Like a barn find, Lost Supercars is an exciting idea. It intrigues us for many reasons, but one of them is whether we can be the ones to stumble upon the legendary treasure. A 1987 Ferrari Mondial has been less missing since June 2017, after a car stolen more than two decades ago was found by a team of Dutch divers in an Amsterdam canal.
The 1987 Ferarri Mondial is deep – really deep
According to The Drive, a red 1987 Ferrari Mondial was stolen and nowhere to be found. In 1994 the Dutch police stopped the manhunt and the owner was given insurance to buy another wheel chock that was suitable for his age.
1987 Ferrari Mondial found after 26 years underwater | The Drive
Fast forward 26 years: in 2017, a unit of the Dutch fire service’s diving team was training on the IJ River in Amsterdam when the divers spotted something that looked a little out of place. When the strange red object was finally pulled out of the swamp, they confirmed that it was a stolen and missing Ferrari. I doubt you could call it a barn find, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.
Ferrari was found, but not by.
Before authorities could pull the Mondial out of the canal, the police, fire brigade and the Ministry of Defence were called in to recover the supercar. According to The Drive, all three teams worked on the 8. Juli managed to bring the car back to Earth and confirm its origin.
APPROPRIATE: A stolen million-dollar Ferrari F40 has been recovered in Japan.
Authorities have linked the VIN and description of the Ferrari to an unsolved case from 1994. Unfortunately, 26 years of hiding has stripped the Ferrari of any evidence that could link the theft to the thief. Investigators were able to conclude that no violent crime had been committed in the supercar.
After the investigation was closed, with no further evidence, the case was officially closed and the crashed and flooded Ferrari was returned to the owner/insurer.
Leave it to Amsterdam to get the best out of a Ferrari.
The insurance company that owned the car at the time planned to scrap the rusty red carcass. Locals have requested that the Ferrari be brought back to be displayed in the aquarium of the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, as an aquatic version of the barn find. Aquariums are examples of officially destroyed waterways and their impact on local marine life. Given that Ferarri has been a legitimate part of this environment for 26 years, she seems more in place and much cooler than all the other junk on display at the Aquarium.
Who knew a junkyard owner could be sentimental?
At the time of the original post in 2017, we did not know what fate awaited the crashed Ferrari. Drive has since updated his post with the updated location of the Water Ferrari. In a message to The Drive in 2020, the owner of the junkyard where the Ferrari ended up said: We currently have the car on display at our facility. There is a lot of interest in the car. In whole and in part.
There are a lot of rules about what they can do with Mondial, as the owner said: The problem is that you can’t sell the car as a package. However, if it can go to a museum, the government will make an exception and allow the car to be sold en bloc. If we don’t find a museum willing to exhibit the car, we will be forced to dismantle it. Most parts can’t be used on another car, but many collectors are willing to buy parts to collect or make furniture out of. Like the engine, they want to repair it and turn it into a table with a glass top.