With TVs embedded in the headrests, an Xbox tucked under the front passenger seat, and a 'U' across the hood.
Here’s a question. When is a 2004 Saturn Vue more than just a 2004 Saturn Vue? Answer: when it’s covered with around 50 celebrity signatures, just like this odd example. The signed Saturn recently turned up on eBay, and it appears to have a bit of a story to tell.
Back in 2004, Florida’s coast was hammered by a succession of strong hurricanes and tropical storms, leaving significant damage in their wake. To do its part, MTV—which was hosting the 2004 Video Music Awards in Miami—organized a charity auction to benefit the disaster relief work of the American Red Cross. Over 70 items went up for bidding, ranging from signed movie posters to CDs, but the event also included this ’04 Saturn Vue, a custom creation of chart-topper Usher Raymond.
In the run-up to the VMAs, MTV enlisted Ludacris, Xzibit, Usher, and four other celebs to put their finishing touches on a group of seven promotional Saturn vehicles. In went the Moonman decals, an Xbox or two, and the requisite custom wheels, but after the light “tricking out,” it was Usher’s Vue that was picked for charity duty. The Saturn then made its way to the 2004 Video Music Awards red carpet event and as stars and celebrity guests waltzed to the VMAs, many stopped to leave their signatures on the customized Vue. The eBay listing rattles off a who’s who of big name signees, from Paris Hilton to Kanye West, but some signatures are a bit more legible than others, for instance, Dave Chappelle, Tony Hawk, De La Soul, JET, and the Beastie Boys. Usher appears to be the only A-lister to have signed the dashboard, on which he penned a short personal note.
Fast forward 11 years and Saturn no longer exists (a casualty of the GM bailout), yet the VMA Saturn Vue still does, signatures and all. The auction photos reveal TVs embedded in the headrests, an Xbox tucked under the front passenger seat, a pair of large subwoofers mounted in the back, and an Usher “U” across the hood as well as in the wheel center caps. At this point, the Vue is likely more a piece of celebrity memorabilia than an actual car, but interestingly, with only 284 miles to its name, it could very well be the lowest mileage Saturn Vue in existence.