Potential buyer turns test drive for vintage $2.2 million Ferrari into grand theft auto

A man answering an advertisement turned up for a sales appointment Monday and then sped off in the $2.2 million vintage Ferrari.
The Monday, May 13, 2019 photo provided by the police in Duesseldorf shows the Ferrari 288 GTO. German police have recovered a valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are now searching for the man who is believed to have sped off with the car while posing as a would-be buyer. The red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in 1985, is believed to be worth more than 2 million euros ($2.2 million).

BERLIN – When someone wants to test drive the vehicle you're selling you're very cautious. Right? Especially when the car is worth $2.2 million.

Yet, German police recovered a valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are searching for the man believed to have sped off with the car while posing as a would-be buyer.

The red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in 1985, is believed to be worth more than $2.2 million. A man answering an advertisement turned up for a sales appointment in Duesseldorf on Monday, then sped off with the vehicle when the seller got out of the car to swap places during a test drive.

The Ferrari was recovered Tuesday in the nearby Grevenbroich area, where it was hidden in a garage. Police are still seeking the thief and released a picture Wednesday of a middle-aged man, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Potential buyer turns test drive for vintage $2.2 million Ferrari into grand theft auto