UPDATE: Roger Waters’ Stolen Ferrari Daytona Found Torched
Two classic Ferraris were boosted last week in a cinema-worthy heist. Now, both have turned up… in ashes.
At 3:40 AM on Friday, Nov. 6, someone rammed the roll-up door of Hughes Supercar Services in Braeside, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. When they left a few minutes later, they took a 1986 Ferrari 328 and a 1973 GTB/4 Ferrari Daytona. By Monday, both had turned up, both burned to the ground.
In fairness, a 328 on fire is not world news. They do that all by themselves, thanks to a lot of heat from the mid-engine V8 (and some sketchy fuel fittings). The Daytona, though—that’s a different matter.
This GTB/4, Chassis No. 16605, was originally delivered to The Right Honourable Lady Hesketh of Northamptonshire, she of James Hunt/Hesketh Racing fame. ( Hunt is rumored to have driven it). It later went on to Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters; then was given by Mohammed Al-Fayed to his son Dodi, shortly before Dodi and Princess Diana died in 1997. It had been imported into Australia in 2000 by restaurateur Enzo Ceravolo, who was having it prepared for the Motorclassica concours and show. A multi-year restoration was just completed weeks ago.
The Daytona turned up first, the day after the theft, followed by the 348 (which appears to be a Spider) early Monday. I’m not alone in originally thinking the thieves didn’t realize they took a high-profile collector car with ownership pedigree, and wanted to eliminate as much evidence as possible.
But that theory doesn’t seem to fit the facts. “The thieves [sic] spent a bit over 4 minutes preparing two cars to be stolen, as they were both in minor states of disrepair,” the shop’s Phil Hughes posted on Facebook. “The Daytona was stolen with no alternator or regulator fitted so it can't be driven far, the 328 had had a flat battery and was in the process of being charged up.” Someone clearly knew what condition they were both in and had planned on making a quick getaway.
Further, the 328 was spotted nearby unattended, but then disappeared again before the police arrive. Rumors are swirling in the Ferrari community that there’s a lot more to the story to come, and Hughes has reportedly said it’s more than just a simple theft gone wrong. We’ll be watching closely for more developments.