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Disappears with ‘historic’ Ferrari after going for test drive

A sports car with a price tag running into millions of euro has been stolen after being taken out for a test drive.

According to Police in Germany, the suspected thief had shown an interest in purchasing the Ferrari 288 GTO, which has a price tag of two million euro.

The man turned up for a test drive in a taxi, and returned to the seller after two hours. When the seller was about to come out, however, the man floored the accelerator and disappeared.

The car was later found in a garage. Police have described it as a historic vehicle with 43,000 km on the clock, and with a value in excess of two million euro.

It results from the seller’s electronic site that the car had belonged to former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine, who used to drive for Ferrari between 1996 and 1999.

Similar vehicles are usually sold at specialised auctions like Sotheby’s. In this instance, investigators were lucky as the car’s red colour was a distinguishing feature, and this helped to trace it quickly.

The car was traced to a garage in the town of Grevenbroich, not far from the centre of Dusseldorf. The suspected thief, however, is still being sought by German Police, who have published his photograph.

Auctioneers who handle rare objects say they would have noticed the stolen car, as these vehicle models are not sold by individuals.

A total of 272 cars of this particular Ferrari model were manufactured.


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