Stolen Jaguar XKE to be returned to owner after 46 years
A 1967 Jaguar XKE stolen and missing for 46 years has been recovered in a shipping container bound for the Netherlands and will be returned to its original owner.
US CUSTOMS AND BORDER protection (CBP) have recovered a 1967 Jaguar XKE missing for 47 years. It will be reunited with its owner, Ivan Schneider, who’s described the discovery as a “miracle”. Stolen 46 years ago in New York, the white (originally Bullet Grey) 1967 Jaguar XKE was discovered by an eagle-eyed customs official while processing the vehicle’s export paperwork – the classic Jaguar was being sent to the Netherlands along with four other stolen vehicles (a 1969 blue Chevrolet Corvette, a 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280, 2007 Mercedes E350, and a 2014 red Chevrolet Camaro ZL1).
The Jaguar’s original owner, Schneider, now living in Florida said: “This is just a miracle, a miracle. I was 36 years old then [when the vehicle was stolen in 1968] and now I’m 82. It was my first good car and favorite […] I bought it brand new. I had it less than a year. I’m going to restore it”.
When Schneider purchased the 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible it was priced at USD$5000 while today, due to its unloved condition, it’s value has been estimated at around USD$24,000 (or AUD$26,000). However, Jaguar XKEs in good condition have sold in excess of $100,000.