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Potential buyer turns test drive for vintage $2.2 million Ferrari into grand theft auto
A man answering an advertisement turned up for a sales appointment Monday and then sped off in the $2.2 million vintage Ferrari.
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Published 9:55 a.m. ET May 15, 2019
BERLIN – When someone wants to test drive the vehicle you’re selling you’re very cautious. Right? Especially when the car is worth $2.2 million.
Yet, German police recovered a valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are searching for the man believed to have sped off with the car while posing as a would-be buyer.
The red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in 1985, is believed to be worth more than $2.2 million. A man answering an advertisement turned up for a sales appointment in Duesseldorf on Monday, then sped off with the vehicle when the seller got out of the car to swap places during a test drive.
The Ferrari was recovered Tuesday in the nearby Grevenbroich area, where it was hidden in a garage. Police are still seeking the thief and released a picture Wednesday of a middle-aged man, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
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