TAICHUNG, TAIWAN — Car enthusiasts around the world are weeping after watching this beautiful, expensive Lamborghini Murcielago get turned into a useless pile of scrap metal.
As reported by Focus Taiwan, a commercial pilot surnamed Lin illegally imported the the sports car and instead affixed a license plate from a different car to make it seem legit.
While out driving the car in the central city of Taichung back in 2013, the unfortunate man was stopped at a routine checkpoint. Cops discovered the license plate on the Lambo was for a Ford sedan and impounded the vehicle straightaway.
Lin has been filing appeal after appeal since 2014 to get the car released, to no avail.
Even on the day it was demolished, a friend of the owner’s tried to save the car, which was according to Focus Taiwan was valued at NT$10 million or around $315,000.
In Taiwan an import tariff of 60 percent to 70 percent of a car’s estimated value is imposed on imported luxury cars.
Sadly, Taiwanese authorities went ahead and destroyed the Murcielago anyway.
Unlike the fighting bull it was named after, which survived 24 sword strokes, it only took one stroke to permanently incapacitate this car.
The owner most likely did not obtain proper registration for the car, as a Lamborghini Murcielago would not pass inspection in Taiwan due to its emissions and noise.
The car was not sold by Lamborghini Taiwan, but rather was likely imported privately or by an unaffiliated dealer.