US customs officials find Ferrari stolen 28 years ago

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US Customs Officials Find Ferrari Stolen 28 Years Ago

Most cars that have been missing for 28 years are never found, but most cars aren't bright red Ferraris.

On April 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach (LA/LB) Seaport found a 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi that had been reported stolen nearly 3 decades ago.

It was awaiting export to Poland, and a bit of research revealed the vehicle identification number on the car had been changed to indicate it was a similar model made in 1982.

That raised suspicions, as the car associated with the VIN had been shipped overseas from the U.S. more than a decade ago.

Special investigators confirmed the vehicle about to be sent off was, indeed, the long lost 1981 Ferrari.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, "...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."

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Eddie McDaniel, who goes by Fast Eddie, walks through Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard, where he occasionally plays piano for visitors Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum by owner Walter Dean Lewis. The two grew up playing in the cars on the lot which started as a general store selling auto parts in 1931 by Lewis' parents. Lewis stopped selling parts about six years ago when he realized he could sustain the business more as a museum, charging $15 for visitors just looking, and $25 for photographers. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Trees grow through the windshield of a 1937 Chrysler Imperial as it sits at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Judith Kimber, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, takes photos while walking through Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum by owner Walter Dean Lewis. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Trees grow over a car at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Maintenance man Rockey Bryson walks past cars stacked at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. “It’s kind of sad to see them. There’s a lot of history here," Bryson said. "No telling how many senators or governors might have drove one of these cars." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
The steering wheel of a 1948 Oldsmobile 98 convertible is seen while sitting at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum by owner Walter Dean Lewis. First started by his parents as a general store selling auto parts in 1931, Lewis grew the classic car collection from about 40 in the 1970s. He stopped selling parts about six years ago when he realized he could sustain the business more as a museum, charging $15 for visitors just looking, and $25 for photographers. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Messages greet visitors on the "Tree of Knowledge" as maintenance man Rockey Bryson walks by at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Six miles of trails wind through the 32 acre forest which is home to over 4,000 classic cars. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Judith Kimber, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, takes a photo while walking through Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. "I love old American cars," Kimber said. "There are many more cars than I imagined. I love it." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Owner Walter Dean Lewis walks past a 1950s school bus as it sits at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. “It’s history. I saved them when other people were crushing them," said Lewis. “I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t get up every morning and look at old cars.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A tree grows onto the fender of a 1953 GMC truck as it sits at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Maintenance man Rockey Bryson walks down a trail at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Six miles of trails wind through the 32 acre forest which is home to over 4,000 classic cars. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Barbie dolls sit in a car at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Trees grow over a car at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum by owner Walter Dean Lewis. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cars sit stacked at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. “The only thing I ever knew was cars and trucks," owner Walter Dean Lewis said, who acquired over 4,000 classic cars which are displayed amongst 32 acres of forest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Eddie McDaniel, who goes by Fast Eddie, plays piano for visitors at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. McDaniel and owner Walter Dean Lewis grew up playing in the cars on the lot which started as a general store selling auto parts in 1931 by Lewis' parents. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A tree grows under a Volkswagen Camper van lifting it off the ground as it sits at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cars sit at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. “The only thing I ever knew was cars and trucks," said owner Walter Dean Lewis” who acquired over 4,000 classic cars which are displayed amongst 32 acres of forest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pine needles cover the trunk of a Buick sitting at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum by owner Walter Dean Lewis. First started by his parents as a general store selling auto parts in 1931, Lewis grew the classic car collection from about 40 in the 1970s. He stopped selling parts about six years ago when he realized he could sustain the business more as a museum, charging $15 for visitors just looking, and $25 for photographers. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Broken glass remains on a car at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. The owner stopped selling parts about six years ago when he realized he could sustain the business more as a museum, charging $15 for visitors just looking, and $25 for photographers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A message greets visitors along a trail at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Six miles of trails wind through the 32 acre forest which is home to over 4,000 classic cars. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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