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At Long Last Classic Porsche Stolen From Vegas 23 Years Ago Recovered at L.A. Port This Week

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At long last, the mystery of what happened to a classic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo stolen from Vegas in 23 years ago is unraveling.The classic cherry red car was set to be shipped to the Netherlands, but customs officers checked the car's vehicle identification number and found out that it matched a report of a car being stolen from Vegas in 1988, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In those intervening decades, someone — or several people — had fun with the car. It had quite a few miles on the odometer. Records show it has been registered since 1988 in New Jersey, Florida and Washington state, but none of those agencies figured out it was stolen. It took the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to finally find the car.

There are still quite a few more lingering mysteries, such as who stole it and whether its most recent owner — or the owner-to-be in the Netherlands — knew it was stolen. The car is missing its engine, too. With it's engine, it could go for $70,000. Right now the car is registered to the insurance company that reimbursed the car's original owner.