9 knockouts from the George Foreman collection
Over the course of his amateur and professional boxing career, George Foreman won a gold medal and two heavyweight titles. After he retired from the ring, he parlayed his larger-than-life personality into successful businesses. As a result, he was able to afford quite a collection of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. “I have been a car collector and enthusiast most of my life, but the time has come for me to share my cars with other like-minded enthusiasts,” said Foreman, who has partnered with Hagerty to list more than 50 of his vintage and modern collectibles on Hagerty Marketplace.
The collection is wide-ranging, with everything from a spartan Ford Model A to a stately Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, or, from another perspective, everything from a compact Tesla Roadster to a mammoth Hummer H1. Of the collection, we’ve found these nine vehicles to highlight. If any of them strike your fancy, or if you’d like to explore the rest of Foreman’s collection, visit the Hagerty Marketplace soon, as their auctions will wrap up starting December 11 and will be all finished by December 21.
One of two 1932 Fords in the collection, the other being a sedan, this three-window coupe is an understated hot rod with subtle customization and a fantastic color combo. It’s powered by Chevy small-block V-8 fed by a quartet of four-barrel carbs, with a head that is posing as a Hemi. We’re not sure who that would fool, but this car looks like it’s ready to cruise as is—or it could form the solid foundation to make the hot rod of your dreams.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
We couldn’t ignore the Split-Window coupe, as the iconic body style has become the most sought-after mid-year Corvette time and time again. While all 1963 Corvettes were powered by 327 V-8s, and all 1963 Corvette coupes were Split-Windows, this particular car happens to have a fuel-injected 327, so its small-block V-8, and the intake manifold in particular, is just as impressive and almost as beautiful as its exterior. There is some oxidation on the aluminum castings, which will need to be polished out. A golf cart fire in the garage housing the collection caused some corrosion, which is most apparent on some of the car’s brightwork.
This landmark Impala marked the final year of the storied 409 W-series big-block and also became the foundation for many of the most respected low riders ever built. The Super Sport shown here is powered by a numbers-matching 340-hp single four-barrel version of the engine, and it’s also equipped with a four-speed manual, making it a great choice for someone in search of a muscle cruiser. The car’s silver upholstery is a fantastic contrast to its Tuxedo Black exterior.
1987 Ferrari Testarossa
One of the most beloved supercars of the ’80s, the Ferrari Testarossa saw the final application of Ferrari’s flat-twelve road car engine. The tan interior looks to be in fantastic shape, and the gated shifter is practically begging to be put to use. If you’re in need of the proper accessory to go with your three-day beard and sportcoat-over-T-shirt ensemble, you couldn’t do any better.
Chevrolet is working on a twin-turbo version of its 5.5-liter V-8 to power the next ZR1, but it wouldn’t be the first twin-turbo Corvette available. For five model years, starting in 1987, Callaway built the B2K option package for Corvettes that included a fully rebuilt engine with a forged crank and pistons that were ready to take on boost. For 1991, the final year of B2K production, output was a healthy 403 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque, a solid power output today, but it made the car a monster in its day. The turbocharged, twin-charge-cooled TPI 350 small-block has a lot of turbo plumbing hidden under that low hood, but there are still plenty of visual cues to let onlookers know this isn’t an ordinary C4. The Callaway B2K package included a unique front and rear fascia as well as fender vents and custom hood. The rear fascia houses a pair of oval taillights rather than the C4’s quad round (or “squircle” as was the case by 1991) taillights, and this one also has the optional 17-inch Dymag wheels. Foreman has owned the car since new and has racked up just 6800 miles on the car during that time.
1993 Dodge Viper
There’s just something special about a first-gen Viper. They’re so brash and unapologetic with their three-spoke wheels, their side exhausts, and the bulging bodywork that is absolutely appropriate for the brawny 8.0-liter V-10 it conceals. This RT/10 roadster example is in Viper Red, of course, and has just 1569 miles, making it a collectible in its own right, regardless of its famous owner. Foreman left his mark on the interior, as the driver seat is embroidered with his name and the passenger seat is embroidered with a hamburger, fresh off one of his eponymous grills.
2000 BMW Z8
A wonderful modern interpretation of the classic BMW 507, the beautiful, elegant, and sporty Z8 has got to be one of Henrik Fisker’s best designs. It also happens to be wrapped around a fantastic aluminum chassis as well as a 4.9-liter V-8 shared with the contemporary M5. This car has been owned by Foreman since new and is one of 37 in Topaz Blue Metallic paint with a Crema and Black interior. It shows just 4659 miles.
2002 Pontiac Firebird Firehawk
Not only does this vibrant red coupe represent the last year of Pontiac F-body production, but it’s also equipped with the rare and desirable Firehawk performance package. Besides that, it has just 1021 miles on the clock. We’ve written plenty about the various iterations of Firehawk in the past, but what you need to know is that Street Legal Performance (SLP) installed its own hood and exhaust system on the cars to tweak the power output, while also adding unique wheels and some F-body parts bin suspension upgrades. The result is a well-rounded performance car with the same 345 hp rating as a contemporary C5 Corvette, along with a subtle look. Well, at least as subtle as a fourth-gen Firebird can be. This one is an automatic, so it’s less desirable than the optional six-speed, but the tan upholstery helps make up for it.
2005 Ford GT
Built to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary with an homage to one of its greatest racing triumphs, the Ford GT was a gorgeous modernization of the GT40s that took Le Mans by storm. Much like the Z8 we just mentioned, the reimagined GT managed to capture much of the spirit of the original despite the significant updates required for modern conveniences. Yes, the new GT isn’t 40 inches tall like its predecessor, but it still has the right look and proportions. More importantly, thanks to its supercharged 5.4-liter four-valve engine, it has the performance to match those looks. This fantastic example shows just 783 miles on the odometer.