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18/10/2013 08:15 | By CJ Hubbard, contributor, MSN Cars

Uninsured Lamborghini sold by police for £218k

Metropolitan Police auction off uninsured Lamborghini Aventador after owner amazingly fails to claim the car


Police sell seized uninsured Lamborghini Aventador at auction for £218k (© MET Police / Twitter)
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We’ve all seen the stories – the police are cracking down on uninsured drivers, and have even seized a few high profile supercars flouting the law to put on display as a warning to other motorists. But what, if anything, happens next?

Well, that question was answered yesterday, when the Metropolitan Police auctioned off an uninsured Lamborghini Aventador for £218,000.

It’s actually not the money that’s most interesting here – all the police can pocket are the funds to cover their costs, the rest presumably goes to the auction house and the Treasury. What’s really interesting is how quickly this has all happened.

The supercar went from capture to auction in just 15 days

The orange Aventador in question was seized as part of Operation Cubo at the beginning of the month – it was pictured on the Met’s Twitter feed on 2 October – after initially being stopped in Newham, London for having no front number plate.

It then turned out the man driving the car was neither insured, nor its owner. The Lamborghini was towed – or rather trailered, there’s video on YouTube if you must – leaving the real owner seven days to come up with the correct documents.

Whether this happened is unclear at this stage, but Met rules state that once documentation has been shown the owner is given another seven days to recover the vehicle.

Clearly this didn’t happen, as the car was listed and sold by Manheim Auctions in Colchester on 17 October. Which means the supercar went from capture to auction transfer in just 15 days.

Given the Aventador’s list price is closer to £300k, we’re sure the new buyer is very happy. The original owner, probably not so much. Let this be a warning to us all – the police are very, very serious about tackling uninsured drivers.

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