John Cena is a renaissance man, from pro wrestler to actor to children’s book author. He’s also one of many celebrities who are car enthusiasts. In fact, he owns more than 20 vehicles, including some as muscular as he. Here’s a look at some of the coolest and weirdest cars in the F9 star’s collection.
John Cena’s muscles are his signature
Born in 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, John Cena moved to California after college to become a bodybuilder, Biography reports. After switching to pro wrestling, he quickly found success. He won the Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) title in 2000 and the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) heavyweight title in 2002. By 2004, Cena had won the United States WWE Championship. Along with his wrestling success, he also appeared in movies and TV series and even released a rap album.
Even today, Cena’s workout ensures he retains his muscular physique. Though he no longer bodybuilds, he lifts “to keep aesthetic muscles while improving his athleticism and resistance to injury,” Men’s Journal reports. His goal is to increase the maximum for his main lifts every six weeks.
The muscle cars in John Cena’s collection
Cena owns many cool and unique cars. “I have an affection for the obscure, the crazy paint jobs, and the crazy body styling [of muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s] — not necessarily the cars everyone else likes,” he told MotorTrend.
Among those models is a first-generation 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger 426, HotCars reports. It’s also rare because only 468 units packed the powerful Hemi engine. This classic fastback boasts a 7.0-liter V8 Hemi engine harnessing 425 hp. All of that power lets the car roar from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
Cena also owns a 1970 Buick GSX. This classic muscle car also features a powerful engine. Its 7.5-liter V8 produces 510 lb-ft of torque.
On the newer end is a 2007 Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang. Only 500 were made. This car “is a homage to the 302 Boss Mustang from 1970 with black side stripes and a stripe along with the long hood,” HotCars points out. It also has plenty of power from its 5.0-liter V8 engine, producing 400 hp.
Finally, there’s Cena’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird. This winged car was an altered version of the Plymouth Road Runner. It has a 7.0-liter V8 engine generating 425 hp that pushes this classic car to more than 150 mph.
“You can’t go anyplace without the car being the talk of the town,” Cena told MotorTrend. “It’s a very big piece of NASCAR heritage, and I was pretty impressed by the movie [Cars], how they used that car and the Hudson. Those cars were very important in the development of major manufacturers getting involved in NASCAR.”
The ‘worst’ cars in the star’s collection
Cena also owns some uncool cars, according to HotCars. Some he keeps for sentimental reasons. They include the first car he ever owned: a 1984 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. It’s also the car Cena learned to drive in, he told MotorTrend. The car’s 5.7-liter V8 engine generates a measly 105 hp.
Cena also still has a 1991 Lincoln Continental — the only thing he owned when his career began. In addition, he has a 1989 Jeep Wrangler, which he purchased with his first WWE paycheck.
Also in his collection is a 2013 Chevy Corvette CR dubbed the InCENArator. This custom car was built on a Corvette C7 R platform. The futuristic vehicle has a 491-hp 5.5-liter V8 engine and, yes, flamethrowers. But it’s terrible to drive. Occupants must enter through the glass roof because the car has no doors, and it doesn’t offer any comfort upgrades.
Overall, John Cena’s collection includes some greats and some duds. But they’re all cars with interesting backstories. Cena even shared his cars in his Auto Geek series on the Bella Twins’ YouTube Channel.