30 Rides in Shaq’s Collection
Shaquille O’Neal is a big dude. There’s no doubt about that. Being 7 foot and 1 inch tall, weighing 325 pounds is an awesome advantage in the game of basketball. But it makes for a difficult transition into regular civilian life. For instance, think about the car you drive. Could Shaq fit into it? Probably not.
That’s why his rides are so awesome – almost all of them are custom made to allow a Shaq-sized dude access into the driver’s seat. Or in some cases the motorbike seat.
Shaq was known by many names during his playing days – the Big Cactus, the Big Aristotle, the Big Shamrock, and so on and so forth. But outside of his game and nicknames, Shaq has always been known for his illustrious list of awesome custom vehicles. From pick-up trucks to motorcycles, sports cars, to go-karts, the Big Shaqtus knows how to ride in style.
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It’s kind of odd to think of a 7-foot-1 basketball player known for physical dominance and imposing size doing anything but playing basketball. But, Shaquille O’Neal is much more than just a basketball player. He’s a television host, a police officer, a business owner, and a collector of crazy-cool automobiles. Check these out!
30. Customized Chopper Trike
When you’re seven feet tall perspective must be taken into account on everything, even trikes. Underground Garage built this custom trike for the 7 footer. Other notable motorcycle like creations include a custom OC Chopper and a custom bike from West Coast Customs in 2001. Fans have spotted him riding it on the LA freeway and note how comical the whole thing looks. Shaq’s goofy grin on a massive, oversized trike!
29. Extended Ferrari 355 Spider
Shaq’s Spider had to be customized to fit his massive frame. The key problem spot was the engine mount. The chassis was stretched and the top removed so he could fit his huge head inside without sloping his shoulders or ducking throughout the entire drive. In a bizarre story he sold the car to a museum. Eventually, the place was busted for fraud and the Ferrari was found inside still bearing the tag which read “Shaq F1.”
28. Hummer H2S
This has to be the baddest Hummer 2 ever made. Shaq’s Hummer 2 features 26 inch Asanti rims. It gets better though. Each rim spoke is hand made and engraved with the Superman logo on it. The fuel tank cover also sports the Superman logo. Inside you won’t notice the interior much. Shaq has an 18 inch subwoofer installed to keep the party moving down the road. So while some consider the Hummer 2 as anti-environment and bad for the planet, we think it is the perfect vehicle for an NBA all star!
27. Smart Car?
This is just laughable. Have you ever been in a Smart Car? It’s like being inside of a toaster. I can’t imagine a high school basketball player fitting in here, much less a man the size of Shaquille O’Neal!?
26. Cadillac Escalade
Does your Cadillac Escalade have butterfly doors and a Superman logo on the grill? That’s because you aren’t Shaq. His Luxury SUV features wide tires to ensure his large body rides in style. Also, the entire thing has been lowered to for reasons of personal taste (Shaq has a huge pimp factor). And while the doors do not actually create more room for height, they do take into account Shaq’s width. He is 300 lbs after all. That makes getting in and out of normal cars a bit of a challenge when doors don’t quite open wide enough to allow escape.
25. Jeep Wrangler
West Coast Customs took on the task of out fitting a Jeep Wrangler for Shaq. The ironic thing is they didn’t need to make any frame mods to accommodate his 7’1″ frame. But don’t worry, it still has plenty of customization. For starters, WCC used a Wrangler unlimited chassis because it is 20.6 inches longer than the standard one. Front and read doors were fused together to create one long door for proportion sake. This allowed the front seats to be set back further so the NBA star has all the necessary leg room he needs. Ironically, the Jeep looks as normal as any other Wrangler on the street!
24. Cadillac Escalade with Modified Doors
This one is a bit different than the previous Escalade. How so? It;s newer and replaces the DUB Caddy Shaq loved. Of course, he themed out the grill with his trademark Superman logo (isn’t the logo trademarked already?) The chrome wheels, grill and super badge work beautifully with the paint job and tint job, However, did you notice hose butterfly doors? That’s the show stealer here. It’s what happens when you take a common luxury SUV and trick it out with 100k worth of custom mods and butterfly doors. It becomes an instant classic.
23. Dodge Challenger Hellcat
Are those aftermarket headlights and wheels on Shaq’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat? Yep, but who cares. His 2016 features are 6.2 L hemi V-8 engine with 707 horses thundering under the hood. Oh yeah, also throw in 650 pound feet of torque. Ultimately, it makes the car amazingly fast, yet gas mileage is somewhat lackluster… 16 miles a gallon (power requires payment). It’s a good thing money is no issue for him. Plus, it helps that his Hellcat comes equipped with a 900 W Harman Kardon premium sound system equipped with an 18 inch sub woofer. Gas mileage may suffer, sound quality won’t.
22. Ford F-150
Ford always loves to show off their F-150 pick up truck as one of the most utilitarian, toughest, versatile trucks around. It’s those qualities that skyrocket the F-150 to the top of bestseller lists year after year. However, even Ford couldn’t envision what Shaq did. He wrapped the entire thing with a bright gold, complementing the truck with black rims that give it an almost spider like quality. The low profile tires make the truck unique look, as do the gold shocks. Fit for superman, that’s for sure.
