WWE superstar John Cena is being sued by Ford for selling his brand new GT for a massive profit, which goes against his buyer’s contract.
We all know that John Cena is good at flipping his opponents, but flipping a half-a-million dollar car? Apparently he can do that too, except that act is highly frowned upon.
Ford Motor Company is suing Cena for reselling his 2017 custom Ford GT for a hefty profit less than a month after taking ownership of the car. This action is in violation of a contract he signed promising to keep the car for a minimum of 24 months before selling it.
According to Ford, John Cena paid $466,376 for the Liquid Blue supercar in September 2017 and sold it before the end of October 2017.
The lawsuit reads as follows:
"“In his application, Mr. Cena portrayed himself as an enthusiast of high-end automobiles, as well as the Ford brand, by attaching to his application, photographs, video clips, and web posts of himself in, and promoting, high-end cars.“Mr. Cena is a known car collector, and referenced numerous limited edition and high-end vehicles that he owned and collected at the time of his application, including a model year 2006 Ford GT.”"
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Through a thorough selection process, Ford hand-picked its buyers for the mid-engined, two-seater coupe, which included celebrities like John Cena to help build the brand’s potential. Cena was also the owner of a 2006 Ford GT, and chosen out of 7,000 applicants to buy the limited edition 2017 model – of which only 1,000 will be made.
By selling the near-$500,000 car less than a month after claiming ownership is a breach of his contract with Ford and calls for legal action. Ford Motor Company says that the WWE star made a large profit from the sale, though they did not disclose a specified amount. Now the automaker wants Cena to return the profit he made and pay an additional $75,000 in damages.
The reason why the ownership limit clause was in the contract is because brands dislike when their customers buy super rare cars just to turn a profit. They try to prevent this from happening by implementing contract agreements, which are not meant to be broken.
Cena, one of WWE’s most wealthy stars, responded to the lawsuit with a reasoning that he needed to pay some of his bills.
We see you John Cena, and now so do the lawyers. Maybe Ford will tweak its contracts now to avoid this incident from recurring in the future.