The 'Dug Up" Ferrari....
I just got this story in email. Though it is not about a Ford, it is a fascinating story that I had never heard before.
I did some "digging" up of information regarding this car and what is reported below in quotes is not entirely accurate. According to the stories in Jalopnik, the car was stolen from a couple some years before who had gone out to dinner and it was stolen while they ate. Another interesting thing about this story that the pictures show that the windshield appears to be totally intact when they pulled it out of the ground. The Jalopnik story says the windshield was smashed, so if that was the case, something must have hit that windshield as they lifted it out of the trench. Another interesting thing is how did the thieves manage to dig a hole like that and put that car in the ground without the neighbors seeing was what going on!? Here are a couple of links regarding this car, including a video featuring the man who bought it after it was dug up and still owns it. The second link is a more detailed story about it.
The "Dug Up" Ferrari Video and part of the story.
The rest of the story
I learned some things about this that I did not know. First that there is a woman, who after her death, is buried in her Ferrari here in San Antonio. The burial site is covered over in concrete. Secondly, I never heard this story about the "Dug Up" Ferrari before. Interesting email! This is the original story I received in email. It is not quite accurate in all details apparently.
"We all grow up digging around in sand boxes hoping to strike it rich and find some hidden and valuable ancient treasures. What we typically find is an old Matchbox car or a present left behind by a cat. Either way, it’s very rare to find something desirable. Well, that’s not quite the case with a young group of boys in California . They were digging in their yard when they found something that would make anyone’s jaw drop and their mouth start drooling. These kids were digging in their yard when they came across something big, something metal, and something very very valuable. A buried Ferrari!
The boys actually discovered a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS buried just a few feet under the dirt in their yard. The family had just moved into the house and immediately called authorities who came and roped off the area. A team of investigators arrived and unearthed the very valuable rare car.
After exhuming the Italian sports car, it was obvious that someone had planned on returning to retrieve the vehicle. It was very crudely mummified with towels in the vents and tape on many of the seams however the windows weren’t fully closed causing a lot of interior damage.
Farmers Insurance was contacted and because of the VIN number they traced the last owner. After the investigation, it turns out that the owner of the car had actually hired thieves (this part was later refuted in the Jalopnik story) to steal the car and dump it in the ocean so he could claim insurance on it. The thieves buried the car with the intention of returning to pick it up.
The buried Ferrari was then auctioned off after being on display with the incredible story being reported across the nation. It was purchased by a young mechanic who owned his own shop in California. The going price was estimated to be between $5,000 and $9,000, that he paid for the car.
He fully restored the buried Ferrari and often enters the car into car shows. Here are the pictures of the car after the complete restoration. His initial investment is now worth in the millions!
Everything on the car has been restored to the exact factory condition. However, this car comes with some incredible history and an awesome story.
The car even has a vanity plate which reads “DUG UP”. How perfect is that?
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