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Shaquille O'Neal

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos By Michael Vincent on 26 October 2011.

Shaquille O'Neal

Always a force to be reckoned with on the court, Shaq announced his retirement from basketball back in June after 19 seasons in the game. Walking away with four rings, 28,596 career points and a slew of other accomplishments, the 39-year-old Shaq "Diesel” won’t be too far from the action. A month after he announced his retirement, he revealed plans to work at Turner Sports as a full-time analyst, joining Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley as part of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” studio show.

"Burgundy has always been my favorite color but that’s like a different burgundy, it’s like a ‘Spartacus Legendary House of O’Nealicus’ burgundy" The former basketball player has also been keeping us busy over the years, working with DUB on several of his past vehicle projects. While each of his rides were all highly custom builds, it’s his widebody Ford Mustang—that appeared on the first episode of MTV2’s “The DUB Magazine Project”—that's at the top of the list.

“This car is probably some of the best work they’ve done for me,” he compliments. “I’ve always loved Mustangs, but I could never fit into them. So when Myles asked me, ‘What kind of car you want?’ I told him I was tired of the Bentleys, the Ferraris and all the sports cars. I just wanted to be normal, so I said, ‘Hook up one of those new Mustangs. Can you make me fit? and he said, ‘Sure,’ and I was like, ‘Let’s do it!’”

With only one request about the car’s color, he left everything else up to the team at the DUB Garage! In the dark throughout the build, a couple of his friends ended up seeing the finished product before he did, which resulted in numerous calls to “Superman.” “I was getting calls from some of my friends who saw it, telling me it’s the fattest car ever and how the color was something they’d never seen before. So everybody was seeing my car but me!”

Shaquille O'Neal

But Shaq finally saw the amazing results of his customized ’Stang during the NBA All-Star weekend. Though a bit upset at first because he wasn’t the first to see it, he quickly got over it as soon as he laid eyes on the car. “You did a fabulous job!” he exclaimed, as he gave the car a 360-degree look over. “That’s why DUB is No. 1. I remember when they first started out, they used to do car shows back in the day and ever since then they’ve been classy.”

Shaq was definitely impressed with everything on the Mustang, especially the color. “Burgundy has always been my favorite color but that’s like a different burgundy, it’s like a ‘Spartacus Legendary House of O’Nealicus’ burgundy. It’s nice and I fit in the car. The good thing with DUB is you tell them what you want and they get it done. A lot of other people you tell them and then you sit in the car and the seat ain’t moving back. They then have to take the car back for another week... But with DUB, every time I drop off a car, it comes out perfect.”

"When you look at me, you might not see a regular guy but I am. When you look at that car, it’s so beautiful and so nice that you have to turn your head and say, ‘Wow!’ So I would be that car right there. I wouldn’t be a fancy car ’cause I’m not a fancy guy." And perfect is what we like to hear! House of Kolor Brandywine was used to get that much loved burgundy color Shaq wanted, while we had the rear of the Mustang was brought out by 5-inches, and the front came out by 2-inches to provide a tough widebody stance. We then used Eibach Pro-kit Performance lowering springs so that when coupled with the widebody mods, the Mustang would have an aggressive posture and the ability to accommodate 22x10 front and 22x12 rear TIS Modular TIS16 wheels surrounded by Pirelli Scorpion Zero 265/30R22 front and 335/25R22 rear tires. A Roush Supercharger and Borla ATTACK Exhaust System boost performance, with the ability to stop on a dime thanks to Baer’s 6-piston Big Brake Kit.

To make the 7’1” Shaq comfortably fit into the Mustang, the entire backseat had to be removed, then the floorboard had to be extended and reinforced. From there, the gas tank was replaced with a custom-built fuel cell. Finally, the seat brackets had to be extended, which independently allows the driver and passenger seats to slide back 12-inches. A custom Pioneer audio system was installed to provide Shaq with great quality sound.

When asked what kind of car best describes him, Shaq first replied a Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead, but quickly changed his mind and pointed to his Mustang. “When you look at me, you might not see a regular guy but I am. When you look at that car, it’s so beautiful and so nice that you have to turn your head and say, ‘Wow!’ So I would be that car right there. I wouldn’t be a fancy car ’cause I’m not a fancy guy.”

The DUB Garage team enjoyed working with Shaq throughout the years, and always look forward to seeing what transpires next as he embarks on a new chapter of his life—and customizing whatever car he has his eyes set on next!

See more from Shaq and his custom Mustang on The DUB Magazine Project here!

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