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Eddie Irvine Ferrari stolen during test drive, say German police

Eddie Irvine
Eddie Irvine
Eddie Irvine's rare Ferrari was stolen. Pic Dusseldof police
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A rare Ferrari once owned by Northern Ireland’s former Formula 1 star Eddie Irvine has been stolen.

German police put out an appeal for help to track down the red 1985 red Ferrari 288 GTO thought to be worth around £1.7m.

Officers in Dusseldorf said the car was taken during a test drive on Monday.

They said during the drive with the car dealer the man managed to steal the vehicle as the pair went to change positions.

It was later found hidden on Tuesday evening, although the thief was no where to be seen.

On the dealership’s website it says the car was once owned by Irvine with around 27,000 miles on the clock. Only 272 of the cars were ever built.

The dealer told German newspaper Bild the man had exchanged calls and email over the course of a number of weeks.

He said the car would never sell on the open market as it was “too flashy” and it would be difficult to pass on a stolen vehicle of its kind as they were so well-known in car collector circles.

Co Down racer Irvine had an illustrious career in F1 from 1993 to 2002. In a close-fought season he finished runner-up in the 1999 World Drivers Championship after Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher’s season was cut short by a broken leg.

Irvine lost out to McLaren’s Mika Hakkinen although Ferrari took the constructor’s title.

Eddie Irvine's rare Ferrari was stolen. Pic Dusseldof police
Eddie Irvine's rare Ferrari was stolen. Pic Dusseldof police
Former F1 star Eddie Irvine
Eddie Irvine

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