Ford Sues Wrestler John Cena For Flipping His Ford GT

Ivan Schwartz
December 4, 2017

As part of the terms and conditions for buying the vehicle, Cena agreed to hold onto it for at least two years.

John Cena is a WWE professional wrestler and sometimes film star, but he's also a big vehicle aficionado, with a collection of both vintage and modern muscle cars and supercars that would be the envy of any garage; he's even got a blog on YouTube called John Cena: Auto Geek.

Automakers tend to cringe when their rare supercars are resold for big bucks after they're sold. "Ford also has lost nearly two years of ambassadorship and brand value that Mr. Cena would have offered by owning the vehicle for the contractually required time", the complaint concludes.

Not just anyone can buy the 647-horsepower supercar: Ford implemented a rigorous vetting process that included previous GT ownership, activity on social media, and signing a legal document stating they wouldn't selling it for 24 months.

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The lawsuit claims that Cena was "selected from thousands of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the Ford GT". Ford clearly wanted its GT owners to continue to be seen driving the GT for a while to positively represent its brand.

Cena was selected by Ford previous year to be able to purchase one of around 500 GT supercars the company has built so far, and picked his up in September. Cena has said that he sold the vehicle and other pieces of property to pay bills. While he said that it was so good he "needs a new change of trousers", it also looked like a pretty tight squeeze in there for the big guy.

Court papers in defense of Mr. Cena say he sold the 2017 auto - and other property - to pay bills.

Ford Motor Company thinks John Cena couldn't see the terms of his contract.

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