In a rare peek behind the curtain, New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy spoke about his rare Bentley as well as getting made fun of for his first car.
Hockey players are generally so very boring. We don’t typically get to know them as people. They show up play hockey and then they’re gone. For New York Islanders players if they aren’t talking to MSG’s Shannon Hogan between period we seldom hear about them.
The New York Islanders aren’t as intensely covered as some of the other teams in the league. But every now and then we get bits and pieces.
Like did you know that Nick Leddy has a rare Bentley?
about his one-of-300 sports car.
One in 300
Back home in Minnesota Leddy has a 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R. For those that are curious, that’s a car with a price tag starting at $260,000 and goes to well above $300,000. It goes from 0-to-60 in 3.6 seconds, its said to have up to 592 horsepower and 553 lbs of torque with an over boost function.
For those of us that aren’t car people, like me, that’s a lot of power. And it wasn’t Leddy’s first choice. If Minnesota had a Ferrari dealership he would have bought one of those it seems.
"“I’m a huge Ferrari fan—just the way they sound, the looks, everything about them, [but] I found they don’t really have Ferrari dealerships in Minnesota. [The Continental] was the first car at the dealership, and I just fell in love with it,”"
Nick Leddy’s GT3-R is only one of 300 made in the world. Making it not only an incredible sports car but a collector’s item as well. Obviously, Leddy isn’t driving this from his place on Long Island to the games at the Barclays and the Coliseum.
The Bentley wasn’t Leddy’s first car. The first car he ever bought was a used Cadillac Escalade. According to Leddy, the car was an off-white color. And that was enough to warrant some ridicule from a teammate.
"“Sometimes my one teammate would give me a hard time for the car because it wasn’t exactly white—he called it a ‘pearl white,’ but I don’t think it was that,” he says. “It was just an off-white, so he would just make fun of me and say it’s not really a man’s color, just was giving me a hard time for it like that.”"
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