MLV: Let Us Explore Some Major League Vehicles

Of course, you can drive the lane like Kobe. But can you drive like Kobe? Doubtful, if you don’t have cars that he has lined up in his garage. And, of course it’s not just him.

Name an athlete these days who doesn’t show his status through a custom, personalized ride … you probably can’t. So what are the athletic hotshots of the day driving?

Jay Cutler of Chicago Bears

Cutler recently listed his Mercedes-Benz G55 on eBay. With a HAMANN custom kit featuring fender extensions, front and roof spoilers, Cutler’s G-Wagon could be yours to cruise around town if you have about $120,000 to spare.

Reggie Bush of Detroit Lions

Although Bush has bounced between three teams so far in his NFL career, his loyalty to an automobile seems to be a bit stronger. His classic ’71 Plymouth Barracuda is just one of several cars Bush — the only player in history to forfeit his Heisman Trophy — keeps in his garage.

PGA Golfer Bubba Watson

Speaking of classic cars, Watson has been spotted in the unmistakable “General Lee” made famous in “The Dukes of Hazzard” series. The 1969 Dodge Charger reportedly cost him $110,000.

Floyd Mayweather

Apparently when you’re undefeated as a professional boxer, you don’t need to purchase your own car(s). Mayweather’s friend, rap artist 50 Cent, gave him a 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom for his 34th birthday. With that model starting in the $400,000 ranges, don’t you wish you had a friend like 50 around?

Jermaine Pennant

Okay, Pennant may not be a household name in the U.S., but this guy’s off-the-field antics warrant mention in a list of this sort. In addition to irresponsible driving that landed him in jail (and resulted in him playing soccer with an electronic tracker), he once forgot that he parked his Porsche in a public garage and left it there for 6 months.

Perhaps in an attempt to avoid a repeat of that incident, Pennant purchased an Aston Martin DBS with an exterior made of chrome. Hard to miss that $200,000 gleaming ride in any lot.

Roy Halladay of Philadelphia Phillies

On the other end of the flash spectrum resides Halladay, who showed up to 2012 spring training in his 1932 Ford Hotrod. All black with custom wheels and tires, the topless coupe barely looks legal for the streets.

Felix Hernandez of Seattle Mariners

When you have a perfect game and a Cy Young Award to your royal name, one sweet ride simply isn’t enough. King Felix stocks his Seattle garage with a Porsche Cayenne, Nissan GTR, Mercedes GL and a Range Rover. That’s at least $350,000-$500,000 worth of automobiles tucked beyond the door.

LeBron James of Miami Heat

King James also has a fleet of sleek cars at his disposal. From your everyday run-of-the-mill Porsche and Jeep Wrangler, to a dope Dodge Charger and white Chevy Camaro that resembles a Storm Trooper-turned-Transformer, James has a car for whatever mood he finds himself in each day.

For his flashier moods, LeBron can leap in his Ferrari F430, worth a quarter million.

So, how can you get your hands on one of these athlete-inspired vehicles? Search for celebrity castoffs on eBay or wander into your local dealer. You just may find a gem at one of the dealers in Phoenix or Los Angeles, where many athletes reside off the courts and after the game. Just make sure your bank account can back your vehicular dreams otherwise you might strike out something fierce.

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