The news that insurance company Aviva is set to cough up a record £300k for repairs on a crashed Pagani Zonda got me thinking. Is this really “the most expensive crash in history” as the headline writers would have us believe?

The Pagani in question was being driven by a colleague who was working for a rival magazine, and unfortunately for him the owner of the £528k Zonda was sitting in the passenger seat at the time. Ouch.

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Quite how such an experienced driver ended up parking a Pagani tail first into a telegraph pole nobody really knows (officer).

But the resulting damage is, as stated, going to cost £300k to fix, and the good folks from Avia have agreed in kind to pay out.

Surely, though, the bloke who once famously stuffed his Ferrari 250 GTO into the back of another car during an historic race caused more damage – both financially and emotionally – than our friend who will remain nameless in the Zonda? GTO’ go for anything up to £19 million, so the repair bill must have been several hundred miles north of £300k.