Australian police reunite stolen Holden Torana with its 74-year-old owner after 28 years
The bright pink muscle car – dubbed 'Sexy Lexy' – was reunited with its ever-hopeful owner after 28 years.
Victoria Police's Vehicle Crime Squad detectives have helped make one lady's dreams come true when yesterday they reunited 74-year old Carol with her 1973 Holden Torana that was stolen all the way back in 1992.
The genuine bright pink Torana GTR XU1 – a car now worth over $150,000 – was discovered as part of an investigation into a vehicle re-birthing syndicate which would restore and modify stolen performance cars, including altering the VIN, before passing them off as genuine to unsuspecting buyers.
After years of painstaking work into uncovering and busting the syndicate, Detective Senior Constable Brett Florence – a noted car enthusiast himself who headed the investigation into the syndicate when he was attached to the Vehicle Crime Squad in 2014 – was able to get in touch with one of these unsuspecting buyers who had bought a number of the unknowingly stolen cars the syndicate had sold between 2008 and 2011, and one of those he'd purchased was Carol's XU1.
And so, after the car was finally found, Carol – who used to rally drive the Torana which she had affectionately dubbed 'Sexy Lexy' as indicated by its original number plates seen in the shot below – was finally reunited with it after 28 long years in a reunion that Detective Florence said was extremely satisfying to see.
"This car was stolen from Carol nearly three decades ago and I don’t think a day has gone by that she hasn’t wished for a miracle that it be found," said Detective Florence.
"Carol attended court every day dressed in pink to represent the love she has for her car. This was a complex investigation that saw a syndicate take advantage of a man who had a love for cars, so it’s also great to see him receive compensation for his losses.
"As a car enthusiast myself, I am very happy to see the smile on Carol’s face as we watch her drive off in her beloved Torana. It also makes the long hours put into complex investigations like this, worth it to get a result such as this one."
In September 2016, a Parkville man in his 50s was charged with making false documents, including perjury and deception offences in relation to the re-birthing syndicate, and was handed a two year suspended sentence last month in addition to being ordered by the court to pay $560,000 in compensation to the victim who had purchased the vehicles such as Carol's Torana from him.