• Aug 14th 2008 at 8:58AM
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When buying a used car, no matter what kind, a major crash is usually a big deterrent. In this case, however, it was its claim to fame. Try though you surely have to forget, you'll likely recall actor/comedian Eddie Griffin's lamentable crash of a Ferrari Enzo into a concrete barrier while promoting his then-new movie Redline. Most figured the exotic was a write off – or an accounted-for marketing expense, as some contend – but it has been given a new lease on life thanks to Matt Groner.

The Texas broker deals in wrecked luxury and sportscars, and usually sells them as is. With the Redline Enzo, however, Groner decided to put in the effort to restore the vehicle. Since the Enzo's chassis is composed of separate carbon fiber sections bolted to the center tub, Groner had simply to call up the factory and order the replacement parts. Well, not so simply, as it turns out, because the parts cost $300k and took months to arrive. But the restoration has been completed, and the car is up for sale for a $1.3 million sum that's sure to cause as much whiplash as Griffin's crash did in the first place.

Head on over to Jalopnik for more information, including photos (before and after), a first-hand account from the restorer and a video news segment detailing the saga. For our part, we'll be lobbying Hollywood to include "no exotics were harmed in the making of this film" disclaimers in the credits.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      robert russell
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey you guys are missing the boat this car is only a statis thing look at me I can have a farrari. Ok I saw this when this moron hit the wall what an idiot. Not only that who in there right mind would buy a car that is four whells on the ground (dumb). An over paid athlet or a moron actor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this now a rebuild title?
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow... 1,3million bucks for a totaled Ferrari?
      For that price i would buy a Lambo and a Carrera GT or a another exotic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW...............that's 30 new Corvettes, this guy is
      a genius ! Corvette is 90 % of performance of Ezno
      and lasts 2X longer and is more comfortable to drive.
      Power to the People................430 HP Corvette that
      is !
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wrecked or not, that is one UGLY Ferrari. The majority of Ferraris built since Enzo passed have been very unattractive. And, since someone brought them up, Corvette hasn't had an original design thought the sixties. They've been nothing but lame looking since the 80's. The only people who drive newer Corvettes are grey haired old men who have insecurities in certain areas.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A wrecked car is a wrecked car!
      Not necessarily. It depents how the car is built. A unibody could never be hammered back into spec, but if it's skin hung on a frame, and the "big parts" were okay...

      And if somebody's quioting an insurance agent when they say, "it's totalled," they just mean the repair cost probably exceeds the value of the vehicle. Kind of waters down the meaning for those of us who use it to mean "useable for parts donor or conversation piece only." Anybody want to suggest a new term?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, I've got a new term; Turd. Since a lot of wrecks end up in people's front yards, call 'em Turds. Just as in the saying, "If you're going to be a turd, go lay in the front yard".
      • 7 Years Ago
      A wrecked car is a wrecked car! I would no sooner buy a crashed Ferrari than I would a crashed Mustang, I don't care who the A-Hole was that did it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It should be "you'll likely recall horrible actor/not as funny comedian."
      • 7 Years Ago
      One of the many upsides of owning a supercar - even after it's been rebuilt, you can sell it for more than MSRP.
      • 7 Years Ago
      'Understeer Brother'
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Corvette is a piece of crap. I'd rather have a totalled OLD Ferrari than a new corvette. You are comparing apples and lemons. I've owned both and there's no comparison. That Ferrari only costs 600K new (only). It was totalled because parts and labor pushed really close to that figure. The insurance company is only on the hook for what the owner paid. The guys who get on a waiting list for 3 years and put down a big deposit and wait for their Ferrari pay no where near the million three price!
        • 7 Years Ago
        You must have gone out of your way to buy a crappy Vette. Your opinion is certainly in the minority. I'v known a lot of Corvette owners and they all loved their cars. The ferrari on the other hand is like a very beautiful, high maintenance woman. Nice to look at but you certainly wouldn't want to own one. $20+ grand for a brake job? I don't think so.
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