No matter how big or small, getting in a car accident isn’t a fun experience. Nevertheless, when we pass one on the road we can’t help but look to see what happened.
And though we may not like admitting it, there is a certain rush one feels if the accident involves a rare, exotic, or super fancy car. So with that (slightly twisted) thought, we searched out five accidents involving ridiculously expensive cars and the very unhappy drivers left in their wake.
1. Comedian Rowan Atkinson, better known as Mr. Bean and most recently seen “playing” the piano during the Olympics opening ceremony, wrecked his beloved McLaren F1 last year in London when he hit a tree and lamppost at 85 mph. There are only around 100 cars of this type built, and as one of the fastest road cars (it can go up to 240 mph), the ride is worth about $1 million when new, but usually sells for two to four times that much today.
That Mr. Bean is always getting into some kind of funny trouble, but this time nobody was laughing.
2. This fender-bender from July 2011 wasn’t like anything most of us have experienced. It involved not one or two, but a total of five exotic luxury cars. The offender was a woman driving her Bentley Azure, worth $383,000, outside the Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, where she crashed into a $95,000 Mercedes Benz. The unidentified driver also hit a $220,000 Aston Martin Rapide, a $95,000 Porsche 911– and as a cherry on top– a Ferrari 430, worth $270,000.
Do the math and that’s a combined total of $1.2 million dollars. Nice going, lady.
3. The next bang-up took place on Chugoku Expressway in southwestern Japan. It happened last year and topped the 5-car Monte Carlo mash-up, with a total of 14 vehicles.
While not all the cars involved were luxury vehicles, the line-up did include eight Ferraris, one Lamborghini Diablo, a Nissan GT-R Skyline and three Mercedes Benz. The total estimate on this massive crash: A pretty $4 million dollars.
The suspect was a 60-year-old self-employed man whose car skidded while he was trying to change lanes, which resulted in the wreckage. Oops?
Luckily, no one was seriously injured.
4. A May 2012 Hong Kong crash marked the first (and hopefully only) crash for an Aston Martin One-77, making the already rare vehicle even scarcer. The car, one of only 77 ever built, has a price tag of around $1.9-million.
The model was only recently purchased when the driver hit a curb at high speed, resulting in the severe damages. Ouch!
5. The most expensive car crash ever, occurred July of this year. American investor and billionaire Christopher Cox crashed his rare 1962 Ferrari GTO in France at a Ferrari rally. While making a turn, he was hit from behind by another car, which resulted in him crashing and battering the front of his vehicle. While it’s unclear how much Cox paid for the GTO, what is certain is that this Ferrari is considered a work of art and a prized scarcity in the auto world– the “Picasso” of cars. One of the only 39 built between 1962 and 1964, Cox’s car, pictured here pre-crash, has been estimated to be a mind-boggling $30 million!
Although he walked away relatively unharmed, you can bet this is one accident that must have hurt!
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