What Joe DiMaggio Used To Drive Before His Death

By Simon Boseman

Published July 22, 2024

What Joe DiMaggio Used To Drive Before His Death

Table of Contents

  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird 
  • 1950s Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe 
  • 1984 Toyota Corolla 
  • 1991 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

In 1931, he started playing semi-pro baseball. Joe made his professional debut on October 1, 1932, where he played the last three games of the season. Playing for PCL (Pacific Coast League), in his first full year, he hit safely in 61 consecutive games, which was a record. It was also the second-longest streak in Minor League Baseball history. He made his big league debut in 1936 and battled just ahead of Lou Gehrig in the lineup the Yankees hadn’t won a World Series since 1932 but would win the next four. The gap in his MLB career came due to his services in the United States Army Air Forces when he chose to trade his Yankees contract for a payment of $50 a month to enlist. Despite this, Joe ended his professional career by batting .325 with 2,214 hits, while hitting 361 home runs and driving in 1,537 runs.

Joseph Paul DiMaggio

There are very specific numbers of pictures of him posing or driving his cars. Despite the huge chunk of money, Joseph DiMaggio was not so interested in making a collage of cars, what recent MBL player tends to do. He received one 1991 Mercedes-Benz sedan at an event before he was driving a Toyota. In addition, he was spotted with his wife standing next to the 1951 Cadillac Convertible. Moreover, he was spotted driving the 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible vehicle. 


4. 1956 Ford Thunderbird 

One of the very oldest cars in his collection was a Ford Thunderbird from the year back in 1956. This vehicle he owned was wearing a Colonial White exterior paint. It was a convertible version. Joe was spotted cheering up his fans in a stadium in this car. It was one of the most dominating sports cars of that time. The Ford Thunderbird was the brainchild of two men—George Walker and Louis D. Crusoe. The car was born from the idea that Ford Motor Company should have a sportier vehicle as part of their automobile line.

1956 Ford Thunderbird 

The two-door convertible was tagged at a price of $3,150.

Ford ThunderbirdSpecs
Price $3,150
Powertrain4.8L V8
Horsepower 200 HP @ 4600 RPM
Torque N/A
Transmission3-speed automatic
0-60 MPH7.5 seconds
Top Speed 116 MPH

Ford Thunderbird was powered by a 4.8L V8 engine. It was able to generate 200 HP. The car was able to touch a 0-60 MPH speed mark in 7.5 seconds and offered a top speed of 116 MPH. 


3. 1950s Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe 

Cadillac convertible was also one of the few cars that he used to see driving. Once he was spotted in the car with his wife Monroe. The car gained a classic aesthetics of a vintage car at the time when it was launched and gabbed a handsome response from several high-earning individuals.

1950s Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe 

It was a convertible coupe that featured a low and sleek torpedo-style body that was shared with its corporate siblings Buick (Roadmaster), Oldsmobile (Series 90), and Pontiac (Torpedo). It cost $3,400.

Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe Specs
Price $3,400
Powertrain5.4L V8
Horsepower 190 HP @ 4000 RPM
Torque 322 LB-FT @ 2400 RPM
Transmission3-speed selective manual
0-60 MPH17.5 seconds
Top Speed 90 MPH

Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe was powered by a 5.4L V8 engine which produced 190 HP. The car rushes a 0-60 MPH velocity in 17.5 seconds and offered a top speed of 90 MPH. 


2. 1984 Toyota Corolla 

Before receiving the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL as a gift, he was driving a 1984 Toyota Corolla. At that time, it was the vehicle that impacted the brand perception of customers. With American Buyers Association the car with high quality, affordability, and comfortable. Customers appreciated the Corolla because it is a stylish, safe, and reliable vehicle despite its low price point.

1984 Toyota Corolla 

The base price of the Corolla started at $6,688.

1984 Toyota Corolla 

Toyota Corolla Specs
Price $6,688
Powertrain1.8L Inline 4
Horsepower 68 HP @ 6000 RPM
Torque 75 LB-FT @ 3800 RPM
Transmission5-speed manual
0-60 MPHN/A
Top Speed 93 MPH

A 1.8L four-cylinder engine was given with the Toyota Corolla which was producing 68 HP. It was provided with a top speed of 93 MPH. 


1. 1991 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

This car was probably the last car that he owned. He received the vintage luxury sedan at an event. The car was presented to him at Yankee Stadium (as a gift) on Old Timers Day, July 28th,1991. It would be his last car. The SEL was a high-performance version of the W116 S-Class saloon. It was based on the long-wheelbase version of the W116 chassis introduced in 1972 and equipped with a Mercedes-Benz M100 V8 engine and full hydropneumatic suspension system.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

The sedan at that time was priced at $52,995.

Mercedes-Benz 450 SELSpecs
Price $52,995
Powertrain6.8L V8
Horsepower 225 HP @ 5000 RPM
Torque 278 LB-FT @ 3000 RPM
Transmission3-speed automatic
0-60 MPH9.9 seconds
Top Speed 131 MPH

Mercedes-Benz 450SEL was powered by a 6.8L V8 engine. It was able to produce 225 HP. The luxury sedan can rush to a 0-60 MPH speed mark in 9.9 seconds and provided a top speed of 131 MPH.


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