Ford sues John Cena for flipping 2017 GT early

Ford sues John Cena for flipping 2017 GT early

The lawsuit alleges that Cena made a “large profit” from the sale which he used to cover “expenses.”

Actor, pro wrestler and all-around car nut John Cena is in a bit of trouble with Ford.

The automaker filed a lawsuit on November 30 with the U.S. District Court in Michigan claiming Cena violated his purchase agreement for a 2017 Ford GT by flipping the car early.

The lawsuit, a copy of which is posted on WXYZ Detroit, alleges Cena sold the car shortly after taking delivery in September despite the purchase agreement he signed requiring ownership for a minimum two years.

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Recall, Ford took extensive measures when allocating build slots for the GT to ensure the cars ended up in the hands of true fans and people keen to promote the car and the Ford brand, rather than speculators.

The lawsuit alleges that Cena made a “large profit” from the sale which he used to cover “expenses.”

The lawsuit also alleges that after Cena was contacted by a Ford representative about the matter, he admitted he had sold the car and that he was “willing to work with Ford to make it right.”

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Making it right meant Cena had to get the car back as well as provide all documentation related to the sale. However, neither of those things has been done, according to the lawsuit.

Part of the reason for Ford’s actions is due to the loss of the brand building potential of having a celebrity like Cena associated with the GT and Ford. In the lawsuit, Ford claims it lost almost two years of “ambassadorship and brand value” that Cena would have offered by owning the vehicle for the contractually required time.

Above is a video of Cena with his former GT taken shortly after delivery.

This article, written by Viknesh Vijayenthiran, was originally published on MotorAuthority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.

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  • trevor
    December 27, 2017, 3:59 PM

    I think ford is right on for enforcing the sales contract or others will be profit taking flipping these cars and took the place I could have had. ford picked the target buyers for a reason and those folks need to follow the rules

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    • stuart@trevor
      December 28, 2017, 9:47 AM

      And how much was Ford paying Cena for his ‘ambassadorship’ and brand value? i don’t see how the contract is valid. once you sell ownership in something, you have no more rights to it. Doesn’t seem like they have a brand issue for this car.

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  • Michael W. Yeakle
    December 30, 2017, 5:33 AM

    The FORD MOTOR COMPANY is 100% right On in the Handling of the FORD GT.
    At Age 1 and 1/2 (18 mos.) my Father had Purchased a Dealership in
    San Diego Ca.
    My Father was Required to Go to FORD SCHOOL,AT Night waiting to pick up Pop’s their was a Big Blue Oval with the first word I Learned to spell FORD!
    FORD was a Good Friend to our Family
    and I Believe Our Family Always Stood for FORD BEING the BEST!

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    • Gordon Shoen @Michael W. Yeakle
      March 26, 2018, 7:05 PM

      Cena entered into a legally and binding performance contract, in which he agreed to. He violated it and is subject to damages. What an arrogant a$$.

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