I know from the front it looks
like one of the other buses, but this is not a bus, per se, it’s actually a double-cab little truck. Back in the day, people
did work, just like now, and they needed trucks. They didn’t come this
way, just so you know. Back then it was a working man’s truck, so ain’t no room for chrome. This is total aftermarket. It’s pretty. And it’s got an engine that’ll freaking. (imitates engine roaring) (cackles) – [Narrator] Gabriel’s
love for Volkswagens doesn’t stop at buses, though. The collector owns some of the
rarest Beetles you can find. – What we have here is one
of the oldest Volkswagen Bugs in the country. It’s a Hoffman edition, 1950, which is basically the first
year they started selling them here in the United States. An original, and I’ve got all
the paperwork to prove it. I got more paperwork
for this car than I do for most of my family members. And yeah, they say that
there’s one of three of these, and this is probably the nicest one. – [Narrator] But Gabriel isn’t
strictly a Volkswagen lover. The comedian also holds a
special place in his heart for muscle cars, particularly
this rare Trans Am signed by actor Burt Reynolds himself, whose 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit” made the car a household name. – It wasn’t like this when we got it. It was just a plain, black Camaro. We sent this black Camaro
over to our friends at Trans Am Depot, over in Florida. In about six months they
turned that black Camaro into this beautiful thing of art. I am so scared to drive this car. Unfortunately, as soon as
Burt Reynolds passed away, the value of this thing
went through the roof, and, yeah, if I scuff it at
Starbucks, I’m gonna cry. – [Narrator] Gabriel even owns two cars in his personal museum that
he didn’t buy for himself, but for his fish. – All right, now, clearly,
I will not be driving either one of these. These are my babies right here. The nicest fish tanks. Our good friends over at ATM,
they came in and they said, “Fluffy, we wanna make you
something really cool.” And they did. These were Brazilian Volkswagen buses. Now, any bus that was made
in Brazil, chances are, the parts got mixed up a little bit. Back in the day, there was nobody to say, “Well, you know, all the parts need to be, “they all need to match, on the numbers.” And in Brazil at the time,
“I’ll take this piece “from the 1972, add it to this 1958, “and put on some 1962 this, “and add a little bit of 1981 that.” And so, a lot of the buses,
we call ’em Frankensteins. (upbeat music)

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100 Comments

  1. Having never made a lot of money my 2 buses have been daily drivers for over 55 years. In 83 my 20-year-old 1964 bus was stolen. At times work was shared with another vehicle but for the most part driving is in a bus (including 11 years commuting over HWY 17). What a dream his collection is! Every couple of years I get bent over by the State of California for smog on a bus that is 40-years-old.

  2. ABSOLUTELY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUSES EVER MADE!! AND YOU GOT THEM GABE?? DAMM YOU, DAMM YOU!!! LOLOL COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A BETTER MAN……..

  3. So nobody is obese or fat anymore everybody is fluffy. Ahh if only George Carlin could be here to torch him. Also, how about just donating some of that money to charity? I used to like Gabriel but after watching this I'm disgusted.

  4. People who are claiming that "Iron Man" bus is brown and orange: Its two different shades of orange. You can see it at 2:25. get your eyes checked.

  5. More shit than he needs in too lifetime's. He's just holding it till he dies then his relatives will use them or sell them off. I never understand why these people get so greedy.

  6. Good for him….Didn't know he had either the successful career or the car collection. Not only collects but more importantly maintains them. Nice

  7. People like us get up everyday and work hard only to achieve nothing. The only thing we ever achieve is paying the bills, which is why we remain broke all the time and unable to ever afford to buy the things we love and can only dream of owning.

    We’re not allowed to live lives where we can wake up and just take a ride in our “Balloon slash Casino” over to our 400 acre farm with an underground car warehouse drag strip.

  8. some rich people are so dumb but whatever floats your boat. gonna collect a bunch of buses for what man… like youre fat af and you probably sleep all day other than trying to be funny… its funny for 5 year olds but damn

  9. This collection is the stupidiest thing Ive seen in my life! not one insgle "combi" from Mexico city! or a yellow taxi…

  10. I love Fluffy but I couldn't care less about another millionaire flaunting their wealth like I'm supposed to give a shit that he's so obscenely wealthy he can afford expensive hotwheels.

  11. what a joke, instead of using that money to help the hispanic community, hollywood for you people, yet they still support him cause they are racist

  12. His obesity is killing him, and needs to get barbaric surgery immediately. Great collection, but won't do him any good, if he can't see them with being blind from diabetes.

  13. had two bus's myself but only used them for transport. A nightmare to work on but….. sure felt like a king in a special group when i drove them. To drive one of these around the beach today with all that chrome, man I'd be that young man again.

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