Ford Sues Wrestler John Cena For Flipping His Ford GT
Ford says Cena signed an agreement promising to keep the car for two years.
When Ford was deciding which lucky individuals would get the right to purchase the redesigned Ford GT, they ran potential owners through the gauntlet. Then for those selected, they got the privilege of dropping more than $400,000 on the new supercar. But it didn’t come without a catch. Owners had to promise they wouldn’t flip it for a profit. New owners taking delivery had a sign an agreement promising to hold the car for at least two years before selling it.
Well, it looks like wrestler-turned-actor John Cena didn’t care too much about that little agreement he signed with Ford. According to TMZ, he allegedly sold his new Ford GT, flipping it for a huge profit. Ford found out about the sale and is suing Cena in the U.S. District Court in Michigan.
According to Ford, "Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale."
Ford wants Cena to fork over all the profits he made on sale as well as pay damages. The lawsuit claims that Cena told Ford he sold the car to pay bills.
It’s not uncommon for car companies to run potential owners through a vetting process when delivering supercars, or hypercars, as we’re calling them nowadays. There’s a very famous case of a large Ferrari collector, Preston Henn, becoming enraged when Ferrari wouldn’t let him buy the La Ferrari Aperta. It’s also not rare for companies to try and demand owners hold on to their cars. However, these types of agreements are difficult to enforce in court.
That doesn’t stop car companies from blackballing owners looking for a quick flip. I bet Cena will have a tough time getting any other special edition cars from Ford in the future.