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Man Wrecks $288,000 Ferrari an Hour After Picking It Up

The Ferrari Scuderia 430 is shown at the 2008 North American International Auto Show January 13, 2008 in Detroit.The Ferrari Scuderia 430 is shown at the 2008 North American International Auto Show January 13, 2008 in Detroit.
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An unlucky Brit managed to destroy his £200,000 ($288,000) Ferrari just one hour after picking it up, telling police: “I’ve only just got it.”

The driver, who has not been identified, lost control of his brand new sports car, a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, on a motorway in South Yorkshire, England, on July 27.

Local police wrote on Facebook that they were called to a single vehicle collision with reports that the vehicle had left the carriageway and burst into flames. When officers arrived on the scene they found colleagues from the fire service “squirting water all over some kind of sporty motor.”

The driver escaped the crash with minor cuts and bruises, which the South Yorkshire police force said was “very lucky.” The police added that they do not believe excess speed contributed to the collision.

The car was one of only 499 sold, according to CNBC, and can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds.