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Stolen 1965 Volkswagen van recovered after 35 years

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This thing is pristine. Love to have it.
Stolen 1965 Volkswagen van recovered after 35 years

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By Alan Duke, CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Van stolen in Spokane found in Los Angeles shipping container
Customs checks VIN, finds van was stolen from an auto shop in 1974
Van now worth about $27,000; insurance company is owner

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A 1965 Volkswagen van stolen 35 years ago in Spokane, Washington, was found by customs agents in a shipping container in the Los Angeles port last month, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said.

The blue van, in pristine condition, was bound for Germany along with several vintage Volkswagens, Customs and Border Protection Port Director Todd Hoffman said.

The Arizona company that was shipping the van had no idea the vehicle was stolen from a Spokane auto shop in 1974, Hoffman said.

Customs and Border Protection agents routinely run vehicle identification numbers through the National Insurance Crime Bureau database for all vehicles being loaded on ships for export, he said. They recover stolen vehicles about once a week, but they usually are high-end late-model luxury cars, he said.

While it was likely worth just a few hundred dollars when it was stolen, the VW is now valued at about $27,000, he said.

Allstate Insurance Company, which paid the original owner for the loss decades ago, now owns the van, according to Allstate spokeswoman Megan Brunet.

The insurance company has not decided if it will sell the van at auction -- which is the routine -- or put it to other use because of it's history, she said.

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I had some great times in VW vans back in the '60s! :D :D
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Beautiful :D

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Yep she sure is Beautiful.
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They should offer it back to the orginal owner for the settlement price :idea: Now that would be cool =D>

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The Arizona company that was shipping the van had no idea the vehicle was stolen from a Spokane auto shop in 1974, Hoffman said.
Anyone know who it was?
That kinda sucks for them as well. I am sure they paid a pretty good price for it only to have it taken away!

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Buggydave wrote:
The Arizona company that was shipping the van had no idea the vehicle was stolen from a Spokane auto shop in 1974, Hoffman said.
Anyone know who it was?
That kinda sucks for them as well. I am sure they paid a pretty good price for it only to have it taken away!

You would think a title company would check for those types of things....I would imagine that is why is was going out of the country.
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That's pretty incredible after 35 years! wow! We owned a '65 Kombi, which was pretty neat, but we found wasn't worth a **** to sleep in during winter in Big Bear. Talk about a refrigerator! whoa, that was cold, amplified.....also, the Kombi wans't the best road racing vehicle, though I gave it my best, which doesn't say a whole lot for my common sense at that time. :?

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My dad had a 1960 made into a westy for the family trips to wisconsin.
Customs and Border Protection agents routinely run vehicle identification numbers through the National Insurance Crime Bureau database for all vehicles being loaded on ships for export
Bet they would find more if they would take out routinely and replace it with All
I had a 71 240Z run off 20 years ago.....Just tooo easy for someone to get different papers.

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r erfert wrote:
Customs and Border Protection agents routinely run vehicle identification numbers through the National Insurance Crime Bureau database for all vehicles being loaded on ships for export
Bet they would find more if they would take out routinely and replace it with All
I was thinking the same thing when I read that in the article. I even went back and read that sentence again.

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