It's a sight to behold in our gallery, seeing so many expensive cars sitting so closely together.
You gotta do what you gotta do, as they say. And when a hurricane is threatening your large inventory of high-priced luxury and exotic cars, you have to protect them in whatever ways necessary. Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, based in south Florida, did just that recently, by cramming dozens of vehicles in its showroom when Hurricane Matthew loomed nearby.
It's a sight to behold in our gallery, seeing so many expensive cars sitting so closely packed together. According to President and General Manager Garrett Hayim on the dealership's Facebook page, nearly 100 employees pitched in to get the vehicles inside before the storm hit. The dealership was closed in order to tackle the tall order of moving so many cars.
"We would love to be your distraction but we must keep our employees safe, so unfortunately we cannot be open for you," said the post. "On that note, I want to thank our family of almost 100 employees for working so hard. They selflessly worked without any complaint to prepare our home, cars, and clients cars for the storm." You can view a video of the epic parking job here.
Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale features a who's-who of high-priced machinery.
Our Editor, Dave Pankew happened to be around this dealership as they were shuffling many supercars inside. "I pass by the Ferrari Fort Lauderdale showroom quite a bit since it's right near my house," Pankew said. "I wondered if they had enough indoor space to store all of the cars inside during Hurricane Matthew. But with all hands on deck, all of the cars were jammed tight, with precision, inside the dealer showroom. Ironically, the hurricane largely missed Fort Lauderdale, but it was worth the effort to save their important inventory from harm," he added.
Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale features a who's-who of high-priced machinery. In stock now is a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO (the most expensive car at the dealership, costing $900,000 USD), a 1988 1/2 Lamborghini Countach, a 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, a 2005 Ford GT, and tons more Ferrari and Maserati product. The dealership is part of a group that owns Gold Coast Maserati, Maserati of Bergen County, Maserati of Long Island, and Volvo Cars of Manhattan.
By all accounts, the inventory survived the hurricane with nary a scratch. The storm is still battering parts of the U.S., but according to the dealership, it passed by much of south Florida, leaving the planning ultimately unnecessary. We're sure that should a similar scenario happen in the future, they'd be cramming cars inside all over again.