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If you are a client of RD Whittington RD Whittington celebrity car broker to the A-listers, you won’t ever step foot inside a dealership or haggle with sales people. Simple text the man who makes it happen, and you’ll soon walk out to your driveway to test out your new wheels. Yes, that’s how RD Whittington rolls. Known as the go-to-guy for rare and exotic luxury vehicles, Whittington counts Jamie Foxx as one of his closest friends and has been seen about town with the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio, Floyd Mayweather, Woody Harrelson, The Weeknd, Migos and Scott Disick. And it seems there isn’t a rare vehicle that he can’t get his hands on for his clients.
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However, he says one of his favorite people is young Sebastian, age 9, who is his partner in delivering toys to the LA Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. He shows up in his canary yellow La Ferrari-make Ferrari and says the kids love seeing the car and getting in to pretend drive it in front of the hospital. Whittington is there once a month, and says of all the clients he works with, being with the kids is the most fulfilling for him. “Being with the kids reminds me of all I have to be grateful for. It’s really a bright spot in my day,” says Whittington.
Whittington is humble about what he is able to accomplish. “I try to plan for every day, and I lay out my to-do list the night before. I try to go through life and business like that. However, client requests that front seat in his days that he says are always an adventure.
“That’s what I love the most is making an impact with charities, and this life I’ve got gives me that opportunity,”
One elaborate request he fulfilled in less than a week’s time? Finding a Prevost Bus for a client’s daughter’s ninth birthday party. And, it had to be completely wrapped in pink with the daughter’s name on the side and moved from Los Angeles to Manhattan to surprise the girls and take them and their parents to Six Flags.
“It’s all about doing the impossible for your clients. My career is all about the customer service, and having that personal touch makes the unimaginable possible and then I try to go beyond that,” he says. It’s like the day Whittington got a call from Travis Barker from Blink 102, and he was leaving to go on tour with Lil Wayne, and he needed a car for the nanny while he was gone, saying he needed a matte-black Range Rover by tomorrow. Whittington sourced and delivered the car in less than 24 hours. “Now they have another vehicle for their household. They didn’t have to lift a finger, and that’s just the way I work, and he didn’t have to use his time to go to a dealership,” says Whittington.
“It’s all about doing the impossible for your clients. My career is all about the customer service, and having that personal touch makes the unimaginable possible and then I try to go beyond that.”
One of the most memorable transactions that Whittington remembers is working with Champion Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who Whittington considers a dear friend and top client. “He’s very particular and very nice. He is a very serious guy who plans out everything. Someone who has accomplished what he has accomplished didn’t get there by accident. He’s very focused,” says Whittington.
One day, he got a call that Mayweather was perhaps selling three of his rare Bugattis. The caller didn’t know that Whittington knew Mayweather. And in fact, he’d been in a movie with Mayweather. Whittington called The Champ to check in on the potential sale. Almost immediately, he was on a plane to from Scottsdale to Las Vegas where he was met by a convoy of cars to take him to the Mayweather mansion. There he saw “four of the prettiest Bugattis, ranging from $2 million to $3 million each. Even though it was late at night, there was someone in Mayweather’s impeccable and spotless garage cleaning the extra set of wheels. “He handed me the titles, we loaded up the cars and flew back to Scottsdale all in that same night.
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And the rarest car he’s ever sold? “I have one right now. There are only 500 in inventory, and that is the 2015 Ferrari La Ferrari. It’s priced at $3.6 million and has a hybrid gas and electric motor that combine for 1,000 horsepower. It makes that car very fast,” he says. And that’s the car he takes to LA Shriner’s Hospital for the kids.
Whittington loves providing rare cars to his clients and says the three most exciting cars to own today are the La Ferrari Ferrari, the Bugatti Chiron and a Ford GT. If you are a big fan of the top luxury car shows of the world, you will see these awesome vehicles plus other automotive beauties available through Whittington.
So how did Whittington get where he is today? “It had a lot to do with Jamie Fox—one of my closest friends. He has always helped promote us,” says Whittington, who has gotten to be the go-to car guy for movie productions. It started with Taylor Swift’s video “Look What You Made Me Do.” Whittington got a call from the producers who wanted a Bugatti wrapped in gold. “Well, that’s going to be expensive, but I can do it,” he says. It was one of the first cars he wrapped. “It launched a whole series of deals working with all the big stars with picture cars for big time movies and tv shows,” he says. Did we mention they wanted a leopard in the passenger seat of the car? Whittington solved that by working with a replica seat and a green screen. “Otherwise, the leopard would have shredded the interiors of that beautiful car.”
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From rare cars to movies to today brokering private jets and yachts, there seems to be no end to celebrity car broker Whittington’s scope. “The expensive cars and aircraft and yachts all go hand in hand. I got my student pilots license. I’ve loved aviation all my life, and it’s great to be able to secure aircraft for my clients today as well,” he says.
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So, what’s next for a guy who was born in Florida, raised in Arizona and went to school at a military academy? “I’ve got some projects going, one could be television. I’ve got a vision for something I want to do. More than anything, I love to travel and even more give back,” he says.
The guy who wrapped a Bugatti in gold, has a heart of gold. More than just a luxury car broker for big-name celebrities, Whittington also provides custom vehicles for charities in need. He’s created custom cars for auctions to raise money. Most recently he aided a local LA charity with a van they desperately needed to transport food and supplies to poverty-stricken communities. “That’s what I love the most is making an impact with charities, and this life I’ve got gives me that opportunity,” says Whittington.