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Here Are the Cars I'd Buy With My Super Bowl Salary Bonus

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

Although some sports fans aren't aware of it, NFL players get a salary bonus when their team goes to the Super Bowl -- regardless of whether they win or lose. This year's salary bonus is around $103,000 if you're a member of the winning team, and roughly $53,000 if you're a member of the losing team. I'm not going to speculate on which team is going to win or lose -- and if I were playing in the game, I wouldn't be thinking about it too much, either. Instead, I'd be thinking about what car I'd buy with my bonus. (NOTE: This is probably one of the many reasons why I'm not playing in the game.)

And so, after careful thought, here are the cars I've chosen: the vehicle I'd buy if I were a member of the losing team and the vehicle I'd buy if I were a member of the winning team.

2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

WINNING TEAM: 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Unfortunately, the winning team Super Bowl bonus won't get me the Ferrari I really want -- an FF -- which is still priced far in excess of the $103,000 bonus figure. Fortunately, I can have the runner up: this 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, finished in some sort of dark-red color with a beige interior, offered for $99,500 by a private seller in Monroe, Louisiana.

Yes, I'm aware the 612 Scaglietti isn't the best-looking Ferrari, or the highest-performance, or the most attention-grabbing. But that's why I like it: It's cool, it's subtle, it's distinctive, it's unique, and nobody really knows it's a Ferrari. That means I can enjoy it, all by myself, without having to answer 37 questions about "WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?" at every stoplight. Especially because I would inevitably let it slip that I bought the car with my Super Bowl bonus.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

LOSING TEAM: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

Fortunately, my consolation prize for losing is still pretty cool: a 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser, finished in my favorite color of Magnetic Gray, with a black interior and a one-owner Carfax report. Miles are a little high, at around 88,000, but these things are well-known to run forever -- and I suspect this one will be no exception.

No, it isn't quite a sports car like the Ferrari -- but there has to be some downside to losing, right?

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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