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Formula One race winner Gerhard Berger’s stolen Ferrari found in London after missing for 28 years

A £350,000 Ferrari stolen from Formula One Grand Prix winner Gerhard Berger has been found after 28 years.

The red F512M was taken at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Italy, in April 1995.

Berger – a ten-times Grand Prix winner – caught the thieves in the act and gave chase in a VW Golf.


However, the Ferrari out paced the pursuers and disappeared for three decades.

Then in 2023, Scotland Yard was called on to investigate the sale of a Ferrari F512M.

Officers from the Organised Vehicle Crime Unit discovered the car had been shipped to Japan shortly after being stolen.

It later returned to the UK.

Checks were carried out on a Ferrari being bought by an American through a British broker.

They revealed the car belong to Berger.

The police quickly seized the vehicle to stop it leaving the UK.

Pc Mike Pilbeam, who led the investigation, said:

“The stolen Ferrari, close to the value of £350,000, was missing for more than 28 years before we managed to track it down in just four days.

“Our enquiries were painstaking and included contacting authorities from around the world.

“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.”





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