Classic Ferrari 288 GTO worth over $2 million stolen on test drive

15 Mai, 2019, 20:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Eddie Irvine's rare Ferrari was stolen. Pic Dusseldof police

German police have recovered a valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are searching for the man believed to have sped off with the auto while posing as a would-be buyer.

The suspect, who contacted a vintage auto dealer claiming to be a prospective customer, had expressed interest in buying the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO and negotiated a test drive with the seller, Düsseldorf police said in a statement.

On the dearlership's website it says the auto was once owned by Irvine with around 27,000 miles on the clock.

Eddie Irvine Eddie Irvine's rare Ferrari was stolen.

Peter Haynes, a spokesman for specialist auctioneer RM Sotheby's, said the cars are now valued between $2.5 million and $3.5 million.

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Police said Tuesday that they hadn't been able to find the vehicle and appealed to the public for information.

And they were in luck - by late Tuesday afternoon the Ferrari was located, found hidden in a garage in the town of Grevenbroich, about 25km southwest of Dusseldorf. Police have released a photograph of the man inspecting the Ferrari before the theft.

Bernhard Kerklo told the newspaper the vehicle could never be sold on the market as it was "too flashy".

This particular Ferrari 288 GTO, which had 43,000km on the clock, featured a 2.9L twin-turbo V8 that produced almost 400hp, and was once owned by former Ferrari F1 driver Eddie Irvine.

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