Publish date: 2016-04-19 09:20:23
Most of us know Goldberg as the wrestler who won the WCW Heavy Weight Championship from the legendary Hulk Hogan but behind the curtain of wrestling business, Bill Goldberg was a TV host, actor and a car collector. Take a look at some of Bill Goldberg’s impressive collection from Mercury pick-up trucks to a 1970 Boss 429 Mustang.
Bill Goldberg has a passion for collecting classic restored cars. He even treats his cars like his own children! He probably knows every detail of his cars and Goldberg said that every time he goes into his garage to wash his Cobra, he feels like he’s been cheating on his wife. That just shows how much Goldberg loves his cars.
Goldberg recalls that he is very lucky. Every one of us goes to work with different reasons. And for Bill Goldberg, he goes to work to fulfill his dream. His dream was to have his own garage filled with the coolest cars he encountered ever since he was a kid.
He bought a property some time ago that already has a house with very small four-car garage. It didn’t suit his needs so he converted the property into a 6,800-square-foot garage/weight room.
Goldberg was a little bit hesitant to spend a large amount of money on converting his property to look just like a common garage. He wants to build the ‘Ultimate Garage’ and so that’s what he did. He builds himself the ultimate dream of every car enthusiast on the planet. A garage full of classic and powerful cars.
Out of all cars that Bill Goldberg has already owned, his daily car was a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty. He is amazed by the comfortable experience it can give while driving.
Ford gave the F-250 to Goldberg during the “Operation Drive One” military tour. Goldberg admired its extended bed, he feels like he is driving an 18 wheeler.
Bill Goldberg, Perfect Fit To Represent American Muscle?
Most of the cars in his garage were American muscle cars. Goldberg’s older brothers brought him the influence on loving muscle cars from when he was very young. Growing up he had a lot of friends that have older brothers who were collecting Dodges and Plymouths. As he grew up, Bill realized that driving those cars were the main reason why he wanted to be successful.
But, Goldberg was not satisfied on just having money to buy the car that he wants. He wants to appreciate his cars like Leno did with his collections. Bill Goldberg respects Leno for not just buying his cars but also because Jay Leno drives and work on every car that he bought.
Goldberg’s Collection of Muscle Cars
Bill Goldberg’s collection is made up of various classic muscle cars. The very first car that he own was a 1976 Trans Am, it was a reward from his father after having a decent job at McDonalds but only two days later, his father took it away from him because Bill was fired for eating all the foods.
After that, Bill worked as a bouncer at the age of 16 and it worked out well for him.
In 1990, Bill Goldberg was starting to be a household name when he joined NFL as part of Los Angeles Rams. He bought a brand new Infini Q45. It was a cool car back in those days.
His collection of muscle cars started when he became a wrestler. Instead of buying one dream car, he bought about 20!
The first muscle car that he bought was a 1969 Convertible Chevelle then the GTX convertible. The ’69 Chevelle didn’t stay long in his collection because he didn’t like its design so he sold it!
What’s Inside Goldberg’s Garage?
Goldberg’s collections are a mix of replica and restored classics.
1959 Chevy Biscayne
This car was Goldberg’s favorite when it is time for taking a drive near the beaches of San Diego. Goldberg bought it in an auction not only because it was pleasing to his eyes, but also because he know its history.
He gave it a rating of 9 because a lot of people are admiring the car and a lot of them want to buy it too. Goldberg says that its big fins were really an eye catcher. “a bitchin’ car.
1965 Shelby Cobra Replica
On a scale of 1 to 10, Goldberg gave it a 12. This car was special to Goldberg. Aside from its NASCAR motor, Bill Elliot’s brother Birdie Elliot, built that car for him. Bill says that this car can get the front end off the ground in 90mph.
1966 Jaguar XK-E Series 1 Convertible
Goldberg bought this car from his friend with the price tag of $11. His friend is a successful developer and this car’s fate with a good owner is more important than the money.
Goldberg spent $120,000 while restoring the car. He gave it a 10 because of its admirable beauty but Goldberg feels bad for not having the guts of driving it. He’s not sure on what he’s going to do with this car. He is torn between enjoying the car while driving it and putting it up on a show then eventually sell it.
1963 Dodge 330
This car already became a cover of Hot Rod magazine for December 2010 issue. It is a lightweight aluminum race car and a pushbutton automatic. With a simple push of a button, your car was already on the next gear. Goldberg calls this “The Killer Car”.
1969 Dodge Charger
This car was one of those 152 ’69 Hemi Chargers. Goldberg personally admits that if he was a car, this one was the perfect car to represent him. He says that, “it was big and powerful”.
1967 Shelby GT500
Goldberg recalls that, when he was just a small kid, this car put a smile on his face. When he saw this car on the back window, he said to himself that he’s going to buy one of these cars when he grows up.
This car was one of those cars that Bill Goldberg bought since he made it big on the wrestling business. He bought it on Barret Jackson from Steve Davis. It was not in good condition although it fills his needs.
