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Missing Ferrari GTSi found 30 years later in the Port of Los Angeles. It was reported stolen from nearby Orange County

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 308 GTSi model Ferrari missing since July 19, 1987  found in the Port of Los Angeles after someone tried to ship it to Poland

  • The car was taken from a consignment lot in Orange County nearly 30 years ago and its owner has since been compensated by their insurance 
  • Customs agents flagged up the car when they discovered the VIN did not match the vehicle but instead matched a 1982 Ferrari shipped to Norway


A red 1981 Ferrari was found in the Port of Los Angeles almost three decades after it was stolen from its owner. The 308 GTSi model was reported stolen by its owner, who asked to remain anonymous, in 1987. The owner was compensated by their insurance company years ago after the car was swiped from a consignment lot on July 19, 1987 in Orange County, according to KTLA.


The Ferrari, estimated to be worth $50,000, was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol last week in Los Angeles

An officer reported the seizure of the car at the Port of Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for the customs at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach complex said.
The car was bound for Poland when it was intercepted by customs agents last week.
With a VIN matching a 1982 red Ferrari that had made its way overseas to Norway via Germany in 2005, the agents knew something about the car wasn’t right.
They flagged the car for inspection and discovered it was in fact the stolen vehicle.33365f5200000578-3541801-image-m-5_1460725163807

Port of Los Angeles (pictured) Customs agents noticed the Ferrari had a VIN that didn’t match the car. The VIN went to a 1982 Ferrari, which had been shipped to Norway via Germany in 2005

A Ferrari factory expert helped to identify the stolen vehicle
‘This VIN discrepancy is what “raised a red flag” and prompted further scrutiny.
‘Such keen attention to details by CBP officers is commendable, especially considering they process a daily average of 500 vehicles intended for export,’ said federal customs Seaport Port Director Carlos Martel in the release.
The car is similar to the model of red Ferrari driven by Tom Selleck in the show Magnum P.I., which ran from 1980 until 1988.
The vehicle has 45,000 miles on it and is estimated to be worth $50,000.
There person trying to ship the vehicle has not been identified yet.

The Ferrari is a similar model to the car driven by Tom Selleck (pictured) in the 1980s TV show Magnum P.I.
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