Please can you let me have my stolen Porsche back now that you've found it after 23 years

  • 'I wasn't even a sports car guy, but I loved that car'

For the past 23 years Michael O'Toole has occasionally thought of his beloved stolen Porsche 930 Turbo.

The rare 1976 model was his pride and joy, but when it vanished from outside a gym in Las Vegas, he never thought he would see it again.

But now it has turned up - without an engine - on a container ship bound for the Netherlands and O'Toole wants it back.

Classic: A rare 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

Classic: A rare 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

The father of two grown-up children told AOL Autos: 'I wasn't even a sports car guy, but I loved that car. I  was a cool dad in that car.'

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection department found the vehicle in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport on October 25.

They were checking a database of Vehicle Identification numbers when the car was flagged as being stolen on November 24, 1988.

The vehicle had been registered several times since the theft -- in New Jersey, Florida, and Washington state. A collector or smuggler was trying to ship the car.

O'Toole, a builder who now lives in Oregon and drives a 2005 Ford 350,  was unaware it had been found until contacted by AOL.

He had given up the car for lost and got the insurance money to cover the $17,000 he paid for it.

O'Toole had been working as a pit boss at the Barbary Coast casino when he went to a gym for a workout and never saw his Porsche again.

He hasn't bought another since, driving a number of Nissans and a BMW 7 series.

But he would like to see if he could buy it back from the insurance company who are the new owners.

Customs officials estimate the car is now worth about $27,000, but $80,000 with an engine. In the past year, they have recovered 24 stolen vehicles that were heading overseas.

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