For a motorphile, the wrecking of eight classic Ferraris, a Lamborghini and three high performance Mercedes would be akin to ripping up The Hay Wain, slapping Dulux purple all over the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or drawing a permanent ink moustache on the Mona Lisa. The mere thought of it is enough to send shivers down spines, so if it were to actually happen, well, it doesn’t bare thinking about.
But it did happen, in Japan: eight spotless, gleaming, low mileage, rare, factory perfect, classic Ferraris on their way to a club outing in Hiroshima all smashed into each other at around 85mph, taking a Lamborghini and three Mercs with them as well. Luckily no one was seriously hurt, with mild whiplash being the main injury. Now get ready to bite your fist, because the aftermath looked a lot like this:
Not a pretty site is it and let’s put this in context, if a couple of your average UK family hatchbacks have an accident, we’re talking around £30,000 of motor vehicle written off. The estimated value of the cars involved in the Japanese pile up was £2.46million and policemen attending the scene said most were unrepairable
The accident happened when the driver of one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes and hit the crash barrier. Speaking about the incident, highway patrol lieutenant Eiichiro Kamitani said: “I’ve never seen such a thing, Ferraris rarely travel in such large numbers.”