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Quantitative Looting - We're Going To Need A Bigger Forklift

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Following the first quantitative revolutions (of the variety inspired by quantitative easing) in history, we now have the first images of what quantitative looting looks like. If this is any indication of what to expect the next time Waddell and Reeds sells a few extra contracts, we are going to need much bigger forklifts.

From the Daily Mail:

While most looters resort to taking home whatever they can carry in their arms, these Tunisian thieves employed a slightly more enterprising approach… using a forklift truck.

They used the industrial vehicle to pick up one of ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's Ferraris from its parking space and then simply drove off with the supercar dangling from the forks.

One looter riding in the JCB was seen grinning as he sped along a highway in the capital Tunis with the 599 GBB Fiorano, which cost £125,000 when new four years ago.

Leila Trabelsi. the former president's wife, was known for her love of fast cars - the family had more than 50 - and widely despised as the ultimate symbol of corruption and excess.

Dubbed ‘the Imelda Marcos of the Arab world’ the former hairdresser,  53, was also known for her luxury homes and frequent shopping trips to Dubai, during which she is said to have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Easy picking: A looter in a JCB forklift truck drives off with a Ferrari belonging to Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

Easy picking: A looter in a JCB forklift truck drives off with a Ferrari belonging to Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

Thumbs up: Thieves in the truck;s cab show their delight at taking the valuable supercar

Thumbs up: Thieves in the truck's cab show their delight at taking the supercar in Tunisian capital Tunis


Finders, keepers: The thieves thought nothing of driving down the road with the Ferrari in broad daylight

Finders, keepers: The thieves thought nothing of driving down the road with the Ferrari in broad daylight

h/t John Milton


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Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:19 | 914855 trav7777
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Ferraris, bitchez!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:26 | 914883 NOTW777
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looks like a bentley

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:48 | 915063 bonddude
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Shit that IS a Bentley.

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Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:32 | 915166 trav7777
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nah, that ain't no bent...599 all the way; gorgeous car

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 13:24 | 916156 bonddude
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Guess I don't own one

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 06:24 | 915702 spdrdr
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599 GTB, you peasants.

Criminal behaviour......


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:39 | 915045 ReeferMac
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LOL! I'd un-junk you if I could...

Far better than the more ubiquitos  "Bitchez" you hear all the time.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 08:55 | 915755 whatz that smell
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don't touch his junk, mac.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 01:00 | 915508 Freddie
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Hopefully the day is coming when the gallows are set up here for prop traders, hedge fund managers, the Fed, banksters, The JP Morgue, The Goldman Sack, The Ben Bernank, The Czars and other traitorous scum.  Hang a few racks of HFT servers too.  

Get my JCB loader so I can pick out my 458 Italia.  Gold, silver, and brass bitchez!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:19 | 914856 Jendrzejczyk
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Fucking fantastic!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:19 | 914858 DisparityFlux
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... and it still has its rims.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:21 | 914866 Ruth
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Drop it like it's hot!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:49 | 915065 Howard_Beale
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Damn good to see you Ruth!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:19 | 915252 hangemhigh
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pump up the jam......old timers back in the mix.... ruth/HB

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 14:27 | 916309 Ruth
Sat, 01/29/2011 - 14:19 | 916289 Ruth
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Always great to see you too Howard!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:22 | 914868 Goldenballs
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Just got to find the cash for the petrfol to drive it.How many Gold bars were lurking in the boot ?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:23 | 914870 Atch Logan
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Bring it on.  America needs some of this. 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:05 | 914980 gorillaonyourback
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yes we do

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:21 | 915256 dogbreath
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wrong  too many guns around

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:25 | 914878 gwar5
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Nice car. But can you eat it? And the forklift is worth more!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:29 | 914896 cadejludwig
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You cant eat cars silly, or gold... Only Apple and Netflix shares

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:55 | 914957 Pool Shark
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You forgot Treasury Notes.

They're particularly tasty with A1 (rated) steak sauce on them.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:36 | 914909 Freddie
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I bet that car is fu*ked now.  Ferraris are not designed to be carried on forklifts by looters. 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:04 | 914978 gorillaonyourback
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who is the real looters you dumbass ignorant fuck

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:22 | 915144 Marge N Call
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Gorilla, I like the way you think. Too bad most people are too dumb to understand you.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 01:16 | 915531 Freddie
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I agree.  The corrupt President who "owned" the car is the real looter. However these dumb f*cks are going to destroy something built by craftsmen. 



Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:26 | 914882 The Navigator
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What kind of car does the Bernank drive?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:39 | 914913 Cash_is_Trash
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He's driven in a bulletproof Cadillac.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:15 | 914999 Hedge Jobs
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Yeah, but they are not forklift proof

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:48 | 915062 10kby2k
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bernank never passed the drivers test--he doesn't drive

he also has never done a full push up w/o the assistance of his knees

nor has his voice ever altered from monotone

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:53 | 915209 Bill Lumbergh
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Aside from the chopper not certain but we may soon find out.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:28 | 914889 Logans_Run
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I can hardly wait for this to hit Newport Beach! There are so many friggin Ferraris, Bentleys and other exotics around here.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:34 | 914905 Pool Shark
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You want respect?

Drive a clunker down Jamboree on your way to PCH at rush hour: the Aston martins, Bentleys, BMW's, Mercedes, and Ferraris part like the Red Sea...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:45 | 914912 Rainman
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....many top rides bought with bulging HELOCS in the day. Or leased. Crib might be gone but, hey, it's all bout lookin good in the hood. Tip: fire sales everywhere on the exotics in SoCal.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:15 | 915000 Absinthe Minded
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You can sleep in your Ferrari, but you can't drive your house!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:26 | 915028 Rainman
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An Army division of young unemployed Red Bull gurgling mortgage brokers agree !!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:23 | 915261 hangemhigh
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newport....that's my way old hunting's for nothing and your lifts for free....... 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 23:32 | 915366 NOTW777
Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:30 | 914899 qikbucks
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I am sure he has been contacted by a north Korean buyer by now... that's what I call an extra pair of hands

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:34 | 914903 Ruth
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I'll raise ya a Ferrari!

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 02:49 | 915636 hidingfromhelis
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Two forks trumps that.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:36 | 914906 dryam
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I wonder how long it will take to see a similar scene with someone hauling off a car like mine, a Honda Fit?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:47 | 914927 PigsOnTheWing
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DX or LX?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:53 | 914947 Cheesy Bastard
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Me and a couple of buddies will just pick it up and throw it in the back of my Tahoe.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:52 | 914943 cxl9
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I wonder if the insurance will pay out. Is that covered as theft under a standard comprehensive policy? Or does it fall under "civil unrest" and therefore may not be covered?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:15 | 915126 Id fight Gandhi
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Insurance are thieves to begin with. They profit because they don't pay out when you need them.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:15 | 915127 snowball777
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He'd have to return to Tunisia to collect. That ain't hapennin'

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:52 | 914944 steve from virginia
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Forklift is worth more than the car.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:55 | 914956 cxl9
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Well, yes. But the forklift can be used to acquire many cars which in aggregate will be worth considerably more than the forklift. Plus, he may have rented that forklift in his name and is responsible for returning it.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:32 | 915159 UGrev
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10 worthless fiat dollars says he lifted the lift so he could five finger the Ferarri. I would have! :)


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:53 | 914948 cheesewizz
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First dibs on Lloyd Blankfein apartment...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:54 | 914951 EvlTheCat
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I guess when you don't have helicopters a forklift is the next best thing!!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:57 | 914961 papaswamp
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Oh he is just putting it somewhere safe....

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:00 | 914967 Timmay
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Ferrari F599 Fiorano. Beautiful car. Passenger side door might need a little work upon arrival.....

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:09 | 914991 PigsOnTheWing
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"It's just a few minor scratches, chief. They'll buff right out."

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:15 | 915001 Rainman
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....looks like a cushion dolly against the door. Hope it's a big cushion for the sake of that nice ride. Mindless destruction of beauty and value disturbs me, regardless of owner.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:12 | 915121 Id fight Gandhi
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Only body damage. They probably need to chop it to fence it.

Cars are usually worth 3x more the sum of their parts. Just scratch out the vin

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:17 | 915131 snowball777
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Beauty and value in the hands of corrupt dictators disturbs me more.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:32 | 915167 Lord Koos
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Then you probably won't want to watch the video of the trashed mansions.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:01 | 914969 oddjob
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In the industry its referred to as a Loadall.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:07 | 914986 MachoMan
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I mean...  I would leave my ferrari behind for a few tons of gold too...  pick another one up on the cheap in a few months.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:08 | 914988 Downtoolong
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I've seen Ferrari's on flatbed tow trucks many times, but, never this. I challenge anyone in marketing at Ferrari corp to somehow spin this photo into a positive advertisement.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:18 | 915012 nasa
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"It's a Ferrari with a dent in the door. It will still get you laid."

