Watch And Cringe As Philippines Crushes Rare BMW Z1, Renault 5 Turbo, Maserati And More

You might want to look away if you’re a car enthusiast, as the Philippine government crushed more than a dozen luxury, sports and classic vehicles, including a BMW Z1, Porsche 911 GT3, Mercedes SL55AMG and G-Class, Renault 5 Turbo, Opel Manta, and Maserati Quattroporte.

The cringe worthy scene that took place at Port Irene on Wednesday is part of the country’s aggressive public campaign to deter illegal vehicle imports, and follows the destruction of $1.2 million worth of smuggled cars at the Bureau of Customs in Manilla in February.

Overseen by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and captured on public TV, a bulldozer and a backhoe destroyed 14 cars in total, with the government estimating their worth at P27.2 million, or about $525,000 / €425,000 at today’s rates.

“We reaffirm our commitment to build a country free from the shackles of corruption,” said Duterte during the televised event. “This condemnation of these smuggled vehicles demonstrates our firm stand to put an end to a longstanding societal disease that has eroded public trust and tainted the government’s sincerity to deliver equitable social services.”

These 14 cars are just the beginning, as the administration plans to destroy another 841 smuggled vehicles (and some motorcycles), including Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Porsches, impounded in Port Irene.

According to local reports, these cars were deliberately abandoned at the port without paying customs duties so that an importer could repurchase them at a lower price from government auctions. However, in 2013, the Bureau of Customs stopped the process with a court ruling that made this kind of importation scheme illegal.

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  • Stupid destruction. What they should have done is to put these cars up for international auction…the car collectors would be happy and so would the Phillipines Treasury Department, to fund programs for the poor there…

  • robotlogic

    Amazingly stupid! They could of just sold these cars to an exporter and used the money to feed the poor or improve their educational system. You already hurt the smugglers when you took the cars away, crushing them accomplishes nothing!

    • Moveon Libtards

      Spoken like an idiot colonialist that doesnt get it and never has lived in the Phillipines.

      The people have more important things to worry about, like not being murdered, Islamic terrorism, and rampant drug dealers, than a few pieces of metal that should never have been brought into their country in the first place.

  • Jason Panamera

    I’m curious what car Duterte has.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Love Duterte! Finally some hope to clean up the horribly corrupt Phillipines!

    • Christian

      Wasn’t his name on the Panama list leak thing? …. Sure he is clean, sure…..

  • Plutonium

    Every nation does this. Finland used to have 150% customs and taxes on vehicles. Except if it was certain weight limit. So people would import older American big station wagons and register them as trucks, but they had to remove rear seats and install plywood over the area. Speed limit was 50mph and they’d had have 80km sticker on a tailgate. Some people would still install seats in them. One owner, 1989 Oldsmobile sw, got caught with seats and he was fined tax avoidance and illegal modifications over $50,000 euros.

    • Yeah it’s nothing new I know, like how US NTHSA hunt Skylines, Minis, Defenders and G Classes and destroy them.

  • AARRRGHHHH MANTA GT/E. There is only exactly 92 on the road in UK. And one is meeting a foolish death in Philippines.

  • Christian


  • Moveon Libtards


    And it wasnt just for “illegal imports”…Connected to drug dealers. Too bad.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Crush them Duterte! Love it!

  • lousydead

    why god, why

  • Maricaibo


  • lousydead

    Philippines is a fcked up place. Duterte encouraging vigilante murder, and now this?

  • Tumbi Mtika



    SMH……what a waste. I’ve seen similar here in the states as well.

  • Christian Wimmer

    So a corrupt government destroys cars which other corrupt people illegally imported? If it weren’t so tragic (for the cars and us car enthusiasts) it would be funny.

  • Bo Hanan

    (In a very calm voice) “I think we should kill him… tonight.”

  • Pedro Pereira

    Ouch. That will not buff out.

  • datCubanguy

    Duterte is not just happy seen blood running in the streets,He likes to see oil,trans fluid and gl5 running dripping around the pavement.Ya think he nuts over it at night?

  • lapirk

    i just shed a tear after a long gap of few days…

  • Vassilis

    This is sad. Also, Manta GT/E!

  • SteersUright

    Maybe this is the only way to govern in some parts of the world…I cant pretend to know.

  • Matt Johnson

    That totally sucks.

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