Totaled Ferrari Dino Sells at Contemporary Art Exhibition for $250,000

Have you ever looked at a wrecked car and thought it looked like a work of art? Well, if you answered yes, you’re not alone as some people apparently appreciate the aesthetics of a totaled car. French artist Bertrand Lavier wrote off a Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 and saw in the wreck a work of art. It’s important to say that the artist didn’t intervene on the car (other than crashing it), with the red Dino being a combination of Bertone’s design, Maranello’s craftsmanship and the forces of physics. Lavier was simply stunned by the beauty of the wrecked car, which is part of the so-called “ready-made” art movement that considers some common objects as art. At this year’s edition of the FIAC, an international exhibition of contemporary art that takes place each year in Paris, the Ferrari was one of the strangest objects on sale. The Dino was sold by the Yvon Lambert art dealer for $250,000 (€181,185) to an unidentified Turkish collector. It remains a mystery to me why anyone would spend so much money on a totaled Ferrari, when a good Ferrari Dino GT4 can be found for about €30,000 ($41,400) in European classifieds – you can drive it and then wreck it… The Bertone-designed Dino 308 GT4 was powered by a 3.0-liter V8 engine developing 252 horsepower (255 PS). The mid-engined 2+2 coupe was called Dino to differentiate it from Pininfarina-designed Ferrari V12 models. However, at the public’s request, the Dino name was replaced with Ferrari at the end of 1976. Ferrari produced around 2,800 units between 1973 and 1980. By Dan Mihalascu Story References: Bloomberg