Posted Jan 8th 2013 1:30PM
Popular swimsuit model and TV host Jessica Barton is every enthusiast's dream come true, as this car-crazy hottie has an insane passion for fast cars and racing. Barton owns (or did own) a killer quick 1,200 horsepower Toyota Supra she custom built that was capable of covering a quarter mile in just 8.64 seconds... that is until it was stolen last week in Waterford, FL.
When her race car was discovered missing, Barton quickly alerted authorities and took to social media to spread the word among her fans and fellow car enthusiasts. She even offered a $5,000 cash reward towards its safe return. Barton didn't wait around for police to take action either, she dropped everything to visit local speed shops to ask questions while looking around their premises.
Her investigation was successful when she found a local scrap yard that had just cut up a Toyota Supra with no VIN. Unfortunately, it was a tad too late for her precious Toyota to escape the greedy hands of the thieves, as Barton later shared photos online of her car found hacked to pieces and stripped of its most valuable parts. The reward has since climbed to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits as well as recovery of the pricey parts.
"My car has been built over the past eight years and I have $100,000 invested into it," said Barton over the phone." And to hear people on the internet saying it's an insurance scam enrages me, I poured everything into that car."
Her legendary street-legal Supra had just ran it's fastest drag time ever on Sunday deep into the 8's. The motor had just been refreshed to the tune of $15,000 in addition to another $8,000 spent on the paint for the car that Barton stated she wanted to keep forever.
Many still remain hopeful that the thieves will get caught, as its easily recognizable parts will be a tough sell such as the 1 of 5 in the world Precision Turbo 88-91 turbines or the rare MoTeC ECU. We feel the pain of Barton's terrible loss and hope spreading the word of this horrendous theft helps bring these low-lifes some swift and severe internet justice.
Click here to see pictures of what is left of the once killer Supra.
Image Credit: Turbonetics / Jessica Barton / Facebook
News Source: Yahoo / Instagram