When you have a classic car and you need to sell it, caution is one of the things that is the main priority, and with cars like a 288 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) you shouldn`t be any less careful.
A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO worth $2.2 Million was stolen in Dusseldorf, Germany last Monday during a test drive. The person that stole the prized car pretended to be an interested buyer wanting to take the million dollar car for a test drive. The 'buyer' & the owner had arranged for a test drive so this wasn`t a last-minute thing. The thief knew what he was doing, the trap had been set.
At some point during the test drive the owner of the car got out to swap places in the Ferrari, and once the thief was in the driver's seat, without thinking twice he hit the pedal to the metal and left the owner of the 288 GTO eating the Prancing Horse`s dust. Police were unable to find the car and they appealed to the public for help.
It was a pretty hard task since the the car in question is a pretty rare homologation special produced by Ferrari from 1984 to 1987. It’s powered by a 395hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V8 engine, with the power unit being mounted longitudinally. Only 272 of these exist, since Ferrari, wanting to participate on the new Group B, had to build at least 200 cars as a requirement for the series although they never took off due to low participation in the '200 cars built' requirement, so Ferrari instead repurposed them as road cars.
However this Prancing Horse never got away from the country; the car in question was just found on Tuesday in the nearby Grevenbroich area, where it was hidden in a garage. While a bright red Ferrari is hard to miss, the rarity of the car was likely known to the criminal who may have made plans for it to be exported rapidly.
Police are still seeking the thief and released a picture on Wednesday of a middle-aged man, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.