Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ car Recovered 19 Years After it was Stolen

Mark Deming
Movie Talk
The '65 red Chevy in 'Pulp Fiction'
The '65 red Chevy in 'Pulp Fiction'

As Vincent Vega said in "Pulp Fiction," "What's more chickens--- than [messing] with a man's automobile? I mean, don't [mess] with another man's vehicle."

Quentin Tarantino wrote those words and may be saying them again today, but with a bit more of a smile on his face than when John Travolta bitterly spat them out for his cameras in 1994.

Police in Victorville, California, have recovered the iconic red 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu that Travolta's character drove in "Pulp Fiction." The Malibu was owned by Tarantino himself, but it was stolen during the latter stages of the film's production, and hadn't been seen since.

Film fans will remember the Malibu as the car Vincent Vega drove on his night out with Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) that involved dinner, dancing, and a near fatal drug overdose.

On April 18, Deputy Carlos Arrieta of the Victorville Sheriff's Station was called out to check on suspicious activity, and at 7:45 pm he discovered two men stripping an older car near a Victorville elementary school. After taking the vandals into custody, Arrieta ran a check on the Vehicle Information Number for the auto, and discovered it has been altered. Arrieta's investigation eventually revealed that the car was in fact Tarantino's vintage Malibu, and had recently been purchased by a man in Northern California, unaware the vehicle was stolen goods.

Sgt. Albert Anolin of the Victorville Sheriff's station praised Arrieta, saying, "Deputy Arrieta did a really good job with this case. He took what many would've seen as a minor case and followed it through until it broke this much larger case."

Tarantino, like Vincent Vega, might want to see some justice done to the men who stole his car, but he doesn't have many legal options at this time, since the statute of limitations has run out to prosecute car theft in California. However, one of the figures involved in the case may be charged as part of a larger fraud investigation still being conducted by California law enforcement authorities. No word if Jules Winfield has been brought in to discuss the deeper meanings of Ezekiel 25:17 with the suspect.