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Stolen Porsche 930 Turbo found after 23 years

By FaezClutchless on 26 Nov 2011

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The feeling of losing one’s car to theft can be an infuriating one. Normally the chance of getting it back is rather low as the car thieves would probably have driven your car out of the country or disassemble it down to individual parts. If it happened in a big country, for example the US, the vehicle would be driven to another state and the look of the car is changed, to minimise the possibility of someone finding it and informing the authorities.

To find a car that was stolen 23 years ago is pretty amazing and lucky. This is what happened to a stolen Porsche 930 Turbo that was discovered recently in California.

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Customs and Border Protection officers at work.

This 1976 Porsche was stolen in Las Vegas, Nevada 23 years ago on November 24, 1988. The stolen vehicle was discovered by customs officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP). While examining a targeted container bound for the Netherlands, they found the car and decided to check the vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). They were shocked to find out that the car was reported stolen 23 years ago.

The custom officers contacted the state authorities and they were told that the stolen record was still active. So, the customs officers seized the vehicle and released it to the state authorities. Unfortunately for the car’s owner, when the vehicle got stolen, the insurance company wrote it off and that means the car now belongs to the insurance company.

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A CBP officer inspecting received items.

The condition of the Porsche is quite bad and it is missing its engine. The vehicle’s manifest is valued at around US$12,000 while the customs import specialists values it at around US$27,000 since it is a rare sub-model (not more than 22,000 units were made).

The CBP’s director of field operations explained that they take an aggressive approach detecting and examining cargo that is heading out to foreign countries. Since October last year, the agency has discovered 51 vehicles and 49 engines that were heading overseas illegally and out of the 51 vehicles, 24 were reported stolen.

Photo credit: Sports Car Digest, National Post and assets.matchbin.com

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Dwee Nov 28 2011 12:11 PM
To be able to find retrieved it back after 23 years later is near impossible. . . Amazing .
Pocus Nov 29 2011 11:13 AM
But it's missing the engine...If I'm the owner I will be relieved and heart broken. Like after 27years after you move on, the corpse is found....
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