Remember the Bugatti Veyron that veered into a lake from a seemingly straight road? Yeah, well the driver recently pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire mail fraud in connection with the crash.
Andy House, 39, of Lufkin, Texas reportedly bought the 2006 Bugatti Veyron for $1 million then promptly had it insured for $2.2 million. Soon afterwards on November 11, 2009, House purposefully drove his supercar into the Gulf Bay. What’s more, House then left the quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 engine running in order to fill it with saltwater.
Veyron destruction accomplished; the Bugatti was a total loss.
Unbeknownst to House, another motorist was admiring his 1001-horsepower ride with his video camera rolling when House decided to turn his Bugatti in to a bag of cash. With the video evidence uploaded to the all-telling YouTube, the FBI’s investigation on House’s questionable insurance payout had plenty of evidence.
House now faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his scheme. A sentencing date has not been set, so House’s fate is still unknown, but it’s not looking good.
So remember, kids – insurance fraud is no joke.
Click past the jump to watch the entire cringe-worthy episode from 2009 and to hear someone confuse a Veyron with a Lambo...
Ever find yourself longing for a Bugatti Veyron but don’t have the $2 million in cash lying around to buy one? Well if you happened to have $300k in your pocket, then here’s a Veyron you could have had. This lovely, pre-owned Bugatti comes complete with beautiful two-tone, black and blue paint scheme with a spotless tan interior. With only 19,836 miles on the clock, there are plenty of fun-filled years left in this supercar’s carbon-fiber-filled chassis.
Of course, as with any pre-owned vehicle, there are a few nicks and bumps to be found – but overall, nothing major. It seems the previous owner accidentally left the racetrack, getting its undercarriage slightly soiled with mud and grass. The wonderful European mud continues along the front chin spoiler, around both sides of the car, and is partially evident at the rear air diffuser.
There appears to be a slight pit in the paint just beside the passenger side headlight and along the lower chin splitter on the driver’s side. Those will likely buff out, no problem.
It’s also recommended that a new set of tires be purchased for the Veyron, as it seems the previous owner left one back at the track. A full alignment is also recommended, as it appears the right rear control arm is aimed slightly off center.
Sadly for you, the bidding on this beautiful Bugatti has already ended with the winning bidder paying CHF253,900 ($277,418, as of 8/25/2014). Good thing the winning bidder didn’t let those slight imperfections get in his way of owning this wonderful coupe. Remember, it is powered by a reliable and efficient Volkswagen engine and comes standard with all-wheel-drive.
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Before his premature death four months ago, world famous fashion designer Bijan Pakzad was famous in a number of circles, including both the fashion and auto industry.
Speaking of the latter, the Iranian Pakzad boasted an impressive stable of exotic supercars that have captured the world’s attention for their striking black-and-yellow paint schemes.
Turns out, one of them - his now famous Bugatti Veyron - has been vandalized by some unruly idiot a few days ago. After his death, the Bijan Veyron remained parked in front of his store in Beverly Hills as a way for fans and consumers to admire the car. Unfortunately, one person took his admiration too far, shattering the glass window on the passenger side of the car. Even more amazing, the ridiculous act of vandalism happened in broad daylight, at least according to a source who to spoke to TMZ about it.
Further details behind the incident are being withheld by the police, but if you’re in the area, there’s a good chance to you might see the Bijan Veyron in the same spot it has occupied for a few months now, albeit with a lot of yellow tape wrapped around its perimeter.
Lord knows that prompted the perpetrator to damage such a car that’s owned by somebody who’s already dead, but whatever his intentions are, it’s something that shouldn’t go unpunished.
We know that it’s human nature to show off whatever kind of luxury vehicle you may have, but if the said ride is one Bugatti Veyron - you know, one of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world - we strongly urge anyone to exercise more caution before embarking on a dangerous stunt like this.
