Jennifer Aniston's First Big Splurge Was $13,000
When a celebrity hits it big — say, they manage to find themselves on one of the most beloved TV shows, ever — there's usually a "treat yourself" moment that involves diamonds, Louis Vuitton bags, or headline-making real estate. But for Jennifer Aniston, it was something a little less glam, but just as memorable.
During her appearance on InStyle's podcast, Ladies First with Laura Brown, Aniston explained that her first real splurge was a vintage car that she'd lusted after for two years, and when she finally pulled the trigger and got it for herself, it snowballed into a huge issue she wasn't expecting.
"First fashion splurge. What did you buy when you were like, 'Oh, I've got it,'" Brown asked during the sit-down.
"My first fashion splurge was not fashion," Aniston explained. "My first splurge was a car."
From there, it got more and more L.A., with a story that involves the storied, celeb-beloved Fred Segal and rom-com worthy circumstances.
"It was a Mercedes 270 SL cream. It was on La Cienaga and where Fred Segal is on Melrose ... There was always this Mercedes, this 270 SL Mercedes," Aniston said. "[It] sat forever, saying 'for sale' on it for like two years. And I remember thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if I could buy that car one day? ... And then the first year of Friends happened and I was like, 'You know what, I'm going to buy that antique car, 'cause I've always loved that car.' I can't remember how much it was. It might've been like $13,000."
But that wasn't the end of the ride. Like a twisted Cinderella story, Aniston's car didn't live up to her expectations. Instead of being a dream-come-true chariot of glory, the car needed a lot of work, making that initial splurge more of a money pit than a big "I've made it" moment.
"It got me home. And then I don't even actually think I made it home right before it just went like '[noise],'" Aniston finished. "So, it might've honestly just been the shell of a car, and I was the sucker to finally purchase it. So the amount of work I had to put into that car just to make it drive a block was ..." We get the picture.