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Rare Porsche stolen 23 years ago snagged by U.S. customs agents

Justin Hyde
October 29, 2011


On Nov. 24, 1988, thieves in Las Vegas stole this rare 1976 Porsche 930. On Tuesday, U.S. customs officers found it -- just as it was being smuggled out of the country, headed for the Netherlands.

The 930 was Porsche's first turbocharged 911 model, with a then-astonishing 234 hp hanging under the 911's whale tail, pushing Ferry Porsche's signature coupe to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.

This particular version was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Outbound Enforcement Team at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, with a value of $12,552 on its manifest. A check of the car's ID number revealed the still-open theft case, and although the 930 lost its engine and gained some rear jack-itude during life on the lam, its still valued at $27,552 for the insurance company holding the title. 

While recovering a car two decades after a theft is amazing, shipping stolen vehicles and parts overseas has become commonplace. Between October 2010 and August 2011, U.S. customs agents seized 51 cars and 49 engines heading out of the Los Angeles port, worth a total of $1.8 million.