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What you’re about to read is a cautionary tale about why you should never leave your car parked in close proximity to a canal. Because, on the off chance that something like, let’s just say a delivery van, backs up into it, you’re looking at that car going on an impromptu swimming session. Which is not an ideal situation to be in at all.

The sad story that I’m alluding to happened in North London on October 3, when a delivery van backed up into a replica Porsche 356 Speedster outside of an AutoVero luxury car dealership and pushed it right into the water.

Per Daily Mail:

Watching the efforts to try and recover the two-seater soft top from Wenlock Basin, AutoVero’s owner and director Kalvin Cauldwell said: “It could have been much worse.”

Mr Cauldwell said that despite the odd joke from passers-by including one wit saying “I bet it will get a ticket soon,” he was glad there were no serious injuries.

A “smashing noise” alerted him that something was wrong on Wednesday at about noon. It seems a delivery driver somehow made contact with the car which was in a car park at the back of the building, according to Mr Cauldwell.

He said: “It (the car) was knocked into the canal.”

“It is an item of stock. It is now in the canal with lots of people scratching their heads thinking ‘how are they going to get that out?'”

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The Porsche replica happened to be a 2004 Chesil worth around $30,000 according to the dealership’s owner, who is hoping to collect on the insurance money.

As The Sun pointed out, “It is not yet known why the van driver reversed into the car, but it is believed to have been an accident.”


Accident or not, I’m guessing that whoever that van driver is will probably want to lay low for a while.

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