Video: 'Price Is Right' contestant strikes out on a Ferrari 458
The TV game show offers most the expensive car in its history, but, sadly, no one won it.
The long-running game show "The Price Is Right" has offered up many expensive cars over the course of its 52-year history. In the past, contestants have won or had the chance to win everything from Dodge Vipers to Chevrolet Corvettes to Ford Mustangs, even classic Bentleys and Lincolns.
During the show's recent "Big Money Week," however, producers upped the sports car game to a whole new level, going full exotic with a new Ferrari 458 Spider.
"We are constantly pushing the envelope with our prizes. What's more exciting than a Ferrari?" executive producer Mike Richards told MSN Autos.
Judging by the excitement we saw from contestant Therese, that seems true. She vied to win the Italian supercar during an especially intense round of "Three Strikes," in which contestants pull numbers out of a bag and guess where they fit into the car's price while trying to avoid the red “X” tiles that immediately end the game.
As you'll see below, the segment has a heartbreaking end.
The game dragged on with the audience on the edges of their seats as Therese pulled number after number, somehow avoiding the dreaded third strike that would crush her dreams of prancing horses and open-air motoring. Though Therese kept coming up with numbers, however, her placement of the numbers never matched up with the 458 Spider’s $285,716 price -- even with the studio audience shouting suggestions.
Finally, Therese pulled her third strike and the game ended, although host Drew Carey walked her over to the Ferrari for a reverential moment of worship and pondering "what might have been."
"I was really disappointed," said Richards. "It would have been an amazing moment to see someone drive off in that car."
Indeed it would have -- especially considering the show doesn't foot the bill for these exotics.
For now, the 458 stands as the most expensive car ever offered as a prize on "The Price is Right." A Tesla Roadster that a contestant barely missed out on in 2010 had previously held the title. The 458 is also indicative of a new direction in prize car selection. Aside from a Porsche 944 given away in 1989, the vast majority of prize cars had been sourced from U.S. builders.
With Therese’s loss, the record price for an actual winning car on the show remains an $87,000 Dodge Viper in 2008.
To win this car would be exciting, but you have to actually insure and pay taxes on it which I doubt she had money for either..... I think the game show should take care of you the first year so you can at least get a chance to drive it...
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