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Video: Bugatti Veyron for sale, slightly damp

Motivated seller needs to stay, uh, liquid. Make offer.

By Andrew Heining / November 12, 2009

The Bugatti Veyron at the center of an Internet storm crashes spectacularly into a Texas lagoon in a new video. (Top right)

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Update: Video posted to Facebook appears to show the car crash in question.

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Owner Andy Lee House reportedly told La Marque, Texas, Police that he'd lost control of his car when he dropped his cellphone and, upon sitting back up, was distracted by a low-flying pelican, which caused him to jerk the wheel to avoid it.

The new video (which contains harsh language) was posted Thursday night, and opens with Facebook user Joe Garza and another man driving alongside the Bugatti. The car does not appear to be speeding or driving erratically, but at the video's 12-second mark, it veers off the frontage road it had been traveling on and throws up a dramatic wall of water as it comes to a halt in three feet of salt water.

Neither Mr. Garza nor the La Marque police department have responded to requests for comment.

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Ouch.

There are bad days, and then there are days you crash your $2 million Bugatti Veyron into a saltwater lagoon.

Autoblog found this footage of authorities towing one man's prized (and heavily wait-listed) French supercar  from a Texas marsh on Wednesday.

The man told a Texas paper that a low-flying pelican (and not, say, a bout of at-the-wheel texting) distracted him, and he jerked the wheel to avoid it, catching a front wheel in the mud and sending him into the drink.

It's said the Bugatti's thousand-or-so horsepower, 16-valve cylinder engine "gurgled like an outboard motor for about 15 minutes before it died."

[Editor's note: The original version included a comment about the safety of Tesla electric cars that was incorrect. Discussing the safety of electric vehicles, a Tesla official points out that Teslas' motors are a closed circuit and do not pose an electrocution risk when submerged.]

Assuming insurance won't cover crash-by-pelican, how's he going to replace the rarest and fastest production car sold today? eBay has two....

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