In Summary
  • The suspect had expressed interest in buying a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, police in the German city of Düsseldorf say.
  • He turned up by taxi to the dealership and two hours later, on a test drive, it was time to swap drivers.
  • But when the seller stepped out of the car, the would-be buyer quickly hit the accelerator and vanished. The car was later found in a garage.
  • Luckily for investigators, the distinctive car - in bright Italian "Rosso Corsa" red - attracted so much attention that it was quickly found on Tuesday evening after police appealed for witnesses.

An opportunistic car "collector" used a test drive to make off with a Ferrari worth €2 million (£1.7 million; $2.2 million; Sh222 million).

The suspect had expressed interest in buying a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, police in the German city of Düsseldorf say.

He turned up by taxi to the dealership and two hours later, on a test drive, it was time to swap drivers.

But when the seller stepped out of the car, the would-be buyer quickly hit the accelerator and vanished. The car was later found in a garage.

'HISTORIC VEHICLE'

Police say the "historic vehicle" with 43,000km (27,000 miles) on the clock should be valued at more than €2 million.

A listing for the car on the dealer's website says it once belonged to former Northern Ireland Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine – who raced for Ferrari between 1996 and 1999.

Similar vehicles are frequently listed with prices around £1.5–2 million, or above $3 million in the US. They are often sold through specialist auctions at the likes of Sotheby's.

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