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Flood aftermath:
Who will think of the Ferrari?

Toronto flood makes supercar an unfortunate Internet celebrity

Published July 8, 2013

Toronto’s cataclysmic rainfall caused no end of grief to a lot of people, but in hindsight, there were some humourous moments.

Such as the stranded Ferrari that went viral.

In the midst of advancing floodwaters, the owner of a Ferrari California decided to abandon ship. “Ship,” in this case, being a $300,000 supercar.

An image of the forlorn car submerged in floodwaters and sewage at Simcoe and Front Sts. was posted to Twitter by Hira Ahmed and immediately became a lightning rod for pity and snickers.

 

A short video was swiftly uploaded to YouTube (video below) by an onlooker who claims to have witnessed the car’s owner leave the car and swim for safety, and the U.S.-based website Jalopnik reported on the flood with the following headline: “Toronto floods claim cars, trains and one unlucky Ferrari,” eliciting a deluge of comments, such as:

“GENTLY USED FERRARI CALIFORNIA. LISTING FOR ELDERLY OWNER, ALWAYS GARAGE KEPT. SLIGHT WATER STAINS ON CARPETING. NOT ON FIRE. RAN WHEN PARKED. SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY, NO LOW BALLERS. $650000 OBO.”

And on Twitter, Trendsmap Toronto observed that ” ‘stranded,’ ‘Ferrari,’ ‘underwater’ and ‘sewage’ are now trending.”

Video: For $300,000, it really ought to come with fins …

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