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#1 CCX

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 05:15 PM

I'm writing an article currently for my uni course looking at the rise in classic car thefts and how it affects people. Because I used to own a Mini I know how attached we get to our cars, and the threat of having mine stolen was always a terrifying thought. Have any of you had a Mini - or any car which meant a lot to you - stolen - and how did it affect you? I would really appreciate it if you could share the emotions you went through. To many people cars are just transportation devices, so I want to raise awareness of just how emotionally involved we get with our cars. 

 

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#2 1968cooper

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 03:45 PM

Six years ago I purchased had a Land Rover 90 pickup from a niebour it had an engine problem regarding cooling system pressurising. I completely stripped and rebuilt the engine replacing pistons/bearings/valves spent a fortune but problem persisted. Had the engine out and stripped down twice before resolving, turned out to be a hairline crack in cylinder wall only visible when heat applied with a blowtorch. 

Once sorted I went to town on this car constructed a special unique top which retained the pickup cab with a modified hard top back and rear door, Although I say so myself it looked great.

After all new wheels/tyres/brakes and back from a new mot road tax and a full tank of fuel, I parked it locked on my drive.

Following morning GONE I was completely devastated I had spent all my spare time over the previous two years working on this car, representing hundreds of hours and considerable expense.

Worse was to come, apparently the car had been used by thieving scum in a ram raid and had been found in a field a mile from my home completely burnt out. I went to have a look and I wish I hadn’t there was not a single item salvageable, even the engine had melted in the intense heat. I cried, and I am unable remove that image from my head, it has change my feelings towards the human race, I generally do not like people anymore.

I have since invested many hours and cost restoring my 68 mini cooper but wont use it for fear of leaving it unattended. I am now contemplating restoring my mini countryman thinking perhaps I may use that, but wonder if old desirable cars are a target for lowlife thieves. Sorry if my tale has depressed you but emotional involvement certainly.



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 07:52 PM

I bought a stolen clubby estate once, well to be entirely clear I bought it off the bloke who had it stolen!!

 

Story is the guy had this clubby and it was stolen out of his garage, it was then sold to an unsuspecting buyer who bought in good faith and subsequently did a load of work to it.  This guy then registered the car in his name, as it was flagged up as a stolen car the police took it off him and returned it to the rightful owner.

 

The unsuspecting buyer lost the car and the money and time he spent on it.

 

The original owner lost interest  in and i ended up buying it.



#4 CCX

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 10:13 PM

Thank you both very much for posting your experiences, didn't enjoy reading either of them I can assure you! But both very helpful, really do appreciate it.






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