Stolen Jaguar wheeled back to owner 46 years later

2014-09-18 20:51
US Customs and Border Protection, public affairs liaison chief, Lee Ann Harty, shows the interior of a classic British roadster, a 1967 Jaguar XK-E convertible that was stolen 46 years ago to his original owner, car collector Ivan Schneider via video

US Customs and Border Protection, public affairs liaison chief, Lee Ann Harty, shows the interior of a classic British roadster, a 1967 Jaguar XK-E convertible that was stolen 46 years ago to his original owner, car collector Ivan Schneider via video

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - At age 82, Ivan Schneider had given up on finding his luxury Jaguar stolen 46 years ago, until it was recovered on a cargo ship destined for Holland on Thursday.

"This is just a miracle, a miracle. I was 36 years old then and now I'm 82," said the now-retired Schneider after California customs agents told him the good news.

"Never in anybody's lifetime would I think I would see this car again," he added.

His two-door 1967 XKE Jaguar convertible was stolen outside his home on the night of 13 March 1968. It was worth $5 000 at the time.

Today, despite years' worth of dings, scratches and a few rust spots, the car is priced at $23 600.

In top shape, the vintage wheels could fetch around $100 000 in today's market.

The cargo ship had already sailed out of California's Long Beach Port when authorities ran a routine stolen car scan and discovered the bootlegged Jaguar along with four other stolen vehicles.

Schneider, a luxury car enthusiast, has since owned several cars, but none as special as his XKE.

"It was my first good car and favourite. It's a wonderful car," said Schneider, who now lives in Florida.

"I used to get up at 04:00 or 05:00 in the morning on either Saturday or Sunday and drive it 90 to 100 [miles per hour] on the highway in New York," he remembered nostalgically.

He promised to be more careful with his newly-recovered ride, and said he looks forward to restoring it to its former beauty.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
23 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.