Two 1968 Plymouth GTX
The GTX convertible was one of the first cars that he ever bought. He already sold the car but he ended up buying it back. He sent it to a restoration shop and then he had some issues with it but luckily, he got the car back in pieces.
The reason why he bought a GTX hardtop in a good condition was his lack of knowledge in restoring his convertible.
He personally tried restoring the convertible as much as he can. 50% of the restoration was from Goldberg’s efforts and the other half was from the help of his mechanic who was a shop teacher. Goldberg recalls that the restoration process was fun and exciting for him. He learns a lot from his teacher/mechanic while they are fixing his car.
1970 Plymouth Barracuda
According to Bill Goldberg, this car was a must-have when you are collecting classic cars from 60s-70s. This one is considered as a rare car. Goldberg says that everybody needs to have an E-body Cuda although this one is not his personal favorite.
1970 ½ Camaro Z28
This car was restored by Bill Elliot and Bill Goldberg was aware of its glorious history as a race car.
1968 Super Stock Dodge Dart Replica
Goldberg built this car to make it look like the original. This car was rare, only 50 are manufactured and it wasn’t called Super Stock for nothing because with its lightweight body, this car was really meant for street racing.
Goldberg chose a replica for a practical reason. He wanted to enjoy it without worrying too much. He didn’t want to think about the car’s value while he is doing a quarter mile every weekend but it turns out that he never really had a time to enjoy it that is why this car went to Barret Jackson. Goldberg says that everyone can build one of these cars and he used that car for almost eight years. He simply can’t find any more reasons to have it in his garage.
1970 Pontiac GTO
Goldberg loves this car for the fact that it was so rare. This high-performance car was packed with a 3-speed manual shift and it was unusual, so he got to have it.
1970 Boss 429 Mustang
Goldberg says that Mustangs cannot be rated that is why this one was off the chart. Goldberg was wrestling in Japan and it was 4 in the morning when he received a phone call from one of his car guys. His car guy says that a good-looking Mustang drove across their block. Goldberg says that he doesn’t care how much it cost. He wants it so he ended up buying that car. He also bought a Z28 and a 1968 Yenko Camaro on that same day.
During its 1969 to 1970 production, only 2 Boss 429s with an automatic transmission were made. Goldberg owns one of these while the other one was already lost in time and probably doesn’t exist anymore.
1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV
Goldberg acquired this car from eBay and this one was also rare. It was Ram Air III bodied car but its engine was a Ram Air VI. Pontiac made only 87 units of this car during its production. Ironically, the first car that he test drove was a 1970 Trans Am and it was so fast, he’s only 16 when he test drove it and his mother told him that there’s no way that they are going to buy that car.
On that day, Bill Goldberg made a promise to himself that he’s going to buy a car like that someday and while he’s filming the movie “Longest Yard”, he bought his 1970 Trans AM.
1968 Yenko Camaro
When Goldberg was still a kid, he really loved race cars. He wants to own the rarest cars ever. He doesn’t want the usual cars you see every day on the streets.
That’s the reason why many cars on this list were the rarest or the unusual ones like this 1968 Yenko Camaro. Only 7 of these units were made in 1968. Even Don Yenko himself uses this as his daily driver and Bill Goldberg likes this car for being fast and beautiful. A beauty in the beast!
1970 Dodge Coronet
Bill Goldberg regularly drives this one. He bought it in an auction for a decent undisclosed price.
1969 Chevy Blazer Convertible
This one’s another beach car according to Bill Goldberg and this one is also used while he’s driving around with his dogs. This one was pretty convenient while going in the beach because it can accommodate his pet dogs along with his wife and kids plus a giant cooler.
1973 Super-Duty Trans AM
The main reason why Goldberg gives it a 7 is because it’s red. He personally doesn’t like red and although he has the free will to repaint it, he chose not to. The fact that it was an extremely rare car; it affects his decision of changing its original color. Almost 150 of these cars were made with air conditioning and automatic transmission. It was one of the last cars which are powered by high-performance engines.
1967 Mercury Pickup Truck
This is a 10 rating for Goldberg. It’s because this is Goldberg’s wife’s truck and it comes with a lot of family memories.
This one was originally owned by the Goldberg’s father in law and it was parked in his farm in Canada for almost 35 years before Goldberg decides on restoring it.
Bill Goldberg spent the most expensive restoration done on a ’67 Mercury pickup (according to him), but the reason behind it was a whole lot bigger. This truck was so special for his wife’s family and Goldberg’s father-in-law broke down in tears after the restoration.
Bill Goldberg Was Born To Be A Muscle Car Enthusiast
Bill Goldberg practiced driving in his grandmother’s ’67 Thunderbird. He even used it while going to school. Bill’s family has an interest in some of the famed classic cars. His parents had Cadillacs and his father used to own a Jaguar while his brother keeps their grandmother’s Thunderbird. Bill’s brother was also a Ferrari collector.
Aside from spearing a lot of people, Bill Goldberg should be considered an inspiration for a lot of car collectors out there. Earning a huge amount of money and buying your dream cars is not enough, it is also essential for a lot of car collectors to actually work on their cars. A meaningful reason behind the expensive restorations should also be considered.