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August 6th, 2018

Here Are Some of Those Vintage Cars That Top Athletes have Become Fans Of

There is one thing common between amazing sportsmen and wonderful cars; both are admired a great deal by people all over the world. There is an intimate relationship between sportsmen and cars as almost all the sports celebrities love to showcase their profile by riding unique cars.

Even though most of the players go for advanced, super-fast sports cars, yet a few have a taste for vintage or classic cars. A classic car is basically an older vehicle with a significant historical importance of being collectable. These cars are considered so valuable that they are opted to be preserved, modified and used rather than scrapped.

To provide you two tastes in one flavour, below we have compiled a star studded list of some of the most venerated classic cars owned by some of the worthiest sportsmen.

Lionel Messi’s Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti

Lionel Messi’s Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti

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Does this man need an introduction? Lionel Messi is considered arguably the best footballer ever by many football pundits. According to Forbes, this guy is highest earning football player at the moment. So, why won’t he ride whatever he wants?

Lionel Messi boasts a brilliant collection of cars and 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti is one of them. This scintillating retro sports car costed Messi a staggering at $32 million at the time of its auction, which makes it one of the most expensive vintage cars around. The looks, specs and feel of this car show why exactly it is rated so highly. It might be a classic car but don’t you dare think it isn’t fast because all it takes are only 4 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph.

No wonder why Leo Messi went the extra mile for this beast.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage; David Beckham’s Bitch

Aston Martin V8 Vantage; David Beckham’s Bitch

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David Beckham is a jack of all trades. Be it as a footballer, model or brand ambassador, he excelled in everything he put his feet in. David Beckham and his wife Victoria are known for their huge collection of unique cars.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage classic makes it to his list of favourite cars. This is the same V8 Vantage which was termed as Britain’s First Supercar. Vantage dons a powerful 5.3 litre V8 engine coupled with a low-key lustrous styling. Only 534 cars of this model were manufactured and David Beckham is lucky to have grabbed one of them.

Lewis Hamilton’s 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra

Lewis Hamilton's 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra

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Doesn’t matter if you are a formula one fan or not, you must be aware of name of Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is a car racing driver from Britain and is a four-time World Champion of Formula One and many refer to him as the best driver of this generation.

As you would expect from a racing champion, Lewis Hamilton boasts a tremendous collection of cars and Shelby Cobra 427 makes an unsurprising entry. This legendary sports car was fashioned in 1966 and holds under its bonnet a gigantic V-8 engine. The stature and appeal of this retro racing sports car is one of its kind and Shelby deserves all the credit for that. The car provided many reasons for Lewis Hamilton to spent money like water to buy it.

Ford Bronco; Andy Roddick’s Old Chum

Ford Bronco; Andy Roddick’s Old Chum

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The former world No. 1 tennis player, Andy Roddick is one of the few tennis stars who are widely regarded as the one of the bests in history of the game. Like all other athletes, Andy Roddick is also fond of fantastic cars.

Andy Roddick bought the Ford Bronco on the advice of his wife and never regretted the decision because Bronco is a monster, despite being 45 years old. This beast is controlled by a power steering which provides wonderful manoeuvring no matter how twisty-turvy the road may be. The capability of Ford Bronco for automatic 3-speed transmission is very rare in vintage cars and thus spices things up. Andy Roddick and his wife keep cruising around in their Carolina-blue Ford Bronco proudly.

Ford Torino; John Cena’s Hobnobber

Ford Torino; John Cena’s Hobnobber

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Even though, “you can’t see me” was John Cena’s catchphrase during his wrestling matches, yet his stats show that he got a massive visual presence among the legends of wrestling. John Cena has won 25 championships, with 16 times as a world champion.

On the other hand, John Cena has collected fabulous cars more than he won titles. Yes, you read it right. Cena’s huge collection is made even better with the Ford Torino which is named after Italian city Turin. Ford Torino is run by an extremely powerful 7-liter 385 series V-8 Ford engine. In addition to that, the vehicle’s exterior is absolutely appealing thanks to the appealing factory stripes. John Cena may hide himself from the people, but he can’t hide his feelings for this car.

1989 Jeep Wrangler

1989 Jeep Wrangler

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This one also belongs to John Cena’s collection. The massive Jeep Wrangler suited perfectly to a muscular big guy like John Cena. In fact, it was his first car after stepping in the field of wrestling. John literally drove it everywhere in the initial phase of his career and still rides it often.

Along with other plus points, the best thing about Jeep Wrangler is its ability to be modified. John Cena made full use of this ability and modified it multiple times in accordance with his liking. Even though it is not a very fast jeep, yet Cena considered it his favourite companion on road.

General Lee; the 51st Shade of Grey for Bubba Watson

General Lee; the 51st Shade of Grey for Bubba Watson

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Bubba Watson is a two-time Masters Champion, professional golfer from the US. He remained world No. 2 in golf for a long period of time. Bubba Watson has a corner in his heart for classic cars and his ownership of General Lee proves the same.

Bubba Watson is known as a hard-hitter in golf circles so the car he would go for had to be a hard-hitter too in order to match his personality. Watson bought this stunning retro car at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction. Named after an American civil war hero General Robert Edward Lee, this dodge charger is equipped with 440bhp engine. All those stunts this car performed in famous television series The Dukes of Hazzard were real and were a major reason why Bubba Watson went for it all in.

Reggie Bush’s playmate; Mustang GT 500 Fastback

Reggie Bush’s playmate; Mustang GT 500 Fastback

Reggie Bush is a former American Football player and two times winner of All-American honors. He also won the trophy for the best player in the nation. He played at the running back position, a position which needed a lot of strength.

May be his position was the reason why Bush went for the all-time classic Mustang GT 500 which is also termed as Eleanor. This legendary car was manufactured in 1967 and since then it has remained in the headlines successfully. Reggie Bush’s Eleanor dons a whopping 7.0 Litre engine mated with a four-speed manual transmission. The car is currently estimated at a staggering $300,000.

Devin Hester runs a 1972 Chevrolet Impala

Devin Hester runs a 1972 Chevrolet Impala

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Devin Hester is also a former American Football player and played at various positions for his team Chicago Bears. His team made sure he has ample amount of money by striking a healthy contract with Devin Hester which allowed him to buy his favourite classic car.

The 1972 Impala is a typical classic road runner with a 400-ci V8 engine capable of generating 170 horsepower. He has customized and modified this vintage car to a great extent with painting it in bright yellow shade and replacing the original tyres with bigger ones. Impala owns a convertible top coupled with Tiarra custom grille. Whereas the interior showcases handmade dash, Porsche imported leather; Dodge Charger seats and LED lighting. The car boasts a net worth of over $3 million.

Brian Wilson and his Cadillac Coupe DeVille

Brian Wilson and his Cadillac Coupe DeVille

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Brian Patrick Wilson, the giant of Major League Baseball is known for his lavish lifestyle, dark beard and weird hairdos. Being an amazing player and a power pitcher, he has always had some tricks up his sleeves to surprize his opponent teams. He exhibits the same kind of choices in the selection of his cars too.

Cadillac Coupe DeVille absolutely resonates with the personality of Wilson. Instead of going for advanced sports cars like all the other players, Wilson opted to own a 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. The engine that resides under its bonnet is a 429cu with a power generation capacity of 340hp. This car is a thing of beauty and takes only one glance to make people drool over its beauty. Wilson may lose his identity as a sportsman someday, but he will never lose his style due to this car.

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