Driver totals $454k Ferrari 430 an hour after picking it up
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A £260,000 ($454,000) Ferrari was reduced to smouldering ruins just an hour after it was bought.
Pictures show the remains of a jet black Ferrari 430 Scuderia after it crashed off the side of a motorway and transformed into a fireball.
Police said the driver left the road in wet conditions and slid 50 metres across a field before the supercar burst into flames near Barnsley, South Yorks.
At the scene, the driver, who managed to escape with just cuts and bruises, said: "It was a Ferrari" with "a hint of damaged pride," police revealed.
Officers posted two pictures of the wreckage, beside the M1 near Barnsley, on Facebook.
Police found the slightly injured driver near the burning wreckage. Photo / SYP Operational Support
South Yorkshire Police Operational Support wrote: "Afternoon folks, were you stuck in traffic this afternoon on the M1 south around junction 37? If so, here's why.
"Officers were deployed to a single vehicle collision with reports that the vehicle had left the carriageway and burst in to flames.
"Road conditions were wet at the time and as officers arrived on scene it became clear there was a vehicle well alight.
"Colleagues from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue were in attendance squirting water all over some kind of sporty motor some 50 or so metres down a banking.
"As we are an inquisitive bunch, we found the driver and were amazed to see he only had minor cuts and bruises!"
What a Ferrari 430 Scuderia should look like. Photo / Ferrari.com
"The serious part of this post: Over the past couple of weeks there has been a number of collisions where driving styles have not reflected the road & weather conditions - please take more care."
They updated their post a while later to say that excess speed did not appear to have contributed to the crash. The reason why the driver lost control remains a very expensive mystery for the time being.
"Update: Following on from speaking to a number of witnesses officers do not believe excess speed was a contributory factor in this collision. All the collision investigators on Facebook, take note"