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Ferrari Stolen From Formula One Driver in 1995 Recovered by Police Nearly 30 Years Later

Ferrari Stolen From Formula One Driver in 1995 Recovered by Police Nearly 30 Years Later

When a Ferrari gets stolen, it makes headlines. But if you want even bigger headlines, recover one that’s been lost for nearly 30 years.

Gerhard Berger, an Austrian Formula One driver, had a Ferrari stolen from while he was in Italy. British police, though, came to the rescue for the win. The red Ferrari F512M happened to be one of two sports cars stolen. This took place while their drivers were in Imola in April 1995 for the San Marino Grand Prix.

Both of these cars were simply presumed lost. That was until London’s Metropolitan Police crew received a tip from the manufacturer in January. They told them that a Ferrair which was about to be sold to a United States buyer from a United Kingdom broker was flagged for being a stolen vehicle.

Probe Shows Ferrari Was Taken To Japan

So, the Organized Vehicle Crime Unit did an investigation and discovered the Ferrari was brought to Great Britain from Japan in late 2023. Officers got the car, which was valued at $444,00 The Associated Press reports.

Berger, 64, is originally from Worgl, Austria. He was married to Ana Corvo from 1995 to 2013 and they had two children, Heidi and Sara Maria. Berger was a driver in 14 Formula One seasons and finished third overall twice in the Formula One championship. Both times that was while driving for Ferrari. Berger captured 10 Grand Prix races, got to 48 podiums, had 12 pole positions, and 21 fastest laps.

“Our inquiries were painstaking and included contacting authorities from around the world,” Constable Mike Pilbeam, who led the investigation, said. “We worked quickly with partners including the National Crime Agency, as well as Ferrari and international car dealerships, and this collaboration was instrumental in understanding the vehicle’s background and stopping it from leaving the country.”

No arrests have been made at this time. What about a second Ferrari? No dice. it is still missing. Between 1994-96, Ferrari put together 501 cars of the F512M model. It has a top speed of 196 miles per hour out on the road.

Ferraris Stolen As Owners Miss Them

This theft was pretty much a challenge to complete, according to The New York Times. Dave North of Wayne, N.J., a Ferrari expert and a member of the Ferrari Club of America, Empire State Region, said, “It takes a lot of nerve to steal one. Everyone knows their Ferrari serial number.”

Another Ferrari expert, Stephan Markowski of Nyack, N.Y., has worked on the Ferraris for a long time. He had a theory about the car’s enduring popularity. “I happen to fall right in that perfect age of people who love the Testarossa,” he said. “Miami Vice was on TV, and the Testarossa was that iconic white Miami Vice car.

“It was so ’80s, but it held up remarkably well,” he said. “It’s amazing how well that car has aged.”

Berger apparently had no comment about this situation. Yet one can imagine after all these years, he gets his Ferrari back. As for the second stolen Ferrari, it’s still out there somewhere. Maybe, though, hits and clues on this trail might lead police officers and investigators to the place they need to be.

Well, this F512M version proved to be the last one of the Testarossa. Seventy-five of these cars were made available to the North American market. In total, 501 of these cars happened to have been produced. The F512M fits made a splash in October 1994 at the Paris Salon. As an aside, the last car of this model was built in 1996. The United States models sold were done for the model year 1995.

Those in the know realize that this Ferrari was very special. Owners who have lots of money were more than ready to pick this model up and add it to their collections.