What Are The Juiciest Automotive Scandals You've Heard Of?

The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from the
The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from the

I’ve been working my way through a series of different Enzo Ferrari biographies, and I have to be honest: We keep talking this guy up as if he was some engineering legend, but mostly he was just pretty good at organizing business and sleeping with a lot of women. It’s that latter part that had me wondering what other juicy automotive scandals have floated around that I haven’t heard about.

Now, it’s well known that Mr. Ferrari was something of a ladies’ man — and Brock Yates reiterates this multiple times in his book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races. We know that company head Piero Ferrari is Il Commendatore’s illegitimate son, born of Ferrari’s longtime mistress Lina Lardi. But I didn’t realize that his proclivities actually involved, uh, stealing the widows of his dead drivers.

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Of course, ol’ Enzo isn’t the only scandal man in automotive history. We have stories of Colin Chapman faking his own death. We had the entire Takata airbags saga, and then the Carlos Ghosn situation. The options are honestly endless — but I want to hear from you. What automotive scandals keep you up at night? What tea entertains you to no end? Let’s gossip down in the comments.

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