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Man Gets Stolen Jaguar XK-E Back 46 Years Later

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/20/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Over 45 years after a man's Jaguar XK-E was stolen, authorities found it sitting on a cargo ship on its way to the Netherlands. Just last month, authorities returned the car to its rightful owner, a lawyer who originally purchased the car for $5,000.

1967 Jaguar XK E Stolen© Provided by MotorTrend 1967 Jaguar XK E Stolen

The 1967 XK-E was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Los Angeles along with a slew of other stolen cars.

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The owner of the Jaguar is Ivan Schneider, who lived in Manhattan at the time of the theft. The car, which was stolen outside his apartment, was originally a shiny gray, although the color has since faded. When he last saw the car, it had 6,000 miles, but today, the odometer indicates the car has traveled over 28,000 miles. Despite its condition, customs officials estimate that the car is now worth more than quadruple its original value: $23,600.

The Jaguar XK-E was only produced between 1961 and 1975. Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made."

Schneider, now 82, says he plans on painting and repairing the classic car, a process that could cost as much as $100,000 he says.

Other cars recovered at the Port of Los Angeles include a 1969 Corvette stolen in an Oregon burglary 26 years ago, a 1976 Mercedes involved in a real estate scam in 2002, and a 2007 Mercedes E350 and 2014 Camaro ZL1 that were fraudulently transferred to other customers.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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