Rap singer Missy Elliott’s nickname – “Misdemeanor” – would suggest some knowledge of the criminal courts, but Elliott is showing a Chicago-area luxury car dealer she’s not averse to working the civil side of a courthouse.
Elliott filed a lawsuit recently in Florida against a Westmont dealership called Lamborghini Chicago, alleging the company backed out of a deal to sell her a 2012 model at an agreed upon price after Elliott paid a hefty down payment and gave the dealer her Bentley as a trade-in.
The suit says Elliott, a Miami resident, and the dealership entered into a contract in July 2011 for Elliott to buy a 2012 Aventador model, in matte white, for a cash price of $376,000, minus $85,000, which the suit says was the trade value for Elliott’s Bentley Continental GT.
On July 5, 2011, the suit alleges, she wired the dealer $30,000 for a down payment, and the dealer later picked up her Bentley.
Several months later, when the market value price for the Aventador “drastically increased,” according to the suit, the dealer refused to deliver the car and demanded “significantly more money” to close the deal. The suit does not say how much money Elliott was asked to pay.
The lawsuit asks the court to make the dealer comply with the original agreement and Elliott’s costs.
The Miami law firm representing the five-time Grammy winner declined to comment on the suit, and the dealership also declined comment Thursday.
Lamborghini Chicago’s website features a white 2012 Aventador in stock, but interested buyers will have to call for the price.
Edmunds.com, an automotive website, said the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 2012 model is $387,000.
The 690-horsepower Aventador, which can go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and gets 11 miles to the gallon in city driving, may not be the most practical car for your average motorist, Edmunds says in a review.