The Philippines Bureau of Customs destroyed 21 smuggled motor vehicles worth USD 1.2 million in grand fashion this week, crushing them with a backhoe.
In two separate, simultaneous events in Manila and Cagayan de Oro, 14 Mitsubishi Jeeps and seven cars of varying makes were obliterated.
All of the vehicles, destined for different consignees, were seized after arriving in the country illegally between 2018 and 2020.
The roster of vehicles crushed is enough to make any car enthusiast cringe. It includes a new McLaren 620R with the R Pack from McLaren Special Operations, which includes a gloss finish visual carbon fiber roof scoop, gloss finish visual carbon fiber front fender louvres and a carbon fiber interior pack. It also has an MSO Defined Titanium SuperSports Exhaust, which increases the loudness of the burble by up to five decibels. Just 225 examples of the model were produced with a price tag of around USD 335,000 without any additional customization.