• Aug 22, 2007

Forget about brokers -- when celebs need to unload cars, they head straight for My eBay. This particular Red Sox Red SL65 happens to be the property of Mr. Walk-Off Home Run David Ortiz, alias Big Papi, from the Boston Red Sox. He bought it for himself when the BoSox won the 2004 World Series (after an 86-year drought, in case you forgot), then dropped another thirty-five large making it custom. There are black D's in the 20" Lorinser center caps. There are two subs behind the front seats, and between the speakers is a baseball diamond with D.O.'s initials in relief. There's a bodykit that we'll let you comment on in private. And the interior is, of course, red and black.

Thanks for the tip, Jaime!

[Source: eBay]



At the time of writing, bidding was up to $450K, which is more than a pretty penny for an SL65 -- except that in this case, the car will be personally handed over to the winning bidder by Big Papi himself at Fenway Park. Is it worth all that to meet David Ortiz? If you bought a non-celebrity-owned SL65 brand new and had $250K left over, we think you could find a way to meet Mr. O without spending all of it. But then you wouldn't get a blinged-out chunk of metallic red history, and that's priceless. Another benefit: it's already got an athlete-approved aftermarket makeover.

On a side note, who knew Big Papi was a Dallas fan? Way to support the other team that's having a little championship winning trouble...



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha..."Need for Speed...UNWANTED"...look at that hideous "body cladding"...poor merc...

      And yeah...sleeveless T-shirt, sport pants and white sport shoes...while leaning on a RED shiny "dubbed" SL...priceless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i agree,

      and I personally would give more money for a standard SL65 than this modified one with the $30+k or so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope this guy never buys a Saab, that would be hearbreaking.

      EM - Money does not buy class, you're right. The Nouveaux Riche however should stick with Cadillacs and Lexus.

      P.S. Those Ultra expensive rims he has on there look like they come from a base model GMC Envoy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rob,

      What else could you possibly mean by "ghetto"? I understand the origins of the word but when you attack the man's style and his clothing choices and liken him to a 'trashy rap star', who are we supposed to envision - Keith Richards?

      The fact is that when people say "ghetto" and use the word "bling" (please stop!) and attack so called hip-hop culture, they are describing inner city black youths. I'm sorry but you have to see that.

      I'm not calling you a racist, I'm just calling your choice of words insensitive. I wish people would try and be more original and less trite in their comments.

      I stopped using the word 'rice' long ago because of this.

      I disagree with his choices and I would have done something else with my money but that doesn't make me any better in determining what is 'classy'. Who cares! Let him do his thing - just don't buy his car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rob, under-educated, making sweeping generalizations about topics so far from the post, just digging himself into a deeper hole. Grew up in Boston, lived in Southie on K-street for more than half my life, so I could teach Rob a thing or too about being from the ghetto, but I'll be the bigger man and let him do the ranting. Gotta love David Ortiz, but the poor bastard has no taste, but what the hell does he care, he's getting paid in what some consider a sport with the most overpaid athletes of all time. I love baseball, but its not like it used to be :/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does it even need to be said?


      Money doesn't buy class.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "BTW, I cordially invite you to get your lame ass toyota featured on autoblog. I'm guessing it won't make it"

      Rob don't let that Reader's Ride thing go to your head or anything....sheesh get over yourself already. who the f*** really cares what you drive. I love how a guy that gets his 15 year old car featured on blog site, can make him God's gift to earth, way to go buddy for making a fool of yourself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not old, and I'm not spiteful. I just have taste. My car was even featured on reader's rides, so you can blow me:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/02/reader-ride-1992-subaru-svx/
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one ugly car. Red? The only Mercedes that looked decent in red was the 1st AMG S-class in the 60-70s. And the CLK-DTM.

      The body kit is also pretty atrocious (SLR wannabe) , but I guess even staring at it without smiling will automatically qualify me for racist status.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK. No talk of race, rap, ghettos, anything. That car is still a fugly, tasteless shadow of its original self, and the owner who commissioned the mods has simply demonstrated that money does not automatically confer taste upon anybody. And the original argument in the article stands...you can buy an SL65 for 150-170k or so, spend another 30-50k to trick it out (exactly like Mr. Ortiz' version if you are so inclined), spend another 30-50k or so to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Ortiz at Fenway Park (hell, you can probably get him to autograph the dash of your suitably modified SL), and bank the remaining 200k or so that would be left over from the 465k current bid. It's not like that car is going to become a collectible or anything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you can hit a curve ball, you can make a living. If so, you are entitled to satisfy your desires as you see fit, legally if not wisely. The only truly unwise touch I can see is the wheels/tires. They aren't so hot tracking a straight line, and ride rough. But they're not dangerous if you're just cruisin'. I'm guessing that's the primary use for this ride. Big deal. Bid or STFU.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes me want to go out and buy a Hyundai.
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