A lawyer whose 1967 Jaguar XK-E was stolen outside his Manhattan apartment 46 years ago says he plans to completely restore the classic two-seater after customs officials found it on a cargo ship en route to the Netherlands.
Last month, Ivan Schneider got a call from the agency informing him of the discovery.
“Who would figure a car would show up 45 years later," Schneider, 82, said.
The other cars recovered through the operation included a 1969 Corvette taken during a burglary in Portland, Ore., 26 years ago, a 1976 Mercedes 280 fraudulently obtained through a real estate scam in 2002, a 2007 Mercedes E350 fraudulently leased in Glendale in 2008 and a 2014 Camaro ZL1 with illegal paperwork.
They were all put on display Wednesday inside a Carson warehouse.
Schneider said he plans to have the Jaguar shipped to New York for painting and restoration, which he expects to cost as much as $100,000.
He purchased the car for $5,000 after winning a big case. The car was painted a shiny gray and shaped like “a bullet,” Schneider said, with a sleek body and oversized headlights.
In its current condition, the Jag is worth about $23,600, according to customs estimates.
Schneider said he hopes the fixes will be made by the end of the year.
“My Christmas gift,” he chuckled.
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