These days, the name George Foreman might be most associated with the grill that he sold over 100 million units of since its introduction back in 1994, but the man is first and foremost a sporting legend.
Big George competed between 1967 and 1997, managing to become a two-time heavyweight world champion and an Olympic gold medalist in the process. His boxing triumphs and his skills as an entrepreneur meant he accumulated enough coin to buy himself some rather nice cars.
Now, his car collection is up for grabs via an auction on the Hagerty marketplace, and it includes some lean, mean driving machines.
Over 50 vehicles are up for grabs, and it’s fair to say the man has a wide and pretty good taste in cars.
There‘s everything from a 1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Coupe to a 2000 BMW Z8 and even a 1991 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette Convertible.
Many of the automobiles have done remarkably few miles, and all seem to have been looked after very well.
Among the standout lots up for grabs is a white Ferrari Testarossa from 1987 that looks like it came straight from an episode of Miami Vice.
Sporting the period-correct Monodado center-lock 16-inch rims, this dream in white features a brown leather interior and has seemingly covered a mere 5,472km since it left the factory.
A 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider is also being auctioned off without reserve, and this Italian car comes with the classic Rosso Corsa paint job over beige-and-black leather upholstery.
It shows just 2,569km on the clock, and despite this super low number has already benefited from a recent engine-out service that should ensure it runs like new.
Not all of his cars are real exotics, and a few of them are what you could comfortably call run-of-the-mill motors.
There’s a 1995 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe that’s about as boring a caddy as you can buy; a 2003 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works that looks like a bit of fun; a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible that wouldn’t look out of place in the residential parking lot of a care home for the elderly; and even a New Beetle from 1998 that comes complete with a flaming paint job.
Among the more posh cars looking for a new home are a gorgeous 1997 Bentley Azure, an equally pretty 2000 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, a bright-white 2015 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, and even a 2005 Ford GT. The latter has driven a mere 115km in its life until now, which will make it extremely desirable for collectors.
If you want something a little more old-school and comfortable, then a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible might hit the spot, as could the stunning 1961 Chevrolet Corvette that’s also part of the auction.
Even the man’s tour bus and his stretch limo are coming under the hammer, and bidding across all available lots is already looking lively. A few motorbikes are also part of the sale, and the final result will no doubt add quite a bit of cash to Big George’s savings account.
Not that he probably really needs it. His net worth is estimated to be north of $300 million (P16.639 billion), with much of his wealth coming from the famous grill that he gave his name to.
That should be enough to start a new car collection, should he wish to do so. Or maybe he just wants to spend the latter years of his life at a slower pace and with fewer cars to look after. Whatever it is, he certainly earned it.