A garage attendant will surely be looking for a new job as he has made one monumental mistake at a garage in Italy. He managed to put a US$450,000 Ferrari 2012 599 GTO through the window of a shop just metres from the Hotel Exedra. Interestingly, it was at this hotel where the Dutch owner of the vehicle was waiting after having attended a Ferrari Owner’s Club meeting in Anzio, south of Rome. It is probably fair to say that whilst he was expecting the valet to deliver his car, he probably wasn’t expecting it to be delivered through the window.
The hapless parking attendant, thirty-eight year old Robert Cinti, was driving the vehicle (which has the ability to go from zero to 100kmph, or 62mph, in three seconds) to meet the owner when he mistakenly put his foot down on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake. He then lost control of the vehicle and crashed in to the front of the store, severely damaging the shop and all but destroying the vehicle itself.
Corriere della Sera reported that Mr Cinti blamed the vehicle’s semi-automatic transmission for the mistake. "I got confused – instead of the brake, I pressed down on the accelerator," he told the first policemen as they arrived at the scene of the accident.
Reports say that the man appeared to be in a state of shock and was taken to hospital for some treatment for light injuries. Unfortunately for all of those concerned, the car did not get off so lightly. The 2012 599 GTO is a limited edition vehicle which potential owners could not simply go down to their local Ferrari dealership to buy and drive away. They actually needed an invitation to purchase such an exclusive vehicle. Complete with a 671bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, the 599 cars of that model are the fastest road-going vehicles ever to see a public road.
The model in question once appeared on the all-things-car-related television show cum travelling circus Top Gear. Host Jeremey Clarkson, at the time, called the vehicle a “bastard” and was critical of its understeering. Mr Cinti may find an ally in Clarkson if he is lucky, but probably not.
Whilst Robert Cinti may be looking for a new job, the Dutch owner of the vehicle may have a bit more trouble in looking for a replacement vehicle. A simple case of mathematics would have us believe that there are now only 598 of that specific year and model still in existence. The owner’s identity has not been revealed at this stage and so it is not known how he reacted; we can only assume.
The incident is currently being investigate by an insurance company.