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The stolen Jaguar XKE was detected by US Border Protection and Customs officers

The stolen Jaguar XKE was detected by US Border Protection and Customs officers

The stolen Jaguar XKE was detected by US Border Protection and Customs officers

Forty-six years after the first really nice car Ivan Schneider ever owned disappeared from in front of his New York City building, the Jaguar convertible is coming home.

Running a routine check at the Port of Long Beach, California Highway Patrol identified the 1967 Jaguar XKE as stolen.

The problem: it was already on a cargo ship, headed for Europe. More than two months later, the car is back in southern California.

After a lifetime of owning luxury cars, 82-year-old Mr Schneider said in an interview from his Florida home that he always remembered the Jag as the "prettiest" he had bought.

Decades later, it is far from pristine. His plan is to refurbish it for Sunday drives.

PA Media