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Test-drive drama as ‘buyer’ disappears with rare Ferrari

Time 10:09 am, May 16, 2019

A MAN is on the run after stealing a rare 1980s Ferrari during a test drive in Germany.

Police are currently looking for the thief, who responded to a classified advert for the car in Dusseldorf and asked to try it out.

The seller obliged and accompanied the ‘buyer’ as they took to the road – but when the pair stopped to swap seats, the thief left the seller by the side of the road after he’d got out of the car and accelerated away.


It is unclear whether the sale was private or through a dealership.

The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO was advertised as once having belonged to former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine, who raced for Ferrari between 1996 and 1999. It is said to be worth around £1.75m.

The car was later recovered, and the police have appealed to the public for information.

Picture: Dusseldorf Police


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Darren is a staff writer for Car Dealer parent company Blackball Media. He has been writing about cars for eight years and tests all the latest models on sale, with previous experience at Car Throttle and DriveTribe.

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