Highly paid athletes are well known for their extravagant taste in cars, from tricked-out Escalades to flashy Hummers and Range Rovers. But it’s hard to imagine anything more flamboyant than Tracy McGrady’s former 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600, currently for sale on AutoTrader.com.
Finished in a custom color dubbed Baby Blue Pearl, the CL600 was transformed from a luxury cruiser into a flashy attention-grabber by West Coast Customs, the southern California shop known for its work on MTV’s Pimp My Ride TV show. According to current owner Wayne Hall, McGrady spent over $180,000 modifying the car after purchasing it new in 2001.
“He took it to West Coast Customs and didn’t give them any specs,” said Hall, who noted that McGrady didn’t even pick the car’s inimitable color. “He gave it to them and told them to ‘do something to it,’ and they did.”
Hall should know – he was McGrady’s trainer for twelve years, purchasing the vehicle from the seven-time NBA all-star in 2008 during his tenure with the Houston Rockets. While McGrady has moved on – first to the New York Knicks, and then to the Detroit Pistons – Hall and the vehicle still reside in the Houston suburb of Missouri City, Texas. So why does the car bear a Florida license plate?
“The title is still in Tracy’s name,” explains Hall, noting that he never updated the document to preserve a clear indication of the car’s ownership history. “And it still has his T-Mac plates,” says Hall, referring to Tracy’s vanity plate reading “T1MAC”. According to Hall, who only drives the car on weekends to keep it in good running condition, the plates and the color cause the car to stick out, explaining that many people mistake him for the basketball supercar.
At $37,999, the price is on the high side, but considering the car’s ownership history and the value of its modifications – plus its tremendous list of standard features, low mileage, and 5.5-liter turbocharged V12 putting out nearly 500 horsepower – it might be one of the most unique CL-Class cars in existence. And by buying it, you, too, can be mistaken for Tracy McGrady – at least, until you open the door.