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The owner of a 1965 Porsche 911 that was stolen while com­pet­ing in a rally is wor­ried it will be bro­ken down for parts af­ter it was stolen be­cause it is too dis­tinc­tive to be sold in­tact.

Chas Colton’s short-wheel­base 911 rally car, regis­tra­tion PTU 274C, was stolen from out­side the Golden Tulip ho­tel in Kerkrade, Hol­land on 7 May be­tween 6.40am and 6.55am, on the last day of the Tulip Ral­lye.

Howard War­ren’s 911 was also tar­geted and while the rob­bers did smash a win­dow, they only man­aged to make off with items in­side the car. Both Chas and Howard are hop­ing the clas­sic car com­mu­nity can help lo­cate the ve­hi­cle be­fore it is stripped down or trans­ported fur­ther abroad.

Howard tells CCW: ‘We know the time-frame for the theft as we checked on the car at 6.40am be­fore we all met for break­fast at 7am.

‘We think the thieves may have bro­ken into the cars to smash the win­dows late at night and then hot-wired it in day­light later to avoid sus­pi­cion driv­ing it off in the dark. On­look­ers would have just thought it was some­one mov­ing the ve­hi­cle.

‘The heart­break­ing thing is that we think be­cause the ve­hi­cle is so dis­tinc­tive, the thieves won’t sell it on, so it will get bro­ken down for parts. The gear­box alone will prob­a­bly fetch £35,000.’

Dutch police told Chas and Howard that Kerkrade has a prob­lem with thieves tar­get­ing Porsches. Track­ers were fit­ted to 10 ve­hi­cles in the rally, but un­for­tu­nately the yel­low 911 wasn’t one of them.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the car should con­tact: h.war­ren@ bt­con­nect.com

Thieves took this 1965 911 while it was on the Tulip Rally in Hol­land.

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