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Mark Gregory

Most Expensive Scrapyard you have ever seen RR - Ferraris - Lamborghinis

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The supercar scrapyard! Ferraris, Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis lie covered in desert dust in Dubai after their owners defaulted on loans and had to flee the country

  • Supercars and classic luxury sedans lie covered in grime at the scrapyard in Sharjah, close to central Dubai
  • Many of the former owners are thought to be expats who left the country after defaulting on loan payments
  • Although some are in terrible condition, they are still on the market for their parts at knock-down prices 

 

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 In the Middle East this happens a lot, and in some areas the cars are in Limbo. I lived in Riyadh for 9 years and saw quite a bit of this. The local view is that selling such abandoned vehicles in unethical as the owner is unable to take part, and its a one sided transaction. Same argument about gambling. Saw quite a few mouth watering vehicles in savable condition, but without presence of the title holder, no dice. Only win I had was a bunch of old Land Rovers came up for sale in a scrapyard, and several of us got there in time - low mileage 1978 Series II 'Lightweights' (technically Air Portable, as they were under 1 ton, suitable for parachute drops). 100mm narrower than usual so they would fit on a pallet, with all equipment they were over the weight spec, but stripped they were OK. 2.25L 4 cyl petrol, 2x10gal fuel tanks(under the seats), canvas tops. Top speed 100kph. With 600-16 radials they were terrific over rough ground. Pretty impractical to bring home - open to the weather, no heater, no space in container after the 928 went in.

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Many of the high end cars are beaten to death with  little or no maintenance. They are just left at the first hint of a problem.

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The Middle east is a truly strange place. Most of our Western rules of thumb are turned upside down.

 

 

Greg

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