Pro-football player turned pro-wrestler, Bill Goldberg is a professional petrolhead; the man is crazy about cars. In the hills of Southern California Goldberg has a mountain mansion that is complete with the ultimate car guy garage. At almost 7,000 square feet his eight door garage has plenty of space to pack in all of the big man’s toys. Bill, like most of us, became interested in cars as a kid when his older brother and his friends would cruise around in classic American iron. Dodge, Plymouth, Chevrolets and Fords became a lasting love affair for Bill. So, after making it big in football and then the WWE, Bill decided to purchase a house and then upgrade the garage space to accommodate all the cars he wanted as a kid.
Who Knew Goldberg Could Turn A Wrench?
The best part about Bill though is that he is not afraid to turn a wrench. In fact, he does as much of the work on his cars as he can. The motivation for this all came about after he purchased his second car, a 1968 Plymouth GTX. After some troubles with a local restoration shop he took back the car and bought a parts donor GTX. With the help of a mechanic friend he redid half of the car and learned a lot in the process.
“The Coolest Car Collection”
With around 20 cars, Bill’s collection is undoubtedly worthy of envy. “Only the coolest cars,” is how he describes his selection process for buying a new piece. One trend is consistent, though, they are almost all American muscle cars, a perfect fit for an ex-pro wrestler, right? Check out some of the highlights of Goldberg’s infamous car collection below.
1965 Ford-Shelby Cobra Replica
I know what you’re thinking “Ugh, replica, pass,” but wait because this car is nothing to look over. Bill’s Cobra has a fully-built, 900 horsepower packing NASCAR motor inside of it. It is his favorite car because it was made especially for him by NASCAR driver Bill Elliott’s brother. Now that is some serious pedigree.
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
It is not hard to see why he owns a Biscayne, those beautiful lines and awesome tailfins definitely turn heads. He also loves this car for the heritage it has with NASCAR because Biscaynes were popular among Moonshiners. It is a four-speed transmission, with a 348 and tri-barrel carburetors that cranked out 350 horsepower! Their rugged suspension and simple mechanicals made them ideal for smuggling booze across county lines. He even got his in black to completely play the part.
1973 Pontiac Trans-Am Super-Duty
While most of his cars are black or blue, like his opponents in the ring, Bill’s Trans-Am is a classic red. He says that it is not his favorite but refuses to paint it because the SD-455’s of that year are so rare. In 1973, Pontiac made roughly 250 SD-455’s and what made them special was the Super-Duty racing motor that came stock. It was the last hurrah for muscle cars before emissions began taking their toll, so Bill knows he has one special Screamin’ Chicken.
1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
For those of you who don’t know Yenko here is a crash-course. They were a Chevy dealer who in the 1960’s to 70’s cranked out some of the meanest modified muscle cars there were. They won races and a spot in Bill’s collection. His 1968 Camaro is one of only 64 built that year. With a 427 engine and other performance goodies swapped into them by Yenko they put down lots of torque and tore up lots of tread.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 “Lawman.”
The focal piece of Goldberg’s garage is without a doubt his ultra-rare Boss 429 Mustang. The “Lawman” name comes from a corporate lawyer for Chrysler purchased two 429 Mustangs during Vietnam. He would take the cars to Veteran Affairs hospitals and set up driving courses and put on shows for the wounded soldiers. Bill says that it is an honor for him to own this car and a duty for him to continue the same program for the military. Adding to the rarity is the fact that Bill’s car has less than 1,000 miles registered on the clock.
1970 Pontiac Trans-Am
Not only is Bill into cars but so is his wife. Together they own, and race, a matte black Pro-touring Trans-Am. In Pro-touring you are allowed to modify the suspension, wheels, and brakes, but the rest is up to the driver. What makes them feel great about taking such a classic out on the course for wheel-to-wheel racing? It is not a matching numbers car, so they drive it like they stole it.
1967 Mercury Pick-up
Another car that Bill and his wife share a love for is their powder blue Mercury Pick-up truck. The car was originally from Saskatchewan, Canada and was owned by his wife’s parents to teach their kids how to drive a manual. Having sat outside for over 30 years, and enduring the punishment of being a learner car, the truck was in bad condition. Bill picked it up, put in around $50,000 for a full restoration and gave it to his wife as a surprise gift!
Muscle Car Mania
Thanks to his successful career Bill has been able to afford an amazing house filled with all the cars he dreamed of owning as a kid. His collection is distinctly suited for him, and “The Man” only buys what he loves. More importantly, though, it is great to see a true car enthusiast, who loves to work on and drive his cars, own them and cherish them.