But alas, no matter how much money is paid for the car, there’s still no price for lack of better judgment. As this video will show, the owner of this Veyron felt the need to start hot-dogging his prized car, attempting to do a donut in front of a crowd. However, in doing so, he must have forgotten that there was a tire wall not too far away, bringing his showboating to an abrupt end when the rear of the Veyron bumped into the tire wall. Way to go, pal!
Now, the damage might not be that much considering he’s got the wad to pay for it, but we all know that maintenance and repairs for the Bugatti Veyron - however little they may be - don’t come cheap.
“Oh. My. God.”
If you listen carefully, you’re going to hear a woman utter these words after witnessing the driver of a Bugatti Veyron back into a Toyota on the street. The woman may have captured the whole episode with those three words, but no words can really explain the level of stupidity of how this driver ended up damaging a $1.6 million supercar.
If the crash wasn’t bad enough, the driver even manages to scrape the front of the supercar twice, once before the crash and another one after.
Apparently, the driver was on his way to test drive the car when the crash occurred. Turns out, not only did he get further than a block with it, but word has it that he ended up having to pay for the damage, which cost over $30,000.
This is probably the most expensive ‘test drive’ we’ve ever heard of.
The earlier report we had of the man who drove his Bugatti Veyron into a lagoon has been made a little clearer after a video was taken of the accident by a civilian who happened to be in the area when the ‘accidental dive’ took place.
Also, according to the Galveston Daily News, the identity of the man behind the wheel of the Veyron was one Andy Lee House, a man who, ironically, owns Performance Auto Sales, a shop that specializes in restoring exotic cars.
We can’t argue against the irony in this story, other than the fact that, contrary to previous reports, there were no pelicans in sight during the whole ordeal.
Suffice to say, it was just a case of a driver going too fast for his – and his cars – own good. Fortunately, he won’t have too much trouble looking for a place that can piece his Veyron back in tip-top shape.
If you suddenly faint, vomit, or have heart palpitations after seeing this video, then we won’t blame you.
That’s a lake right there in the photo and a car that happens to be submerged right smack in the middle. Care to venture a guess as to what car that is?
If you don’t know, then allow us to be the bearer of bad news. That’s a Bugatti Veyron - all $1.6 million dollars of it.
You’re probably wondering how the hell it ended up in the middle of the lake so lt us recount the story for you. The driver of the Veyron was cruising along Galveston, Texas and was talking on his phone when a pelican – of all things! – flew low enough to distract the driver, sending him swerving into the side of the road before his tire hit a mud patch and all the way into the middle of the lagoon.
From what we’ve gathered, the said Veyron is one of only 15 in the entire United States so you can imagine the dismay all of us are feeling right now. If it wasn’t enough that a 1000 horsepower supercar takes a dive into a lagoon, it just had to be a pelican that caused the whole thing.
The driver, of course, doesn’t escape blame too. How in God’s green earth can you be so reckless with a car that’s worth more than our entire bank accounts!
This incident happened at Zandvoort - a beach resort in the Netherlands and home to the Circuit Park racecourse. In most cases gravel pits are designed to stop F1-style cars, but now we know the heavier Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is no match for the sinking grit as well.
There are not much details on what actually happened, but it’s a safe bet that a whoever did it will pay a lot for the mistake, literally. Considering the car retails for $1.5 million, all the little dents and dings from the pebbles will quickly add up.
First Bugatti Veyron crash happened on May somewhere in UK, and now they get the silver medal too.
Details are scarce but it appears the driver lost control on a long curve in West Berkshire, UK. From the pictures it’s difficult to tell the extent of the damage or whether it’s repairable. Whatever the case, we will always get a tear when we see a another great supercar fall at the hands of gravity.
How will you feel if you have paid $1 million for a car, and you crashed it
just a few hours after you brought it. Well I am sure this doesn’t feel good. And this is not the case in here, I might say is even worst: two Bugatti Veyron prototypes crashed while testing.
The crash happend in Shepperton (UK), after the owner had apparently lost control while aquaplaning.