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On eBay, David Ortiz selling car linked to Red Sox history
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
Used Car for Sale: A 2005 Mercedes-Benz convertible SL-Class SL65 AMG with 6.0-liter twin-turbo charged engine that rockets from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.
Mileage: 4,034, driven predominantly to and from Fenway Park.
Color: Red Sox red.
Special Features: A baseball diamond and the initials "D" and "O" embossed on the rear seat, between two subwoofers. Lowenhart LSR 20-inch chrome wheels inscribed with the black letter "D" against a red background.
Asking Price: $169,000 on eBay.
Seller: "It's coming from me -- Big Papi, man," Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said today by telephone from Tampa Bay. "I personally will hand it to the person that buys it at Fenway."
Number of Bids So Far: 3.
Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger and admitted muscle-car addict, is selling the convertible he bought as a gift for himself after the 2004 World Series. He paid $205,000 and sunk another $35,000 into the car for accessories, which include a window-rattling stereo, the initials, and other little touches that make it an Ortiz original.
"It's just one of my beauties," Ortiz said. "It has an unbelievable engine. I got it red and it was because of the Red Sox. And the interior is black and red, just like the Red Sox."
With four other cars in the garage at home, Ortiz placed the car on eBay last week. More than 6,000 people have ogled the car online, but no one has placed a bid and the auction has just over two days remaining.
"He's going to sign it -- give them a jersey, a bat, whatever it takes to make the person happy," said Nima Karamouz, a friend of Ortiz who is handling the sale.
"The car is an absolute animal," Karamouz said. "It will get you from A to B -- and you'll blow right by B. You might be on D or E by the time you realize it."
Once the car sells, Ortiz may buy another, higher-end vehicle -- if he has something to celebrate this fall. "After we win the World Series this year," Ortiz said with a deep, Big Papi laugh.