Owning a luxury car is a sure fire way to flaunt your wealth. It’s a tried and true method to make sure everybody knows that you’re not eating ramen noodles for dinner anymore. However, several of the super-rich in Dubai have taken this display of wealth to a whole new level by leaving their super cars for dead. See for yourself and be dumbfounded as to how something like this can happen, not once but countless times.
Here’s why. While the UAE is a very westernized country for being in the Middle East, Sharia law is still observed by the public and enforced by the government. Under Sharia law, non-payment of debt is a criminal offense. The UAE has no bankruptcy laws, therefore there is no protection for those who fall into debt. In the past, there have been cases of foreigners being prevented from leaving the UAE after being blacklisted for missing a credit card payment or bouncing a check. But when the global recession occurred, the authorities could have never imagined this – a supercar graveyard. Over 3,000 cars were discovered in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. People continue to take out big loans to finance flashy cars to fit in with their peers, but when things slow down and they can’t make a payment? It’s either prison time or peace signs.
Here are just some of the examples of incredible cars left to the elements in the middle of the desert. If you’re a car lover, turn back now.
1. Lamborghini Diablo
Retail Price: $239,000.00
The Lamborghini Diablo is a mid-engined high performance work of art manufactured by the Italian automaker Lamborghini. Following the Lamborghini tradition of naming its cars with breeds of fighting bull, the Diablo got its named from a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century. Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, says that the Diablo was designed for one purpose, “to be the biggest head-turner in the world.” The Diablo was the first Lamborghini model capable of reaching 200 mph. Production ran from 1990 – 2001 until it was replaced by the Lamborghini Murcilago. Apparently the owner of this sports car thought it’d be better suited as a statement piece for his goats. Personally, I think they’d prefer having more friends, say the 2,390 you could have bought with the money wasted on this car!