The Truth About Cars » wrecked exotics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:47:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » wrecked exotics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Journalist Puts BMW i8 On Its Roof in Mexico City http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/journalist-puts-bmw-i8-roof-mexico-city/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/journalist-puts-bmw-i8-roof-mexico-city/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1106401 In light of Bark M.’s post on the possible propensity of Fiesta STs rolling over while autocrossing, and TTAC’s tradition of commenting when autojournos manage to wreck press cars (disclaimer: I once brushed a Fiat Abarth’s wheel against a curb), we bring you this report from Wrecked Exotics. A so far unidentified journalist taking an early […]

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In light of Bark M.’s post on the possible propensity of Fiesta STs rolling over while autocrossing, and TTAC’s tradition of commenting when autojournos manage to wreck press cars (disclaimer: I once brushed a Fiat Abarth’s wheel against a curb), we bring you this report from Wrecked Exotics. A so far unidentified journalist taking an early production BMW i8 for a test drive near Mexico City managed to roll the gas-electric hybrid supercar, leaving it bottoms up.

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Cars with battery packs tend to have very low centers of gravity so it takes a bit of effort to roll them. From the photos published at Wrecked Exotics, it looks to me like the driver, who reportedly was uninjured in the wreck, may have misjudged a corner and hit a stone retaining wall, causing the car to flip.

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The other day, Matt Hardigree of Jalopnik posted a pretty detailed look at the business of providing press cars to journalists, including the fact that the cost to supply a single car to a single journalist for review purposes is non-trivial, averaging hundreds of dollars and sometimes running into four figures. My guess is that this will be a fairly expensive review for BMW.

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Paging Dr. Ferraristein: Wrecked exotic goes up for salvage auction in Connecticut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/paging-dr-ferraristein-wrecked-exotic-goes-up-for-salvage-auction-in-connecticut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/paging-dr-ferraristein-wrecked-exotic-goes-up-for-salvage-auction-in-connecticut/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625129 It’s amazing what having a ton of cash can buy you these days. For example, if you have a tween daughter with big dreams to be on stage singing about her favorite Asian foods, up to $4,000 can buy her a music video featuring a clown in a panda costume, plus the music and lyrics. That […]

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It’s amazing what having a ton of cash can buy you these days. For example, if you have a tween daughter with big dreams to be on stage singing about her favorite Asian foods, up to $4,000 can buy her a music video featuring a clown in a panda costume, plus the music and lyrics.

That said, why allow your daughter to become the next big viral sensation (for all the wrong reasons), when for the right price, you can buy a wrecked 1995 Ferrari F50?

Yahoo Autos managing editor Justin Hyde brings us this tale of such a broken beast, and this one has a lot going for it. The F50, currently residing in an insurance salvage yard somewhere in Hartford, Conn., sold for nearly $530,000 in 2002, received a heart transplant in the form of a new 4.7-liter V12, was one of 56 copies made for the United States (out of 349 overall), and was the last one screwed together, as well as being one of two to be painted black.

And as with any new exotic car purchase, the then-owner felt the need for speed, as demonstrated in Exhibit A:

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Alas, the party came to a screeching halt (with a tree, at 50 mph) for this Ferrari, meriting a salvage title upon examination; the driver came away with only a headache, which became a migraine the moment he learned just how much money he just lost. However, his loss could be your gain if the price is right, sitting at over $110,000 as of this writing with no sign yet of the bids meeting the (potentially high) seller reserve. And if you’re in the area on the 29th at 10 a.m. (and have brought a trailer), you can also bid in the salvage yard’s live auction, just in time to play Dr. Ferraristein come Halloween.

Of course, for half that amount, you could always bet on Blurple.

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Oops! Ferrari California Crashes In Front of Ferrari California http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/oops-ferrari-california-crashes-in-front-of-ferrari-california/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/oops-ferrari-california-crashes-in-front-of-ferrari-california/#comments Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:54:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335504 The post Oops! Ferrari California Crashes In Front of Ferrari California appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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