Philippines Customs Confiscate Illegally Imported McLaren MP4-12C

Working as a customs officer, one intercepts a huge variety of goods that would have otherwise illegally made their way into the country. However, aside from drugs, bombs and various common items of contraband, apparently exclusive cars are also a target for shady entrepreneurs.

For instance, in the Philippines, McLaren isn’t currently officially present, and it is therefore impossible to simply go out and buy a MP4-12C supercar, if you are inclined to do so.

Still, if you have the money (and connections), you begin to scour the grey market for special vehicles, which you then bring into the country – you do this at your own risk, though.

If your name is Ruffy Biazon, and you are a commissioner in the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs, then the above paragraph will probably make sense. If not, let us elaborate.

Mr. Biazon, announced on his very own Facebook page that he had recently come across an orange McLaren MP4-12C, which had been illegally smuggled into the country, using fake papers. The car was confiscated, and Mr. Biazon kindly posted a photo of himself, with the British supercar in the background.

Strangely, he reported that the car costs P45-million (Philippine Peso), which roughly equates to €854,000 or $1.1-million. An actual 12C, even with all of the optional extras and a hefty levy should cost less than half of that, so Mr. Biazon, is probably not a car guy, and when he heard the name McLaren, it may have conjured up images of the older and much more expensive F1.

By Andrei Nedelea

Story References: TG Philippines Photo Credits: Ruffy Biazon / Facebook

Thanks to Leopaul D. for the heads up!

PHOTO GALLERY

Confiscated-McLaren-2

New Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Demonstrates Its Dazzling Pace

The new 911 Carrera S Cabriolet hit top speed on the Autobahn and posted an amazing 0-100km/h time.

2019 Volvo S60 T5 Might Be All-New, But It Fails To Impress

Consumer Reports paid $47k for their new S60, but Volvo’s sports sedan did not win them over.

Rare Yamaha OX99-11 Is The F1-Powered Supercar You (Probably) Didn’t Know Existed

Before the Mercedes-AMG One, there was the ultra-rare Yamaha OX99-11.

Does The Electric Taycan Feel Like A Real Porsche?

Customer deliveries of the Porsche Taycan will kick off next year.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Is A Bolt EV Wrapped As A Crossover

These are the first spy shots of the Chevrolet Bolt EV-based crossover that could be called Bolt EUV.

New Chevrolet TrailBlazer Mule Spied Again As Rumors Suggest Possible Return To USA

Chevrolet could be working on a new body-on-frame TrailBlazer and it come land stateside.

These Two Low-Mileage Honda NSX Type Rs Are A Japanese Dream

The low mileage on these Honda NSXs mean they are far from cheap.

Dashcam Shows Camaro Brake Checking Tesla Before Crash

The cameras of the Tesla sedan captured the dangerous driving of the Chevrolet Camaro.

Facelifted Opel Astra Sports Tourer Makes A Predictable First Appearance

The refreshed Opel Astra Sports Tourer compact wagon will get the same updates as the five-door hatchback .

Ferrari’s Hybrid Supercar Will Feature Three Electric Motors On Top Of The Biturbo V8

A 0-62mph in 2.0 seconds is also rumored, along with a €600,000 starting price.