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Luxury Audi and Porsche cars worth millions lost at sea when cargo ship capsizes

Mirror logo Mirror 21/3/2019 Kelly-Ann Mills

Luxury Audi and Porsche cars worth millions lost at sea when cargo ship capsizes © Mirror Luxury Audi and Porsche cars worth millions lost at sea when cargo ship capsizes Millions of pounds worth of luxury sports cars have sunk off the coast of France after an Italian cargo ship capsized.

The Grande America caught fire and sunk with 27 people on board who all managed to escape and were rescued by the British Navy.

But the fate of 37 Porsches - worth a total of £8.1m - only came to light when the cars owners were told their vehicles were not on their way.

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The 37 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, worth more than £220,000 each, were among 2,000 cars on board including Audi A3s, A5s, Q7s, RS4s, and the RS5s which were heading to customers in Brazil.

In a letter sent to customers and published by car news website Carscoops, the German manufacturer revealed the accident.

It said: "We are sorry to inform you that, due to a fire, a Grimaldi group ship, that was transporting your vehicle, sank on March 12, 2019.

"And for that reason, your GT2 RS can not be delivered.”

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The letters were a kick in the teeth for the buyers who had exclusively purchased the cars knowing Porsche had put the GT2 RS out of production.

But with their misfortune comes good news for motor lovers – as the company has now revealed it will resume manufacturing the model.

The GT2 RS remains the most powerful 911 model ever and can reach 0-60 in a staggering 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 211 mph.

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