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If your car is ever stolen, don’t give up hope of getting it back.
That’s the lesson to be learned from the recent discovery of five cars that were stolen many years ago, including a 1969 Corvette swiped in Portland 26 years ago.
The blue Corvette convertible was in a shipping crate headed for The Netherlands when alert U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Los Angeles found the Stingray along with four other stolen cars – a 1967 Jaguar XK-E taken 46 years ago outside the owner’s Manhattan apartment, a 1976 Mercedes 280 stolen in 2002, a 2007 Mercedes E350 fraudulently leased in 2008, and a 2014 Camaro ZL1 with illegal paperwork.
If you happen to be the person whose Corvette was stolen in 1988, you might want to check with customs officials to get it back. The cars are now on display in an L.A. warehouse.
The Jaguar owner has already made plans to get his car back, a vehicle for which he paid just $5,000 six months before it was taken.
“I was brokenhearted to say the least,” said the Jag’s owner, Ivan Schneider. “Never in anybody’s lifetime did I think I’d see that car.”
Authorities are still seeking the identity of the thief or thieves, as well as the names of the four rightful owners.
Experts say it’s a good idea to always keep a record of the serial number, hide a signature marker on the vehicle, and have it insured to make sure you could have a happy ending if your car is ever stolen.
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