Ferrari Stolen 28 Years Ago Caught By Customs On Its Way To Poland

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

If your exotic sports car was stolen decades ago, don’t give up hope just yet. As it turns out, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection can end up recovering your rosso corsa wonder, even if it’s 28 years later some bastards took her.

This 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi was headed for Poland before the CBP seized it at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport complex. The problem? A minor issue with its VIN numbers, according to a CBP news release.

The agency said the Ferrari in question had a VIN from a 1982 Ferrari, and one that was exported in 2005 from the U.S. to Norway. The VIN discrepancy served as a “red flag” that stood out among the more than 500 vehicles set for export there every day, the agency said.


So here’s what the Ferrari really was:

Its real VIN led to a police report showing that this Ferrari was stolen from a car consignment lot in Orange County, Calif., on July 19, 1987.

The owner was compensated by his insurance company back then and wishes to remain anonymous.

The 308 has 45,000 miles on the clock and is estimated at $50,000.

Guess somebody in Poland will need to wait a little bit longer for one.


European writer of Jalopnik, based in Budapest.

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Customs authorities were tipped off when the bandits handed them a fake Polish registration card that simply said "For more information, see reverse side" on both sides.