Porsche 930 Turbo: stolen 23 years ago, recovered by Customs

This slightly tattered 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo, stripped of its engine, was seized for return to the insurance company, which owns the title.


Alert officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection saved a long-stolen 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo from being shipped from Long Beach to the Netherlands.

The CBP announced Oct. 25 that the Outbound Enforcement Team at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport discovered the car in a container to be exported to the Netherlands.

In a check of the Vehicle Identification Number, it was learned the vehicle was reported stolen Las Vegas in Nov. 1988.

The seized vehicle’s manifest was valued at $12,552, but Customs import specialists pegged the value – without the engine – at about $27,552.


Nevada authorities confirmed the record for the stolen Porsche was still active. The slightly tattered car, stripped of its engine, was seized for return to the insurance company, which owns the title.
The seized vehicle’s manifest was valued at $12,552, but Customs import specialists peg the value – without the engine – at about $27,552.
From October, 2010, to August, 2011, the CBP agents at the Long Beach Seaport seized 51 vehicles and 49 engines heading overseas. Of that total: 24 were stolen, 63 were undeclared, seven were undervalued and six had fraudulent documents. The combined estimated value is $1.8 million.

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard