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Stolen Hot Rod Too Hot to Handle

This 1932 Ford three-window coupe was missing for less than a day before it was recovered. We should all be so lucky.

Indianapolis, IN – Indianapolis State Police said a 1932 Ford three-window coupe reported stolen to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department yesterday apparently became too hot to handle after it was featured on a local Indianapolis TV news station.  The Deuce hot rod, reportedly worth $300,000, was allegedly stolen sometime Sept. 16 from a car hauler while in the parking lot of the Wyndham West hotel parking lot.

A concerned citizen saw what he thought was the vehicle sitting in the driveway of a vacant home in the 6100 block of Epperson on the southwest side of Indianapolis.  The citizen called his friend, a state police undercover officer assigned to Vehicle Crimes Unit, who went to the address and discovered the vehicle in the driveway.  A quick check of the vehicle’s VIN determined it was the stolen vehicle.

Earlier this week, a representative for the Deuce coupe’s owner, Jason Smith, was reunited with the coupe at the Indianapolis State Police Post.  The car was supposed to have been displayed at the Good Guys car show held this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The circumstances of the theft are still under investigation by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana State Police.

22 thoughts on “Stolen Hot Rod Too Hot to Handle

  1. Magnum

    Some of these cars are so unique and widely known that disposing of a stolen one would bring attention equal to selling the Mona Lisa. Stripping for parts, or quickly shiping them out of the country are about a thief’s only viable options. Unfortuneatly, those considerations are not always sufficient to stop a determined thief. worse, the cars are often trashed to the extent that they are essentially worthess and irreplaceable.

      1. Car Nut 01A

        I agree, that car could have cost the owner $300K if he had it built by a high-end professional shop. In today’s economy, even if pro-built, it would not be worth more than one third of that.

  2. Buz C

    300K is a REAL stretch, especially with the shut lines at each end of the hood. And what’s up with the windshield? Looks like masking tape holding the glass in. Whatever it is, it looks completely out of place on an otherwise pretty car.

  3. a weimann

    The $300,000, is a real cost number if you brought the car to a shop and all the time & materials were charged at ? ($100.00- $200.00 an hour). The other thing is the rest of us can say it’s over priced. but if someone buys it……………….. Andy W

    1. dan

      what it cost to”do the car” has very little if any bearing on what someone will write a check for. in your opinion what is the most ridiculous figure someone would pay for this car at one of the most overpriced auctions in the world. forget the costs involved in selling and let me know how close to 300 beans this seller would realize at one of those venues. see my point? jmo

  4. dan

    if that car has an insured value 300 large, then i.m sure the day they found it was so much more disappointing then the day it went missing!!!! lots of high dollar rides getting stolen in this down market, don’t ya think?

  5. Dennis Reilly

    Maybe the guy thought he was nabbing a relatively good replica of the ZZ Top car,but it’s a ’33 and this one’s a ’32 and it’s the wrong color anyway.And what idiot parks it in an abandoned driveway in broad daylight?If they ever catch him,instead of putting him in jail,just feature him on an upcoming installment of really stupid criminals!

    1. Car Nut 01A

      I think the crook saw dollar signs, thought he could benefit from stealing it, and then abandoned it in that driveway because he realized there was no way he could get away with parting it out or selling it.
      Such street rods are many times one-of-a-kind cars, that bring attention to themselves where ever they go. Car thieves would be smart to stick to popular late-model cars are blend into traffic, and are easy to make disappear.

  6. Mark Kirk

    I just love when a story has a happy ending! I sure hope that his car was not damaged in any way. Thank God for a very alert person who notified the authorities. Sometimes we make all the difference in the world being respectful of “old cars” and “other peoples property.” Be your brothers keeper because not everyone in this world is honest!

  7. Bob Carter

    Comments coming on this topic from a lot of folks with no clue as to building or restoring classics or custom cars and their value. One sure way to prove the worth is to ask the insurance company that holds the cars policy. These are normaly specialized insurance companies like Hagarty or Grundy that specialize in agreed value policies that do not depreciate the Cars agreed value. When they accept the policy and issue it to the owner that is the cars value regardless of anyone elses opinion.


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