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.
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.
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.
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