46 years ago Ivan Schneider, successful New York lawyer, bought himself a beautiful Jaguar convertible.
His two-door 1967 XKE Jaguar convertible was stolen outside his New York City apartment on March 13, 1968. It was worth $5000 at the time.
At age 82, Ivan Schneider, had given up on finding his favourite Jaguar stolen 46 years ago, until it was recovered on a cargo ship destined for the Netherlands.
“This is just a miracle, I think I would never see this car again. 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.
The car was recovered at the Port of Long Beach by the California Highway Patrol along with four other cars in a container en route to the Netherlands.
Today, the car is worth $23,600, and not the $100,000 such a model car can fetch, because it has scratches and a few rust spots, officials said.
He promised to be more careful with his newly-recovered ride, and said he looks forward to restoring it to its former beauty.