We Lost Way More Cool Cars When the Felicity Ace Cargo Ship Sank Than You Think

A little over a month ago, The Felicity Ace cargo ship, while carrying a bunch of cars caught fire, forcing the crew to abandon the ship. After days adrift at sea, the cargo ship slunk into the briny deep, where now it lives forever in Davy Jones’ locker. The story was that many Porsches and other VW Group cars were lost on the ship, which is true, but we now have the entire manifest showing a loss of 3,828 new and classic vehicles. 

How many Porsches were lost on the Felicity Ace cargo ship? 

Porsche has been the poster child for this sunken cargo ship story, and for good reason. Porsche alone lost over 1,100 units in the conflagration. The Volkswagen Group had most of the ship’s manifest, meaning VW took quite the hit. 

CarScoops tallied up the manifest and learned that Porsche had 1,117 cars, VW had 561, Audi had 1,944, Bentley had 189, and Lamborghini had 85 vehicles on the ship. These are truly devastating numbers. They are particularly tough to stomach in the midst of the ongoing chip shortage and other supply chain issues

However, if losing all those new vehicles wasn’t bad enough, tons of cool, funky, and rare used and classic cars were transported by private individuals. 

The Felicity Ace also had some cool classics

A silver 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera on a racetrack
2022 Porsche 911 Carrera | Porsche

One of the first pointed out by CarScoops is an interesting 1996 Honda Prelude SiR. The car’s owner posted on Facebook about his Prelude. He was importing this particular car because it was the 65th unit made of the fifth generation of this model. Admittedly, this is so far in the deep grass of car nerddom that we can’t expect many nights of lost sleep. But it is a cool car that is a shame to lose. 

The weirdos don’t stop there, though. The manifest also shows that a 1977 Land Rover Santana was also onboard amongst all the shiny new supercars. For those uninitiated in the nerdiness of aftermarket Land Rover Defenders, the Santana is a Defender that got the full treatment from Santan’s Spanish factory resulting in the Complete Knockdown Kit. 

Other strange one-offs include a 2007 BMW 750i, a 2015 Mustang, 12 Fendt tractors, and other oddities, including a 2019 Mini Countryman that was being shipped in a wooden crate. If that last one doesn’t give you a twinge of the Italian Job, I don’t know what will. 

There were even several cars we now know were heading for Mexico since SEATs aren’t sold north of the border. Lastly, CarScoops mentions that there was a Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 labeled only “tourist vehicle.” Despite its cryptic label, it may belong to The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah since we know he had a Boxster on the vessel. 

The full ship’s manifest

The Felicity Ace, a Ship carrying luxury cars,  is on fire and adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
The Felicity Ace on fire | Portuguese Naval Forces / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Consignee NameVehicle
PRIVATE2017 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
PRIVATE2007 BMW 750I
PRIVATEUSED VEHICLE 1996 HONDA PRELUDE
PRIVATEUSED VEHICLE 2018 NISSAN VERSA NOTE
PRIVATEUSED VEHICLE 2014 KIA SOUL
PRIVATEUSED VEHICLE 2015 PORSCHE CAYENNE
PRIVATEUSED VEHICLE 2015 FORD MUSTANG
JB TRACTORSUSED TRACTORS + ACCESSORIES
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.TEST VW 5 VW ID.4
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.TEST VW VW TAIGO
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.83 CD1 VW GOLF 38 E21 VW ID4
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.50 AUDI Q3 3 AUDI A5 CABRIO 44 AUDI A5 SPORTBACK 10 AUDI A5 COUPE 13 AUDI E-TRON 9 AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK 21 AUDI E-TRON
BENTLEY MOTORS INC.3 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR 6 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT 4 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC 12 BENTLEY BENTAYGA
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA INC.23 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN 85 ” 19 PORSCHE LEIPZIG 62 ” 126 PORSCHE BRATISLAVA
AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI USA LLC5 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN 6 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR 10 LAMBORGHINI URUS
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA INC.25 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA95 CD1 VW GOLF 10 E21 VW ID4
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.3 AUDI TT 121 AUDI Q3 21 AUDI A5 CABRIO 17 AUDI A5 SPORTBACK 6 AUDI A5 COUPE 32 AUDI E-TRON 21 AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK
BENTLEY MOTORS INC.17 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR 19 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT 28 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC 40 BENTLEY BENTAYGA
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA INC.40 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN 22 ” 36 PORSCHE LEIPZIG 79 ” 1 PORSCHE BRATISLAVA 74 “
AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI USA LLC15 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN 9 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR 37 LAMBORGHINI URUS
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA INC.21 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN
PRIVATEMINI COUNTRYMAN
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC.UNPACKED TOURIST VEHICLE PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER GTS 4.0
PRIVATEUSED TRUCK MAN TGM 18.250
PRIVATEUSED POV 1977 LAND ROVER SANTANA SERIES 3 109
VOLKSWAGEN DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V.1 AUDI TT 23 AUDI Q3 23 AUDI Q3 SPORTBACK 9 AUDI A5 SPORTBACK 2 AUDI A5 COUPE 1 AUDI E-TRON GT 1 AUDI Q2
VOLKSWAGEN DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V.27 SBH CADDY 20 SBJ CADDY 91 SHH VW T6 PA 10 SHJ VW T6 PA 15 SJL VW T6 PA
VOLKSWAGEN DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.7 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN 16 PORSCHE LEIPZIG – CAYENNE + MACAN + PANAMERA 7 PORSCHE BRATISLAVA – CAYENNE
VOLKSWAGEN DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.3 SEAT ATECA AUTOMOBILES
DB IMPORTS MEXICO SA DE CV3 LAMBORGHINI URUS
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.21 VW GOLF 144 E21ID.4
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA INC.3 AUDI TT 1 AUDI TT ROADSTER 224 AUDI Q3 60 AUDI A5 CABRIO 77 AUDI A5 SPORTBACK 15 AUDI A5 COUPE 25 AUDI E-TRON
BENTLEY MOTORS INC.2 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR 9 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT 14 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC 16 BENTLEY BENTAYGA
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA INC.44 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN 69 ” 78 PORSCHE LEIPZIG 158 ” 138 PORSCHE BRATISLAVA 9 “
BENTLEY MOTORS INC.3 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR 4 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT 3 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC 9 BENTLEY BENTAYGA
PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA INC.6 PORSCHE ZUFFENHAUSEN 1 PORSCHE LEIPZIG

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