A DRIVER has wrecked his £550,000 classic supercar just weeks after buying it – because he reportedly didn’t know how to drive it.
Robert J. Guarini, 50, from Florida, bought the 2006 Ford GT in April for a huge six-figure sum.
He told police officers he lost control while changing gears after leaving his home for a ride around 6pm on Friday.
Cops said Guarini crashed into a palm tree near his home because he was “unfamiliar with driving shifters.” road and rail.
Images posted to Facebook showed the smashed blue and orange supercar on the pavement with a mangled front end.
Despite the significant damage, the accident reportedly happened at low speed and no one was injured.
“I don’t want people to think I was driving at 140 km/h. I was going 35 miles an hour,” Guarini said.
After the accident, Guarini reportedly told a nearby security guard that he didn’t have his phone with him and needed to be driven back to his home.
Once home, he called authorities to tell them he had left his wrecked vehicle unattended.
Although police officers said the accident was caused by Guarini’s inexperience with a manual, he claimed old tires, a muddy pavement and new details caused him to lose control of the 550hp car.
According to the police report, the car was bought for £550,000 at a Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach in April – meaning it would be very expensive to replace.
And the car was reportedly unregistered and uninsured at the time of the accident.
Guarini claimed the car was insured under an umbrella policy and he simply didn’t have the documents on hand to turn over to the police when the accident happened.
However, he was reportedly slapped with a ticket for driving with a suspended license and also cautioned for driving an unregistered vehicle.
The driver claimed his driver’s license suspension was due to an unrelated “spelling error.”
Ford built around 4,000 GTs between 2004 and 2006 in homage to the legendary Ford GT40 race car that won a number of races at Le Mans in the 1960s.
The vehicle involved in the accident is believed to be one of the 346 rarer Heritage Edition vehicles.
It comes after a tycoon who sparked fury as he drove his Bugatti supercar at 259mph Dodged prison on a German Autobahn for lack of evidence.
Prosecutors closed the investigation after investigating Czech investment chief Radim Passer, 58, over an alleged illegal stunt shared online earlier this year.
Prosecutors had investigated whether a banned race had taken place with the millionaire’s £2 million vehicle on the A2 between Berlin and Hanover.
By law, they had to prove that the driver had moved “recklessly” through traffic in order to achieve the “highest possible speed”.
But Passer’s speed was believed to be less than 2 mph below the sports car’s limited top speed, which was set at 261 mph, because the vehicle’s tires could burst if it went faster.
Prosecutors also said the highway was nearly empty and noted good visibility and weather conditions.
They ruled that no one was endangered during the 4:50 a.m. stunt and Passer was not charged.
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