Ferrari stolen from F1 driver Gerhard Berger in 1995 is recovered by U.K. police

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LONDON — A very accelerated car has made a very slow return.

British constabulary said Monday that they person recovered a Ferrari stolen from Austrian Formula One driver Gerhard Berger successful Italy almost 3 decades ago.

The reddish Ferrari F512M was 1 of 2 sports cars taken while their drivers were successful Imola for nan San Marino Grand Prix successful April 1995.

 Gerhard Berger Gerhard Berger of Scuderia Ferrari successful Montreal successful June 1995. Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images

Neither was ever found, until London’s Metropolitan Police unit was tipped disconnected by nan shaper successful January that a Ferrari successful nan process of being sold to a U.S. purchaser by a U.K. agent had been flagged arsenic a stolen vehicle.

The force’s Organized Vehicle Crime Unit investigated and recovered nan car had been brought to Britain from Japan successful precocious 2023. Officers seized nan car, which nan unit said is weighted astatine adjacent to $444,000.

“Our inquiries were painstaking and included contacting authorities from astir nan world,” said Constable Mike Pilbeam, who led nan investigation.

 A Ferrari F512MA Ferrari F512M recovered 28 years aft it was stolen from erstwhile Formula One driver Gerhard Berger.Metropolitan Police via AP

“We worked quickly pinch partners including nan National Crime Agency, arsenic good arsenic Ferrari and world car dealerships, and this collaboration was instrumental successful knowing nan vehicle’s inheritance and stopping it from leaving nan country.”

No 1 has been arrested, and nan 2nd stolen Ferrari remains missing.

Ferrari manufactured 501 of nan F512M exemplary betwixt 1994 and 1996. The car has a apical velocity of 196 miles per hour.