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Florida Man Watches His Ferrari Get Destroyed

This Roma fell down an elevator shaft


Would it be inaccurate to say Ferrari is the world’s most desired car? Sure, maybe you had a Lamborghini on your wall as a kid, but Ferrari is the marque to which all cars are compared for countless folks around the world. When they say, “Racing improves the breed,” they are thinking of Ferrari.

So, does it pain your itty-bitty heart to see this sort of destruction? Like watching someone’s leg break or Lena Dunham show some skin, ya gotta wince and turn away. Once the blisters on your eyes subside, read on for the story.

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Image courtesy of Amalgam Collection photos

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the owner of a certain Ferrari Roma had his/her vehicle at a Florida dealership. While using the car elevator, there was a malfunction that resulted in this Ferrari Roma hanging and, subsequently, falling into the shaft. In fact, it was quite a harrowing experience as the owner was taking his/her car up to the third floor when, upon entering the parking garage, the elevator gave way, giving the owner just enough time to escape from the vehicle.

The Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 10 and Special Operations units’ initial response was to mitigate a fuel leak by installing portable standpipes and cutting the power to the business. Once those were secure, the crews worked with a towing company’s rotator wrecker (think of a tow truck for a tractor-trailer with a crane-like arm that can rotate 360 degrees) to hoist the Ferrari and bring it to terra ferma. All told, the whole operation took four hours.

Luckily, there were no injuries aside of, perhaps, some egos and feelings.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. Wow, what a devastating sight to see a beautiful Ferrari Roma fall into an elevator shaft. The owner must have been horrified in that moment. It’s a good thing that the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was quick to respond and secure the fuel leak, ensuring everyone’s safety. The operation to hoist the Ferrari back up was a success, but the emotional toll must have been great for the owner. This is a reminder to always be cautious and aware when using elevators or any machinery.


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