21. Vanderhall Venice 3 Wheel Roadster
So this might seem like an unlikely vehicle for the 7 foot 1 center. However, many celebrities (like Jamie Foxx) own a Venice three wheel roadster. This particular Venice includes a 1.4, four-cylinder turbo Engine with a six speed automatic transmission. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about the 18 inch wheels, 400 white BT sound and massive amounts of legroom. Still, with all that you can scoop one up for about 30k. Shaq has been spotted frequently in his Vanderhall roadster in Malibu.
20. Cadillac DTS aka “Shaq-A-Laq”
Shaq’s Cadillac has been renamed the Shaq-A-Laq, with fun fully intended. This car was built by West Coast Customs during his time with the Miami Heat. Shaq-A-Laq features a gorgeous candy apple burgundy paint job with 22 inch Asanti wheels. In total, about $100,000 was spent to customize the vehicle. Then Shaq sent it off to auction in 2014. There are several Internet videos showcasing the gorgeous cream leather interior seats, as well as the impressive set up of amps and speakers in the trunk.
19. Customized Polaris Slingshot 4-Seater
Remember that time Shaq bought a two seater Polaris Slingshot? Well, he was obviously so pleased with it that he moved up to a four seater. Yet, in Shaq’s case it might as will be a three seater since he will have to move the driver seat back as far as possible for leg room. And while you can buy a Polaris four seater for about 16k, we don’t know what Shaq’s cost. Remember, he is known for completely customizing his vehicles and this one has been hush-hush.
18. Dodge Charger Hellcat Police Special
OK, so it takes a hard-core Shaq fan to know that he also serves as a real life sheriff’s deputy in Clayton County Georgia. Yeah, it was obvious pretty quick that shack simply couldn’t drive a crown Victoria. This has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a standard issue police vehicle. Shaq is just too big! Later, sheriff Victor let everyone know on Facebook that they had supplied Shaq with a Dodge Charger Hellcat. The department felt it would be a good match for Shaq, and the perfect combination of sports car versus sheriff superstar all in one.
17. Super-Sized Polaris Slingshot
So how do you fit someone with Shaq’s proportion’s into a Polaris two seater Slingshot? The answer is simple, get West Coast Customs involved. They reworked the Slingshot into the Sling Shaq and now it suits him just fine. Of course, a lot of the work was done for them already since the Polaris comes sans roof. This meant West Coast focused more effort on enlarging legroom for Shaq. Yet, even with all the modifications his knees still stick out of the passenger side compartment when he’s riding shotgun.
16. Land Rover Range Rover
It’s no secret Shaq loves chrome on his vehicle so it should come as no surprise to see his Range Rover decked out with a Chrome Superman logo, chrome wheels and a chrome mesh grill. However, that’s about it as far as customization goes for this Rover. The rest of the Discovery Sport SUV has remained pretty close to factory stock. Well, almost. There is the limousine tint job, but that’s to be expected. Celebrities like to ride around incognito, and Shaq is no exception.
15. Customized Tour Bus
This tour bus is parked semi truck, part RV. It’s all beast though. Notice the graphics on the side. Shaq calls this one Big Hoffa. He posted a picture on Instagram with the caption that said, “Road trip time, honk if you see me. I might pull over.” If he does then maybe he’ll extend the retractable awning and share a pitcher of sweet tea. The only question is where to park a beast like this. It’s obvious the wheel base has been extended from the double axle near the tail end. It’s big though, just like the Big Hoffa that drives it. And, we can’t blame him for doing so. It must be murder to travel first class or find a train ticket when you’re more than 7 feet tall.
14. Convertible Mercedes Benz S550 Sedan
So she asked Mercedes began life as an S550 sedan. However, things took a left turn after that there because he is so big. For starters, the top is chopped off and a fabric roof was added, the B column between the doors was removed and the rear doors are suicide doors. However, the suicide doors couple with standard front opening doors make easy entry and exit for Shaq. Plus, it has custom rims and side vents. How cool is that?
13. Terminator Themed F-650
This is one customization that had fans divided. They either loved it or hated it. Shaq took a perfectly good Ford F650 and themed it out with a Terminator wrap (What?). Check out the detail on the running board and you might notice a steely stare. However, some people felt like he ruined a perfectly good F650. As for Shaq? He loves the way it honors his time the Miami Heat and primarily laid those flames down because he felt the truck didn’t look “mean enough.” Now it’s big and mean enough. Well done we say.
12. Shaq’s Yacht
So, Shaquille O’Neal took to popular social media platform Facebook in an effort to show off his new million Dollar yacht. In the post, he offered fans a chance to name the vessel. As with anything on the Internet, some things shouldn’t be put out into the ether. One fan named Andrew Yang posted a clever reply. He simply said, “Call it free-throw so you won’t ever sink it.” And that’s how more than 5,000 likes racked up in about five minutes. He’s racked up more than $292 million in NBA contracts during his 19 year career.