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:22 | 915019 philgramm
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I'll take a shot:


"Ferrari, Inflation this muthafucka"  

I bet Ludacris would drop his escalade and cop this in a heartbeat.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:20 | 915139 snowball777
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If you have to steal, steal the very best.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:18 | 915010 grunk
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Pinks - Lose your presidency, lose your ride.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:23 | 915022 buzzsaw99
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I got mine bitchez!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:26 | 915029 Timmay
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How is it that no one is asking if the Forklift is stolen?? My God people, first things first!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:41 | 915046 Manny
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I find this so odd and really funny!

Usually Ferrari's make quick gateways not forklifts!





Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:44 | 915054 AccreditedEYE
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Details, details... it's a 599 GTB

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:52 | 915070 10kby2k
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the boom of the forklift isn't padded...the car is fucked


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:53 | 915073 Miss Expectations
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It's a new reality show...Pimp my Ride Extreme Edition.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:04 | 915099 Cheesy Bastard
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Looks kinda silly, a sports car on a forklift.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:04 | 915101 ImNotExposed
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Ah, the Daily Mail. Paragon of impartial and verifiable journalism. Hats off to you, Tyler.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 01:09 | 915520 Freddie
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You sound like a leftist wankard who reads the trade unionist shit in the Guardian.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:10 | 915116 Misean
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Tunisian Top Gear! Where's Jeremy Clarkson?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:34 | 915171 chindit13
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Brings up that age old question that has captured and befuddled the minds of historians and university academics for almost a thousand years.....

What if the Crusaders had had Ferrari's?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:59 | 915214 laosuwan
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What if the Crusaders had had Ferrari's?


The Muslims today would claim to have invented them

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:48 | 915199 robertocarlos
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Why would they steal it like that? It's going to have a dent and paint damage on the side door.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:01 | 915202 cowdiddly
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I think he stole the fork truck too. He's riding down the road with the weight way up in the air just dying to flip. Any equipment operator worth his salt knows when you are moving a heavy load with a fork truck, Lower the center of gravity of the load close to the ground before high speed transit. One quick turn or fast stop and its over. I would at least tied the load down. I highly doubt the car will make it in one piece. On a side note the pic looks like its of two Cubans in Miami were that shit happens every day. We don't need no stinkin revolution.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 12:17 | 915995 Golden monkey
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GPS located forklift (like most heavy toys).

(So they probably put a fork trough the owner of the lift)

I doubt the monkey holds the device in his pocket to block the GPS signal.

The chiped Ferrari key will probably cost them 6 months salary to order.

Obviously two headless goldless (keyless) monkeys.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:14 | 915241 Hephasteus
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Drop it off at some piss poor date pickers house and go get ya another one!!!!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:15 | 915245 PulauHantu29
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Two Thumbs Up for these guys.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:24 | 915265 Buck Johnson
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One of the funniest things I've seen in awhile, and proud of it isn't he. 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:25 | 915271 casey
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Another interesting story in The Guardian:


The world is going mad.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:31 | 915283 Hephasteus
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Don't try to burn people inside buildings. They'll snap on your ass.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:57 | 915317 firstdivision
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Sat, 01/29/2011 - 00:04 | 915421 LongSoupLine
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Hmmm, time to get a forklift and head to the Bernank's house.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 00:43 | 915483 OCTOPVS
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If you were paying attention before today's NASDAQ fiasco/highly televised Egyptian riots/ you already digested this a week

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 03:11 | 915652 Zero Govt
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put aside the Ferrari that JCB is an expensive piece of kit. These Tunis thieves have a serious amount of investment capital in their operations, class 

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 03:30 | 915661 atomicwasted
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Start making that Christmas list for when the Feds go down.  I'd like Obama's house in Hawaii and something that's flying around Area 51, alien or not.  

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 05:24 | 915692 savagegoose
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i wonder if it has GPS tracking incase of being stolen? id like to see wher eit ends up in 2 years time

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 07:43 | 915726 Bigger Dickus
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599 GTB. And it costs considerably more than £130.000

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:09 | 915869 Calculated_Risk
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Mort Clawback Bitchez!!!

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