The Mille Miglia was once one of Europe’s premiere sports car racing events, but eventually it got too dangerous and was canceled. Decades later, the race was converted into a historic rally without as much real motorsport competition, and it’s now an event which lets wealthy owners stretch the legs of their classics in the Italian countryside.
However, the cars are still running on public roads, and that can be dangerous. Just look at this calamity suffered by Konstantin Sixt, heir to the Sixt rental car company, when his Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe with its famous gullwing doors hit a BMW 1 Series. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries reported.
– Greg Kable (@GregKable) May 18, 2014
The Gullwing is worth in the neighborhood of $1 million, if recent sales are any indication, and it appears to have been badly damaged in the accident. Of course, with a car of this worth, there’s little doubt it will live to see another day, and possibly another Mille if the owner remains unswayed. Scroll down watch a brief video for a better look at this German classic’s current, thoroughly wrinkled condition.