Man steals R32m Ferrari on test drive in Germany

15 May 2019 - 18:38
By afp
A Ferrari 288 GTO vintage car is being pulled on a tow truck on May 15 2019 in Grevenbroich, western Germany, after the stolen vehicle was discovered in a garage. A man stole the Ferrari during a test drive on May 13 2019 in Neuss near Duesseldorf.
Image: Dieter STANIEK / dpa / AFP A Ferrari 288 GTO vintage car is being pulled on a tow truck on May 15 2019 in Grevenbroich, western Germany, after the stolen vehicle was discovered in a garage. A man stole the Ferrari during a test drive on May 13 2019 in Neuss near Duesseldorf.

German police launched a search on Wednesday for a man who during a test drive of a vintage Ferrari worth over two million euros (R32m) sped off with the luxury sports car.

Police issued a wanted picture of the burly man wearing glasses and a dark blue blazer who made off with the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO on Monday in Duesseldorf.

The car, painted in classic Italian racing red, was recovered a day later in a garage where the thief had tried to hide it, but the suspect remained at large.

The theft happened as the would-be buyer and seller stopped to swap drivers.

While the car seller was outside the vehicle, the man slammed his foot on the accelerator of the 400-horsepower vehicle and roared off down a country road.

The man, who had described himself as a car collector, had arrived for the test drive by taxi.