Friday, 09 July 2021 13:17

'Car Guy,' Actor Mark Wahlberg Talks About Opening Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet of Avon in Ohio

Written by Dave O’Brien, The Chronicle-Telegram


...$275 and bought another car for $300, which he later traded in for another. And so on.


He continued upgrading, he said, until he had owned "18 cars in one year." He also spent time working at an auto body shop, a tune-up shop and driving a tow truck to make money.


"My dream was to buy a new car," Wahlberg said.


Three Wahlberg dealerships now are Chevrolet-branded, with a GMC/Buick dealership and an Airstream and RV dealership also in the mix.


So why the Chevrolet brand?


"I've had a love for all makes of cars, especially for American-made cars," Wahlberg said. His "sizable" collection of cars currently includes two Chevrolets, "a beautiful Tahoe" and a Suburban "for daily driving," as well as a GMC Acadia, he said.


With Chevrolet, he said two of his interests crossed paths when he did the "Transformers" movie series and got to know Chevrolet's heritage collection of cars.


In the big-budget blockbuster series, good and evil alien robots hide on Earth by taking the forms of cars, trucks and construction equipment. The heroic Autobot Bumblebee, originally a Volkswagen Beetle in the 1980s cartoon series, became a Chevrolet Camaro in the live-action/CGI films of the 2010s.


Feldman said he and Wahlberg first partnered on four dealerships in central Ohio: Three in Columbus and a fourth in...