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Freak Accident 456GT Manual- 1995, with 30K miles. fine shape

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  1. Boy Wonder

    Boy Wonder Karting

    May 23, 2014
    110
    Boulder, CO
    Full Name:
    Fred Wolf
    ok, here goes, i do think its worth posting as theres a lesson here

    to start out:
    Weather was clear, mid March day around mid afternoon, I live in a hilly part of Colorado, and i was returning from a run with the car and returning home.
    I was doing about 25mph in 3rd gear, and was approaching a sharp uphill right turn which requires at least 2nd gear if not 1st if you are going slow enough.

    now in this area they don;t use salt on the roads, only gravel , about the size of BB's and they can be very slippery...
    As i was approaching the right hander , i had the windows up , and had baerly any pressure on the gas peddle'
    as i didn;t want to lug the engine in 3rd gear at slow speed. All of a sudden, the car accelerated abruptly, and made a powered 170 deg turn to the left. The car hit some rocks and came to a sudden stop. the airbags went off, and i stepped out of the car without a scratch, The whole thing too not more than 3 seconds..

    When i reviewed the circumstances i made the following conclusions: over time a layer of BB's ie. gravel accumulated in the center of the road. The left read wheel started spinning and i did not notice it as the windows were up. It is possible that the car was slowing down due to the loss of grip, and i may have add peddle pressure, but i have no way of knowing, All of a sudden , the Limited Slip differential brought all the torque to the right rear and off I went.

    the overall damage to the car was relatively minor, , suspension, oil cooler leak and some body damage, plus airbags going off,,, New Airbags were not to be found nd the insurance Co totaled the car,,

    And as an aside, i have to say the airbags are a joke, unless you have a head on,, i say this as the steering wheel was cocked to the left, the airbag went off and passed my head to the right and never touched me.

    So anyone with a 456, you will have a problem if the airbags deploy..
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  3. motts

    motts Karting

    Sep 1, 2015
    183
    Denver
    Full Name:
    Alex
    Was this today? Sorry to hear that they totaled the car.


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  4. Boy Wonder

    Boy Wonder Karting

    May 23, 2014
    110
    Boulder, CO
    Full Name:
    Fred Wolf
    NO this was in March of 2020 .. you can see it was pretty superficial damage , looking at it now , i feel pretty sad about it, it was a fine car , no issues
    i posted this because i am having trouble getting insurance with my 575M
     
  5. motts

    motts Karting

    Sep 1, 2015
    183
    Denver
    Full Name:
    Alex
    Got it. Was just reading your other post.


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  6. franschman

    franschman Formula Junior

    Dec 18, 2017
    258
    Holland
    Full Name:
    Bart
    What a waste! Lucky my 456 doesn't have any airbags.
    What happened to the car? Has it been parted out?
     
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  8. Boy Wonder

    Boy Wonder Karting

    May 23, 2014
    110
    Boulder, CO
    Full Name:
    Fred Wolf
    it went to auction, i think the high bid was 17K, and was rejected. I dont know what happened after that.

    My local F specialist told me to "start fresh" and take the settlement money and run, which i did

    I have not seen or heard anything since
     

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