Posted Sep 18th 2014 7:00PM
A classic 1967 Jaguar E-Type roadster that was reported stolen in New York over 46 years ago has finally been recovered by United States Custom Border Protection officers in Los Angeles. Authorities delivered the good news to its rightful owner, 82-year-old Ivan Schneider who says, "It's a miracle. I never thought I'd see the car again. Who would believe a car would show up 45 years later like this?"
According to reports, Schneider originally bought his Jaguar "dream car" back when he was just 35-years-old. Unfortunately, he didn't get to enjoy it for long, as the then newly successful trial lawyer living in Manhattan reported his beloved 1967 Jaguar E-Type missing the night of May 13, 1968.
With each passing decade, Schneider's hopes and dreams of ever being reunited with his car faded further away... Until now. Sadly, the beige-coloured convertible (which was in near-mint condition the night it was taken), is now rusted and worn down, with a brown mismatched door, damaged roof and covered in scratches accumulated over the years. But Schneider vows he's willing to "spend as much as it takes" to restore it and enjoy it once the Jaguar is officially shipped back to him.
The stolen 1967 Jaguar convertible was discovered at the Long Beach seaport complex near Los Angeles by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was seized as part of a Netherlands-bound car shipment container along with several other recovered vehicles including two Mercedes, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette and a brand new Chevrolet Camaro.
While this event took 46 years to happen, we couldn't be happier for Schneider and his recently reacquired collector car. Click here to watch the full video report below.