We are talking about a dream car, one of the rarest in the world, which was stolen, dismantled in all its parts, to be then reassembled and resold, even crossing the Atlantic Ocean twice, round trip.
She looks like the protagonist of a film, or of an adventure book; but no, this story really happened and among other things ended up at the center of one of the most captivating events on an international level. The machine in question is one of the rarest in the world, in all there are in fact only 16 specimens, it is one Talbot Lago T150Css Teadrop coupe from 1938.
A man, accused of having held this fantastic jewel that is over 80 years old in his hands, was discovered in a Ligurian hotel in the city center of Genoa a few days in a luxurious suite and was arrested just a few days ago. This is a citizen of Switzerland, Christopher C. Gardner, 65 years old born in the USA and wanted by the American authorities for the theft of that car he had resold in 2015 for more than 7 million euros. It all started 20 years ago, back in 2001, when this fantastic and very rare Talbot disappeared from a Milwaukee (United States) workshop. And it was precisely this Gardner who was responsible for the car theft, which was then totally disassembled and fixed, kept in a warehouse until 2005, when the owner died.
In that year the thief, feeling ‘free’ to use his jewel, falsified the car documents, making it appear that he bought it from the deceased person’s nephew, in a completely regular way. Gardner himself returned to Milwaukee to speak to the police, communicating directly to the agents that the car for which theft had been reported a few years earlier had been found and therefore he was the rightful owner (showing the documents, obviously false).
And so the police clearly concluded the search for that car, which the thief took first to Switzerland and then to France to have it restored, putting it up for sale in 2015, bought for more than 7 million euros. In 2019 the American authorities they found out what happened and an arrest warrant was issued for Gardner, who disappeared until a few days ago, found in Genoa (he risks 30 years in prison) and arrested.
Source: Virgilio Motori by motori.virgilio.it.
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