If you've spent a lot of money on a car, one of the last things you want to do is have it confiscated by police. The absolute last thing you want to happen is have the police confiscate your pride and joy and proceed to have it crushed - which is what happened to a £200,000 Ferrari Spider owned by Birmingham millionaire Zahid Khan.
Khan had his car confiscated last April, after police stopped him under suspicion that the car was actually stolen. Khan said he bought it at auction from a middle man, with the intention of "doing it up as a hobby". As such he claims to have spent a lot of time and money on the car, but after being stopped he was arrested while police confiscated the car, asking that he prove he was the legal owner of it and all the parts inside.
Khan claimed all the new parts were official Ferrari parts and had been fitted at an approved Ferrari garage, though police say that the car was official an unroadworthy category B vehicle - which is how insurance companies refer to to vehicles that are a write off. Because of that police say the shell had to be destroyed, which is why the car was crushed. What's more it's alleged that the car was also uninsured.
After a year Khan was able to get police to release a video of the car's destruction, which you can watch below:
Khan had been fighting to get the car back, but turned up to court one morning to find that it had already been destroyed. He insists that police unlawfully destroyed the car, and has enlisted the help of a solicitor who has informed West Midlands Police of his intention to sue. [Birmingham Mail]