Employees of an exotic dealership saw a nightmare unfold before their eyes when the car’s elevator broke down, causing extensive damage to a Ferrari Roma. Although the consequences seem costly, it could have been much worse as the Italian sports car started to lose fuel. Firefighters from the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Department arrived on the scene and their first task was to turn off the power to the building to prevent a potential fire.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at Ferrari’s Palm Beach when the car’s lift malfunctioned as the dealership moved the Roma, an Italian sports coupe priced at nearly $250,000 before options. In order to reduce the risk of fire, PBCFR installed a system of portable fire hydrants on the first and third floors of the building in order to have a constant supply of water in the event of fuel ignition.
To extract the helpless Ferrari left hanging in the elevator shaft, a towing company brought in its tow truck rotator. These specialized vehicles have a crane-like arm that can rotate 360 degrees and, in this case, a 45-foot (14-meter) extension. According to PBCFR, multiple 50,000-pound winches were used to rescue the distressed Italian stallion.
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The Roma was successfully extracted from the elevator shaft in a difficult process that took no less than four hours. While the Ferrari has certainly seen better days, what matters most is that no injuries have been reported. PBCFR and the towing company were able to clear the area without further damage to the front-engine sports car, building, or other vehicles.
It is unclear what caused the car lift to malfunction. The silver Ferrari with a red interior appears to be in pretty rough shape and we don’t necessarily expect to see the Prancing Horse on the road anytime soon.