John Cena is a Muscle Car Muscle Man
John Cena is one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars. He has capitalized on that success by not only making the jump to feature films, but also using that success to build a truly enviable car collection. Unlike many other car collectors that have a diverse collection of vintage and rare automobiles, Cena has remained true to his American roots, and has built himself a remarkable muscle car collection.
From classic muscle cars like a 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger, to a one-off Corvette, Cena’s collection spans both eras and styles. And while most collectors daily drive something practical, Cena’s daily driver is a 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360. Nevertheless, there will be those that doubt his muscle car credentials, so to quell all doubt, here is a quick rundown of our top five muscle cars in Cena’s collection.
1969 COPO Camaro
In 1969, GM sent Chevy an order that forbade the company from installing any engine over 400 cubic inches in the Camaro. However, with customers wanting 427 big blocks, Chevy figured out a way to circumvent GM’s authority by using a Central Office Production Order. The form was originally intended for fleet sales and special paint codes for dealers, but Chevy found a better use, building the COPO Camaro. The COPO Camaro was a car that not only tore up the street, but the drag strip as well. And currently, an original COPO Camaro like Cena’s can cost you anywhere from $135,000 to $255,000.
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
Some muscle cars have presence, some can bring about a nostalgic feeling, and others have an air of menace about them. The GTO Judge is definitely in the latter category. In 1969, Pontiac introduced the Judge package as a low-cost performance option for the standard GTO. However, when brought to market, the Judge option was $332 more than a standard GTO. Yet, for that little bit more, you were able to have a 455 cu. in. engine that produced 360 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Think of the Judge as a classic version of today’s Porsche 911 GT3 RS—you pay more for less.
2006 Ford GT
For years, Ford had been out of the supercar game. The Blue Oval had long rested on its laurels from the epic win at Le Mans in the original Ford GT40 racecars. However, to show up Ferrari once more, Ford decided to bring back the iconic nameplate with an all new-car, the Ford GT. Using a Cobra R derived supercharged V8, the new Ford GT made 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. While not an instant success, the GT has now become one of the most sought after supercars on the planet. Leading us to believe that Cena is loving seeing the prices shoot through the roof.
2009 Corvette ZR1
The last generation C6 Corvette was a brilliant car. It could take all the punishment in the world and still ask for more. That said, the body was still plastic and the chassis a bit dated, leading to a rather old feeling sportscar. However, when Chevy introduced the ZR1, all bets were off. Using the new LS9 motor, a heavily modified LS3 with a dry sump oil system and an Eaton TVS supercharger, the ZR1 became the fastest Corvette Chevy had ever built. It had a top speed of 205 mph, and would blitz the quarter mile in just 11.2 seconds. It has to be one of the fastest cars Cena owns.
Built by Parker Brothers Concepts, the InCENArator uses a wrecked C5 Corvette chassis as its base, with a one-off starship themed body. While the name may be a bit silly for our tastes, the InCENArator is all about show. Using unique flamethrowers, the InCENArator has the ability to shoot four-foot flames from special vents on the rear deck lid. You also have to get into it by climbing onto the hood, which is definitely not normal. From the list above, Cena seems to have a need for speed and noise. However, we’re not sure why one of the Hellcat twins isn’t on this list. Although we doubt it would be hard for the WWE wrestler to get his hands on the red key. We can’t wait to see what Cena has in store for his collection next.