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It’s Insane How Many Exotic Cars Are Street Parked in London

I recently had the chance to visit London, which I hadn’t visited since I was 11 years old. I loved the experience, and I really enjoyed London, but one car-related thing that surprised me was just how many street-parked exotic cars are in London’s most expensive areas.

To be clear, I was expecting that London would be host to an enormous number of expensive and luxurious cars, especially in the summer, when wealthy people from all over the world converge on the city for its only decent weather period. What I was not expecting, however, was that they’d all be sitting there, parked on the street like it was nothing.

And this fact presented itself over and over again as I walked through various nice neighborhoods in London. It wasn’t uncommon to walk down a street and see a Ferrari parked in front of a Lambo parked in front of a simple Volkswagen Golf. I even saw roughly a dozen examples of the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan parked this way.

Of course, the reason for this is that many desirable parts of London are relatively compact, and buying a home there often means not getting a garage, as space is typically devoted to more important things like living areas instead. There’s also the fact that many inner-city London areas are very old, having been built before the explosion of cars in our society, so garages were never really a consideration during the construction of these places.

Regardless of the reasoning behind the phenomenon of these street-parked cars, it’s truly amazing to see it — streets lined with exotic cars that aren’t sitting at valet stands or roped off at car shows. Instead, they’re just parallel parked like normal vehicles next to actual normal vehicles, which are often worth considerably less. It’s an insurance adjuster’s worst nightmare, but it’s a typical sight in London.

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  1. I worked in Chelsea for 2 years in the 1980s and almost every day walked past an Aston Martin DB5 convertible parked on the street in a residents parking bay. It never moved and was covered in dirt! They weren’t worth the insane prices of today but were still valuable.

  2. I visited the Royal Albert Hall a couple of weeks back and there were two 918 Spyders parked round the corner from each other, one in white, the other in silver. The Ferrari f12 further down the road didn’t really even register after that.

  3. I saw the same thing in Kenington circa 2009.  I was impressed with how many of the exotics were dusty from not being driven.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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