The Ten Most Expensive Car Crashes Ever

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Car crashes are something almost all of us would do anything to avoid. But when you’re in a wreck involving some of world’s most rare and valuable cars? Yeah, that’s a bit of a game changer.

10.) Toyota 2000GT Versus Tree

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This happened in Japan last year. There’s NOTHING not sad about that picture. Seeing one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic vehicle designs turned into a heap of metals, I can’t even look at it. Valued somewhere around $1.2 million, not only did this 2000GT surely hit many of us in the feels, I won’t doubt that it hit some insurance deep in the pockets.

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9.) Rowan Atkinson McLaren F1’s Second Crash

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Though Mr. Bean’s infamous McLaren F1 wasn’t a complete write off either of the times he smashed it up, his insurance company still managed to drop $1.4 Million on the repair bill to return it to tippity top shape. Hopefully it’ll fair better in the hands of its new owner.

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8.) Eddie Griffin’s Enzo Wreck

Some Enzo-Truthers believe that this 2007 crash was all a publicity stunt for Griffin’s movie Redline, others say the “brotha can’t drive.” All I know is that after watching that video a couple times, I can probably never look at an Enzo the same way again.


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7.) Stirling Moss’s RS61 Wreck

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Back in 2010, due to some unfortunate mechanical issues resulting in the car’s gearbox seizing, Stirling Moss wrecked his Porsche RS61 race car on the track at Laguna Seca, right before the start of the 2010 Monterey Reunion. At the time, this car was valued at $1.7 million, but that number has since appreciated to nearly $3 million.

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6.) Bugatti Veyron Versus “Seagull”

Possibly the internet’s most favorite exotic car crash video, for several different reasons.


One: It features a Bugatti Veyron, valued at $1.6 million, which is a spectacle in itself.

Two: The idiots filming the video are saying “pretty sure that’s a Lambo, dude,” a phrase that lives on to this day.


Three: There is a crash.

And four: The driver of the Veyron featured in this video has since become a convicted criminal, because of this video.


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5.) Japan’s Most Expensive Wreck

This 14 car pile-up occurred on a slightly wet Japanese road in late 2011, causing an estimated $3.85 million in damages. It probably would’ve helped if some of the cars involved didn’t include eight Ferraris, one Lamborghini Diablo, one Skyline R33, and one rather expensive Mercedes-Benz.


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4.) Mercedes-Benz 300SLS Versus Lister

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This $7.4 million wreck occurred on course during the Salvadori Cup at the 73rd Goodwood Member’s Meeting earlier this year. As the Lister began to make its way toward the pit entry, Jochen Mass in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS rear ended him, demolishing the front end of the Mercedes, as well as the rear of the Lister.

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3.) Ferrari 250 TR At The Monterey Historics

At the 2009 Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, this Ferrari 250 TR valued at $8 million was driven beyond its limits. You don’t hear me complaining though. This car was doing what it was built for. Well, racing, that is. Not crashing.


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2.) 1998 Formula One Belgium Grand Prix

This was a mess. A very, very expensive mess. Anyone have an idea how much it might cost to replace 14 Formula One cars?


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1.) Ferrari 250 GTO

Valued at $38 million and counting, someone’s lucky that this wreck wasn’t much worse than it was. Not only was Ferrari able to reconstruct the car completely, they made sure it was just as good as new too.


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#1 Am I missing something? I didn’t see any crash