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2016-07-12 10:30

FERRARI F430 SCUDERIA: A Ferrari F430 Scuderia like this one, was destroyed with a few other supercars in Japan in 2011. Image: Supplied

Cape Town -  Earlier in July, News24 reported that Durban paramedics rushed to the scene of a horror crash involving a Ferrari.

Crisis Medical spokesperson Neill Powell said further investigation revealed a 52-year-old man was trapped inside the vehicle. He sustained severe injuries.

Expensive crashes

The Durban-Ferrari incident made us think about other expensive car crashes through the years.

Here are five of the most expensive car crashes yet: 

5. Multi-car wreck in Japan

A huge car crash in 2011 caused by a Ferrari driver (coincidence?) saw a group of foreign car enthusiasts in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Up to 14 vehicles including eight Ferraris, three Mercedes', a Lamborghini, a Nissan Skyline, and a Toyota Prius were involved. The roads were wet and the damaged was totaled at around $3.85-million at the time. 


4. Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS

The sad story of one of the rarest Mercedes-Benz models, the 300 SLS, crashing into another car is terribly sad. The 300 SLS, valued at around $7.4-million, was damaged in the pit complex at the Salvadori Cup, during the 73rd Goodwood Member's Meeting. 


3. Ferrari 250 TR 

Valued at $8-million, a Ferrari 250 TR was raced at the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca in 2009. Unfortunately its driver was a tad over zealous and sent the classic racer into track barriers. An expensive crash. 

2. 1998 Belgian GP 

A total of 14 Formula 1 cars were wrecked at Spa in 1998 which ultimately saw the Jordan racing team claim its first win. We're not sure how much 14 F1 cars were worth at the time but you can bet the race took a rather expensive toll on racing budgets. 

1. Ferrari 250 GTO 

Valued at over $40-million, the 250 GTO is one of Maranello's most prized assets. Ferrari however applied the 'that'll buff out' theory and duly mended the 250 back to its original condition.

Special mention* Melinda Ferguson author of 'CRASHED – How Trashing a Ferrari Saved My Life' 


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