Grey Market McLaren MP4-12C Confiscated by Philippines Customs
The streets of Philippines have recently been deprived of having the pleasure to welcome an example of the British supercar, with the vehicle being spotted and confiscated by the Bureau of Customs.
Ruffy Biazon, a commissioner of the aforementioned authority has recently used his Facebook page to show that the officials have taken an MP4-12C into custody, expalining that the vehicle was being brought into the country using fake papers.
The comissioner didn’t offer any details about the nature of the fraud or the intended destination of the Mac, only explaining that this has been evaluated at P45 million.
If you convert the aforementioned value you’ll end up with unexplainable figures: $1.1 million or €855,000. McLaren isn’t present in Philippines, but using an estimate pricing for an MP4-12C and adding the necessary taxes, which double the price, brings the vehicle to a real value of about P19 million.
A member of our guest editor team, Lou Cheeka, has his own, rather twisted ways of trying to explain what happened:
Maybe the Philippines Customs office made its own rules when estimating the value of the MP4-12C - they must’ve also included the $1.3M (€1M) tag of the McLaren P1 in the equation...
Or perhaps they seized the car because they knew that the 2012 model year doesn’t come with a lift system, an improper setup for their roads.
Via: Top Gear Philippines