A Ferrari might be the last vehicle you'd want to be driving when streets are submerged in water, but Toronto lawyer Howard Levitt was unfortunate enough to be behind the wheel of his $200,000+ Ferrari California when the tunnel he was driving through started to fill up. It was July, when parts of the Canadian city were flooded, but he was determined to make his flight to a court appearance the next day. So Levitt abandoned his metallic blue supercar in the middle of the street and took a cab to the airport, the National Post reports.

The car subsequently was totaled, and the insurance company covered the damage, so after completing his court assignment (and a column for the Financial Post that was due the same day), Levitt began to search for a replacement for his California - driving his 1994 Dodge Viper in the meantime. He decided on a 2014 California in the same metallic blue to replace his 2010 model. When he approached Ferrari to put in an order, the Italian marque was waiting for him, having heard of his mishap. The company offered him a "very generous" deal on a 2014 model; an undisclosed amount less than the after-options retail price of around $300,000.

The new Ferrari is expected to be delivered to Levitt in November, and we can only hope another flood doesn't catch him off guard. We're not so sure Ferrari would offer him another "very generous" deal. Feel free to watch the short video below, despite its rather static nature, which we included to precisely show the sad fate of Levitt's fallen California.


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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having to resort to driving you're Viper? That's rough. It's about time this poor guy finally caught a break in life.
        J W
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        it's a '94, you can buy a brand new modestly equipped Altima for the same price. Heaven forbid someone works hard and buys the things they want in life.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Hey, using a Viper as a daily commuter is pretty bad. It's loud, really uncomfortable, and just hard enough to control to make you wonder if they thought about putting any refinement into it at all. I did it for a month until it stopped working.
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm Canadian. This is my empathy meter for this heartwarming story [_____________________________]
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      15 seconds wasted watching a video that just a picture could of done. Thanks.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      Insurance covered the loss. Im not sure why Ferrari felt like giving the guy a break. I certainly don't hear about Ferrari helping others owners out but maybe they do, probably trying to keep their clients from considering others when replacing their cars.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carnut0913
        [blocked]
          kuntknife
          • 1 Year Ago
          And based on that story of the guy in Toronto that ended up buying a McLaren instead of a Ferrari (and then Ferrari bullied him to take the story down), they treat you like sh!t until you are their customer :P.
        Scr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carnut0913
        Insurance would likely only cover the depreciated value...a sum much less than a new replacement vehicle. Ferarri did a solid to this guy. Way to go.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a jack-4ss blog post. I hate the rich.
      cpweinberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll take the flooded one.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Betcha' that car is already back on the street - on another note, good luck to ANYONE in Canada trying to sell a blue 2010 California in the future...lol "Is this a flood car?"
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 1 Year Ago
      And for us "poor" people we wind up having to still pay; and comparatively, we pay more to replace our losses. But still, would be nice to own a Ferrari.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog, you guys really dropped the ball trying to tell this dudes story.
      Jabbit
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was waiting for the point of this story....anybody?
      AntBee
      • 1 Year Ago
      $200,000 - $300,000 for a Ferrari California? I thought this was supposed to be the cheap Ferrari!
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AntBee
        I could see a 458 hitting 300k with every box ticked, but a Cali?
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about all the 458 Italia's which went up in flames? How did Ferrari handle cases where they were ACTUALLY responsible for the loss?
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