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1967 Jaguar XKE Convertible Stolen Decades Ago Seized From Container At Port

LOS ANGELES ( — A classic British sports car was among five cars seized recently by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex.

The 1967 Jaguar XKE sports car was just a year old when it was stolen from its original owner in 1968. At the time, it was a bullet gray color and valued at $5,000.

In its current fair condition, the convertible sports car is worth about $23,600, but others in better condition can command near $100,000, customs officials said.

The car, along with a stolen 1969 blue Chevrolet Corvette and fraudulently obtained 1976 light brown and 2007 white Mercedes models 280 and E350, respectively, and a 2014 red Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, were in a container that was being shipped to the Netherlands.

The Jaguar will be reunited with its owner, who lives in Florida.

"This is just a miracle, a miracle. I was 36 years old then, and now I'm 82," the owner said over the phone to customs officials. "It was my first good car and favorite. It's a wonderful car."

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