Thanks to the actions of one Mr. John Cena, we’re finding out what happens when a 2017 Ford GT buyer violates the terms of their purchase agreement with the automaker and sells the brand-new supercar before the mandatory 24-month ownership period has elapsed: a lawsuit.
Late in November, news broke that WWE superstar John Cena was being sued by Ford for “breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment” after selling his Ford GT shortly after taking delivery. The pro wrestler admits he sold the car, saying he liquidated it and some other assets to take care of personal expenses. Beside rendering Cena incapable of providing the two-plus years of brand ambassadorship Ford thought it was getting by selling him the car, the sale “bypassed a line of people waiting to purchase the vehicle through the program, thus affecting Ford’s goodwill and customer relationships,” the lawsuit alleges.
If it seems at all silly for an automaker to take legal action against a customer for selling their own property, just remember; hopeful buyers of the 2017 Ford GT were subjected to an involved, selective application process, and strings were attached with every sale.
Now, John Cena has spoken to the media for the first time since the lawsuit was filed, telling Univision Autos that he doesn’t have “any ill will toward Ford.”
“I’ve been lucky enough in my life to own some iconic Fords,” Cena told Univision. “I follow the brand, I love what they’re doing with the Lincoln line but instead of fighting like irresponsible big kids, we’ll let a judge figure it out and I’ll be happy with either way the situation goes.”
Reportedly, John Cena may face a fee of up to $75,000, in addition to having to pay Ford whatever profit he may have made from the sale.