U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recentlyintercepted 20 high-end stolen vehicles in Long Beach that were on their way to Hong Kong and Vietnam, the agency announced. The high priced hot wheels included Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes brands and are valued at $1.5 million.
One of the dream cars included a 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia "supercar" whose power output of 126 horsepower per liter is the highest of any production Ferrari model in history. In fact one would expect such a machine to go so fast it could simply hydroplane to Asia.
Instead the vehicles were intended to be shipped the traditional way, by freighter, and even though smugglers used false documents claiming the vehicles were "used fitness equipment", officials weren't fooled.
"CBP officers discovered that smugglers using false identities leased or purchased the brand new vehicles, defrauding several local dealerships, financial and insurance companies," the Dept. of Homeland Security agency said in a statement.
Although the 2010 Ferrari supercar had a manufacturer's retail price of about $200,000 when it was first released, the vehicle doesn't seem to have lost any value. There is one being sold in Ontario, California for $280,000.