Acton Garage Sued Over Lamborghini Explosion
Rare car was destroyed after being serviced at Acton garage
The billionaire founder of Foxtons estate agents is suing a top garage after his £1million Lamborghini was reduced to a fire-blackened wreck on the A40 in Acton.
Property tycoon, Jon Hunt, says his son had been driving the Lamborghini Miura SV and was less than a mile from the garage on School Road, North Acton when it exploded in flames.
Mr Hunt’s son was not hurt, but the rare 1971 supercar, which was worth almost £1m and was the world’s fastest road car was destroyed.
Mr Hunt, is suing luxury car specialists, H.R Owen Dealerships Ltd, trading as Lamborghini London.
He is claiming £700k compensation for the wrecked car, plus additional damages for storage and “loss of enjoyment” of the vehicle - one of only 764 ever built.
In a writ lodged at the High Court, Daniel Scarrott, for Mr Hunt alleges that mechanics at the garage had put in the wrong type of spark plugs when they serviced the car.
He claims, '' The spark plugs fitted worked at too high a temperature and created the risk of fire.
“The fire was caused by the ignition of fuel. Such ignition could not have taken place unless the fuel system was not intact or the spark plugs were not properly adjusted or fitted.
“Both of these matters could have been avoided by a competent service of the vehicle.”
A spokeswoman for H.R Owen said: “This is a case between two insurance companies, but H.R. Owen continue to do business with Jon Hunt.”
3rd December 2014