We know some of the vehicles now residing in Davy Jones’ locker after the Felicity Ace disaster include hyper-rare Lambos and more than a few Porsches. Also on the docket? A bog-standard Kia Soul and a 1996 Honda Prelude SiR.
We figured that one would get your attention.
Sleuths working at a branch of Top Gear unearthed the Felicity Ace manifest, a document that is supposed to exhaustively list all the cargo on a vessel in case something like this sinking happens. Rescue and recovery teams need to know what’s onboard marine traffic (or in a manufacturing plant, for example) so they can prepare for caustic chemicals or other would-be nasty surprises.
These manifests also make for interesting reading after the fact, especially for gearheads if the list is full of cars. Some of the vehicles can be replaced, such as a few of the more popular Porsches which are cranked out on the daily by factories in Europe. Even the sunken Lamborghinis, which are hardly commodity-like, will rise again thanks to the Italian automaker moving paradiso e terra to restart production of the Aventador Ultimae despite that trim being the last hurrah of a great model.
Far less easy to replace are one-offs or vintage rides. Sticking out in this regard from the manifest is a 1996 Honda Prelude, listed as the property of one Gary Hawkins. Basic Internet sleuthing turned up this Facebook post in which a person of the same name described losing their Prelude after the Felicity Ace sank to the bottom of the briny sea. The man describes the car as the 65th SiR ever built and claims to not be receiving any compensation for his loss due to “complications” with the shipping company and insurance. Alas.
Check out the Facebook listing here.
Also onboard? A 2015 Mustang, presumably making its way back across the ocean after being shipped abroad after initial assembly in Flat Rock. A quick read of the supplied VIN shows it was a GT Fastback, equipped with the Vanilla Ice five-point-oh which made 435 horsepower that model year. There were also over 100 tons of used tractors and associated equipment. Any suggestion by the B&B that there’s not much difference between heavy iron tractors and American muscle cars will be refuted but grinned at behind full mugs of coffee.
The full list is here if you want to read it. If anyone weeps for the Mexican-built Versa Note, let us know in the comments.
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