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Crash in luxury car car sales in Ireland.

Byline: LYNNE KELLEHER

THE NUMBER of luxury sports cars on Irish roads has crashed.

The keys to the ultimate motoring status symbols including Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys and even Cadillacs were regularly snapped up by the superrich during the Noughties.

During big spending 2007, high rollers splashed their cash on 174 supercars which included 135 Porsches, six Ferraris, two Rolls Royces and 31 Bentleys but in the last year that number of luxury motors had dwindled to just 13.

At the height of the country's fortunes in 2007, millionaire builders and Celtic Tiger tycoons forked out for 135 Porsches, but just 10 were driven out of the salesroom in 2009.

And the wheels have also come off the luxury country-living machine - the Range Rover.

While 951 were snapped up in 2007, only 25 new owners getting behind the wheel of the ultra-luxurious four-wheel drive this year.

Ten brand new Ferraris roared onto Irish roads in 2006, but the Italian toy of the rich and famous only attracted a single buyer this year.

At the height of the boom, 31 Irish drivers rolled their Bentleys out of the showroom but the number had fallen to just three in the last year.

The number of new openroofed cars sold peaked in 2005, when 3,479 convertibles were sold in Ireland. That number had almost halved last year to just 1,646 with sales expected to plummet even further this year.

In general car sales nosedived by more than 60 per cent over the past year.

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