Car a few months ago Share Tweet Pin Share By the time Mecum Auctions announced February 2019 that it’d be selling John Cena’s 2017 Ford GT again, the car had already traded hands four times, and it was getting hard to keep track. Normally we wouldn’t care about how often the thing got passed between owners, but this is, after all, a model Ford had specifically told its buyers could not be sold for 24 months after purchase. Bonus: Want to stay up to date on our latest Rare Norm news ? That’s late 2019 at the earliest, in the case of Cena’s car. To complicate things, there is, of course, also that second GT crossing auction blocks against Ford’s wishes. We thought it was time to sort out both cars’ sordid sagas. To that end we’ve plotted them on this simple-to-follow timeline, along with major GT production milestones. But if you need a little background first, we can catch you up, too. The new GT is, to make an understatement, unlike any other Ford that’s come before it. From the performance specs to the manufacturing methods, the Blue Oval’s never put a car together like this. Getting your hands on one is different, too: Ford decided to, like Ferrari and other boutique automakers, hand-select the owner of each new GT built. You had to throw your application in with 6,505 other enthusiasts, and if you had the right stuff, you’d get a thumbs up and put on the list for one of the 500 cars Ford planned to build (after you forked over more than US$450,000, of course). Ford added a clause to its buyers’ contracts keeping them from selling the car for two years, so that people couldn’t flip the hard-to-get high-end supercars for their own profit. But then John Cena let his go. After just a few days with the car, the wrestler and entertainer sold the car for a little more than what he paid for, and suddenly this car you couldn’t just get—could be got, for the right price. Then a second silver GT hit the open market, and before long it and Cena’s car were on auction blocks around the U.S. selling for millions, and Ford was launching legal action against anyone involved in their sale. You can pick up the timeline from there.