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Japan pileup turns luxury cars into scrap


It didn’t take long before they were calling this the world’s most expensive car crash!

A fleet of Ferraris traveling to Hiroshima, Japan, for an event were involved in a chain-reaction accident on Japan’s Chugoku Expressway on Dec. 4. News reports indicated weather played a factor but one witness said the supercars were traveling well above the posted speed limit of 80 kph (50 mph). One car slid on wet pavement and the others followed. Fourteen cars in all were involved, and 10 people were treated for minor injuries.

Here’s the part that makes luxury car lovers cringe: The damaged vehicles included eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, three Mercedes Benz and two Toyotas. Media sources have suggested the total cost of the accident could run as high as $3.8 million.

See video footage here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN0J0e6iZpg



One thought on “Japan pileup turns luxury cars into scrap

  1. Craig Starr

    RE: Mystery Car #6, page 34 of Vol 40, No. 48 — I think that is a MODEL T FORD with a custom body. Note all the skinny wheel hubs (snap-on accessory wheel discs were available). The hood & radiator look like a T, and it appears to have the low-set headlights common on Model T’s. Anyone agree?
    Craig Starr, Masonville, Iowa


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