When you are spending hundreds of thousands – or even millions – of dollars on a car, the last thing you want to worry about is it catching on fire. While we never buy cars with the idea that things will go array, these car owners haven’t been so lucky.
Jaguar F-Type (2012)
The Jaguar F-type has an iconic and beautiful style that looks unlike any other Jaguar. Behind the sleek front end is a dirty secret, the 2012 F-type has a history of catching on fire.
The Fisker Karma is a lesser-known supercar, but it’s exotic design and power make it well-loved among collectors. Recently made popular by social media of several famous actors and singers, many people have forgotten the history of the car, especially that they have a history of catching fire. When it comes to a rare car you’ve never probably never heard of or seen in person, you’d never suspect that this car could turn into $130,000 of flames.
Lamborghini Gallardo (2003 – 2013)
While far less common than some more combustible exotics on this list, the 2003 – 2013 years of the Lamborghini Gallardo would occasionally catch fire. Mechanical issues, as well as lapses in maintenance, have been known to cause the Gallardo to go up in flames.
Yes, another Lamborghini for the list. Are you starting to see a trend here? This $4.5 million Lamborghini is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The extremely aggressive and exotic design is so unique it was only produced a handful of times, but it doesn’t have the best track record. Yep, the Veneno, like every other car on this list, had a tendency to catch fire.
Porsche 911 GT3
This sporty Porsche favorite has a dirty little secret. A small oil leak in the car’s engine bay as been known to cause the car to combust. Regardless of the small hazard, many enthusiasts are still fanatical about the 911 GT3, and it hasn’t seemed to damper sales or the car’s overall value.
This $300,000 Ferrari has a surprising 6.3L V12 motor and offers 651hp. You may be equally surprised to know that this is a Ferrari with backseats – that’s right, the FF in the name stands for Ferrari Four, a car with four seats and four-wheel drive, and was the company’s first-ever four-seater car. While there hasn’t been a mass reporting of the car catching fire, it’s still a concern for many owners, after all, not everyone wants to go around replacing their Ferrari because of a fire. Ferrari has not made any recalls on the wheel-well liner adhesive that overheated and caught fire.
Ferrari 458 Italia
Unlike the Ferrari FF, Ferrari did make a recall after several 458 Italias caught on fire. No surprise here that the 458 Italia caught fire for the exact same reason the FF did: the adhesive used inside the wheel-wells of the car was overheating and catching fire, sending the whole car up in a blaze of not-so-glory.
When it comes to rare exotic cars, some Millenials may describe them as ‘lit’, but these cars have a history of actually catching on fire. If the price were no option, would that deter you from buying any of these cars? Or is the risk too hot?