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Man steals $2m Ferrari on test drive

Updated May 16, 2019

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A Ferrari 288 GTO vintage car is being pulled on a tow truck on May 15, 2019 in Grevenbroich, western Germany, after the stolen vehicle was discovered in a garage. — AFP
A Ferrari 288 GTO vintage car is being pulled on a tow truck on May 15, 2019 in Grevenbroich, western Germany, after the stolen vehicle was discovered in a garage. — AFP

BERLIN: German police launched a search on Wednesday for a man who sped off with a vintage Ferrari worth over two million dollars during a test drive.

Police issued a wanted picture of the burly man wearing glasses and a dark blue blazer who made off with the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO in Duesseldorf on Monday.

The car, painted in classic Italian racing red, was recovered a day later in a garage where the thief had tried to hide it, but the suspect remained at large.

The theft happened as the would-be buyer and seller stopped to swap drivers. While the car seller was outside the vehicle, the man slammed his foot on the accelerator of the 400-horsepower vehicle and roared off down a country road.

The man, who had described himself as a car collector, had arrived for the test drive by taxi.

Published in Dawn, May 16th, 2019