John Cena Sued By Ford for Flipping His GT Supercar
Ford wasn’t kidding about wanting to keep ownership of the GT as exclusive as possible. In addition to setting production numbers incredibly low, the company also carefully vetted prospective supercar buyers and made them promise not to resell the vehicle for at least two years.
While atypical of Ford-branded vehicles, clauses like that aren’t uncommon among high-end manufacturers selling an ultra-rare model. But what happens when a customer decides to ignore the contract and flip the vehicle prematurely?
Well, as wrestling-icon John Cena found out, the automaker takes you to court. On Thursday, Ford Motor Company filed suit against Cena in the U.S. District Court in Michigan over breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.
According to a report from the celebrity hounds at TMZ, the manufacturer is demanding Cena hand over all profits made from the sale and pay damages. “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 said in a statement.
It’s a little sad to see things play out like this, especially after Cena publicly expressed his love for the GT right after purchasing one. The lawsuit states that John claims to have sold the car, along with other property, to pay off bills.
The company wants to keep the $500,000 supercar in the hands of enthusiasts and high-profile celebrities for obvious marketing reasons. Cena probably seemed like a safe bet. With a celebrity status that extends beyond his wrestling career, he also has a fairly extensive collection of rare cars he could have sold instead of the Ford if he needed some fast cash.
Maybe the interior was just too crowded for his bulky 6’1″ frame. Watching video of him trying to squeeze inside the squat GT almost makes one feel claustrophobic on his behalf.
Nobody likes when a corporate entity gets litigious and it’s often easy to take the side of the individual who’s on the receiving end of a lawsuit. But Cena knew the score when he purchased the car. Ford wasn’t trying to hide the clause and the order of confirmation clearly states that GT buyers “understand that being selected for the opportunity to purchase this vehicle is non-transferable and agree not to sell the vehicle within the first 24 months of delivery.”
Unless The Rock runs into the courtroom to back Cena and body slam the prosecution in a WrestleMania-styled plot twist, Ford looks to have this one in the bag.
[Image: Ford Motor Company]
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These comments are a great demonstration of why it's best to seek legal advice from a lawyer when you have a serious legal problem instead of getting it from who-knows-who-the-internet-expert-on-all-topics.
Sorry guys, I see this as an enforceable contract. He is a big boy. This isn't a normal car by anyone's point of view. I'd love to see the actual contract....to see if he agreed to injunctive relief. I'm reminded of the folks (usually ham radio ops) who get all twisted that the Homeowners Association is making them miserable because they can't put up huge antennas.....when they bought in, they signed agreements, and should have known of the restrictions...no one forced them to buy, like this guy, and it isn't a contract of adhesion, like a credit card agreement where everyone knows you have no leverage. This is clearly a toy. Ford sold them with conditions. You took the car knowing the conditions. Maybe he ran out of money. Possibly he drove it twice, and realized he hated it. The world is full of toy cars with 15 years and 9,000 miles on them. In any event, a well drafted contract (which I'd LOVE to read) would have some sort of "sell back" provision, but probably for sticker, not at a profit.