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Stolen car alert: 1977 Porsche 911 SC remains missing a year later

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Image courtesy Michele Monticello.

Despite the shuttering of the police investigation into the theft of Michele Monticello’s Porsche, Monticello remains committed to finding the car a year after it went missing.

“Unfortunately they gave up looking quite soon,” Monticello said of London’s Metropolitan Police, which took the report on her car’s theft last June but earlier this month notified Monticello via letter that the investigation has closed.

“At this stage, we do not have sufficient evidence to proceed further, which means we must close the case,” the May 22 letter read.

According to Monticello, the silver 1977 Porsche 911 SC – registration number FUS656S – “came with a sports pack front spoiler and whale tail, Bilstein Shocks and stainless steel sports exhaust. The interior is a charcoal pinstripe, it has a mono steering wheel, a short shift gear stick approx 97k on the clock, and sits/sat on 16-inch Fuchs. It has periscope washers on the front bumper.”

Monticello bought the car with original body and paint work in 2014 and had it parked outside his house in preparation for a trip to Italy.

“I check on the car at 1am in the morning and was due to leave at 5am; when I got up the car was gone,” Monticello said. “I did not have an alarm or tracker, the only security I had was a steering lock, the sports exhaust was quite raspy and if the car had been started outside the house it would have made a lot of noise and neighbours would probably have heard something.”

Monticello also provided the VIN (9118300433), the engine number (6380757), and the gearbox number (7181156), and has posted a £10,000 reward for its return.

The Metropolitan Police, in its letter to Monticello, noted that the Porsche’s registration number has been entered in the U.K.’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition system and that the car has been flagged as stolen with the U.K.’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. “Every year we reopen thousands of crimes as the result of new evidence coming to light,” the letter read.

If anybody has any information on the whereabouts of the car, let us know and we’ll pair you with Monticello.