At Long Last: Stolen First-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo Found After 23 Years

Call it a lucky break: Customs and Borders Protection officers in Long Beach, California raided a shipping container this week and recovered a first-generation Porsche 911 Turbo that was stolen almost 23 years ago. The Department of Homeland Security says CBP in Long Beach, California, recently inspected a shipping container destined for the officers recently inspected a shipping container in the Long Beach seaport on October 25th that was headed to the Netherlands. Inside, officers found a 1976 911 (930) Turbo. After running the car’s vehicle identification number, they discovered it was reported stolen in November of 1988. The car looks a little worse for the wear. There’s a spot of paint missing from the driver’s front fender, a cracked front valance, and the familiar body-colored headlamp surrounds have dulled to the point where they no longer match the exterior paint hue. Even so, it appears the car still is worth more than its shippers claimed on customs documentation: the value of the car was declared at $12,552, though DHS says that figure is about $15,000 too low. According to the agency, the car will be returned not to the original owner, but to the insurance company that owns the title to it. From there, it’s anyone’s guess where this car may end up. Personally, we hope this car ends up in the hands of another capable driver: when the car was built in 1976, it was gifted with a single-turbo, 3.0-liter flat-six engine putting out 256 horsepower and sent through a shored-up four-speed manual transmission. We do say capable, however: the 930’s rear-engine rear-wheel drive layout and turbo lag gave it the propensity for power and lift-off oversteer. All in all, it’s been a good week for American customs workers, and a bad one for Porsche thieves. Source: Department of Homeland Security

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