11. Customized Sprinter Mercedes Van
This is no average Mercedes Sprinter Van. It was completely customize for Shaquille O’Neal by Sprinter Vans of America. Shaq’s van includes custom wood flooring, a massive flatscreen TV, minibar, iPad and a top of the line sound system to accompany great visuals or listen to some tunes. Our favorite? The quilted leather seats. You could take one heck of a nap in those. Shaq loved it so much he posted the van online complete with shout out and phone number.
10. Shaq Bentley
Remember that one time check bought three Bentleys on an impulse? Yeah, he doesn’t like to talk about it much either. Turns out Mike Tyson was in the Beverly Hills Rolls-Royce dealership the same time he was. Tyson was adding two Bentleys to his collection when Shaq walked up to the salesman and asked how much they cost. His reply was, “Can you afford this sonny boy?” That pissed him off so much he bought three on the spot. Of course, he was younger and had an ego. Now he’s loaded and has everything.
9. Ford Bronco II
So if this seems a bit odd as part of the Shaquille O’Neal collection, here’s why. Shaq claims the Ford Bronco II to as his first truck. His main reason for buying one at the time? The Bronco song! And yet, the only thing Shaq likes to do in his truck is get inside and pump up the volume. He has 1900 W bass amp powering the Bronco so there’s no lack of sound. He admits the secret is listening until he laughs, then all is right with the world. So if you see a Bronco booming down the street look over. It just might be Shaquille O’Neal.
8. Customized Two Door Vaydor
7. Convertible Dodge Challenger
Have you ever seen a Dodge Challenger convertible? Well, this one was custom built for Shaq by Droptop customs of Florida. It features a Hemi V-8 fuel injected powertrain, automatic transmission with leather and suede seating. The convertible top is a German Hartz and it also has a few creature comforts. For instance, there’s a fully functional backup camera, keyless start and dual exhaust. The original cost for this beauty was just over $80,000.
6. Customized F-650 Pick-Up
To most of us, the Ford F650 would be a monster truck. The features look almost exaggerated in a cartoonish manner. However, for Shaq it just looks normal, and that was a problem. If you remember the Terminator theme to truck from a few pictures back, this is the same vehicle. Superman had the chrome steps modified and the entire thing wrapped in flames. Engines can either be a Cummins ISB inline 6 (6.7 liter) or a Modular V10 6.8 liter. However, both produce 4,750 horsepower. For dependability and performance, you can never go wrong with a Ford F650. Theming out is optional.
5. Mercedes Smart Car
Are Smart Cars practical? Not really. Even more so if you are Shaq, Yet he owns a Mercedes Benz model and loves it. Somehow, he managed to fit into the foot well (a miracle in and of itself). However, he had to get a model with a Targa style roof. It retracts to allow his massive shoulders room to breath, and also gives up more headroom. Prices star tat $28,000 so cash outlay wasn’t a problem. Plus, since Daimler recently announced a move to all electric vehicles in North America, Shaq owns one of the last gas powered ones on the market.
4. Stretched Lamborghini Gallardo
Customized by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, Shaq’s Lambo had to be stretched so he could fit. The door, windows and roof were all stretched to make room for the 7 foot center. Gaffoglio said the relied heavily on their aerospace and coachworks division for the stretch. The idea was to keep the look of the Gallardo as authentic as possible. SO while it is longer, you don’t even notice it. You will notice it on the road however. It’s a Lamborghini after all!
3. Rolls Royce Phantom
Sure, this car was modified for him to fit inside. Look at the roof for instance. However, the real story here goes beyond the car itself. Shaq loves Rolls Royce vehicles so he bought one for himself and his team mate at the time… King James! yep, he bought Lebron a 2009 Phantom for his birthday. His generosity doesn’t stop there however, He also bought one for the president of the United States. Google which president it was. The answer may surprise you!
2. Buick Lacrosse
Shaq is one of the front men for Buick so the LaCrosse is no surprise. Tiger Woods was a pitch man for years. Yet, Buick used Shaq to promote the new luxury look of Buick as well as its roomy capacity. Mission accomplished we say. Shaq nestles comfortably inside. Trying to fit a passenger in behind him is another story entirely. Even better, try fitting a driver inside with Shaq in the back. Seems like vehicles are always instantly minus one seat when Shaq gets in.
1. Lincoln Navigator
Yep, this has a Superman symbol on the grill. It’s Shaq’s signature move. The Lincoln Navigator is also known as Shaq’s first pimped out ride. West Coast Customs did the work featuring a lowered ride with a silver blue metallic paint job. It also features flashing strobe lights in the front grill and a Kenne Bell supercharged engine. The interior headliner is gray suede and plush black leather seats seal the deal. Ironically enough, Shaq sold it and the current owner listed it for sale in May of 2018 for $12,500 due to medical conditions. This is down from $66,000. What a steal!