German police seek rare Ferrari worth millions after test drive theft

German police recover valuable Ferrari, search for thief

German police recover valuable Ferrari, search for thief

Police in the German city of Dusseldorf are hunting a auto thief who took off with a rare Ferrari worth over $3m during a test drive.

German police launched a search Wednesday (May 15) for a man who during a test drive of a vintage Ferrari worth over two million euros (S$3.07 million) sped off with the luxury sports vehicle. Only when then dealer rep exited the vehicle, the perp hit the gas and took off with the 288 GTO, valued at more than $2 million.

He and the seller went on a test drive, during which the seller got out of the auto to swap places with the would-be buyer.

The theft occurred on Tuesday when a would-be vehicle shopper arrived by taxi at a Düsseldorf dealership to inspect a Ferrari 288 GTO the lot had up for sale. Just 272 were produced between 1984 and 1987 to obtain homologation to compete in the nascent Group B Circuit Race, a road racing version of the popular Group B Rally circuit.

The Ferrari was recovered Tuesday in the nearby Grevenbroich area, where it was hidden in a garage. "It is like a famous painting - most people would find it quite easy to identify, and it would be very hard to sell".