UPDATE: The 'Beach Boy 'Cuda' has returned to the auction docket after police checked further into the records and discovered that the car, stolen in 1975, had been returned but never removed from the stolen car database. It is scheduled to sell as Lot #1246 on Saturday.
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company announced today that the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda re-creation scheduled to be sold as Lot #1246 next week in Scottsdale, Ariz., will not cross the block. The car is owned by Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, but was removed from the docket after auction company officials discovered the car had been stolen some time in its past.
This week it was discovered that the VIN on the vehicle did not match the VIN on the title provided by the consignor.
“There are a number of legitimate reasons why a car’s VIN may not match the number listed on a title, particularly with older model vehicles that have been around for many years,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “There is a chance that a clerical error may have been made on a title transfer at some point or that a door or body panel may have been replaced during the life of the vehicle, which resulted in the original VIN no longer being in place. It’s also not unusual for a VIN plate to be lost or damaged during restoration. We don’t immediately assume there is an insurmountable problem when a VIN doesn’t match up.”
Once the VIN issue was discovered, a Barrett-Jackson representative delivered the vehicle to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division.
“After we brought the issue to the attention of the local MVD office, it was discovered that the car had been reported stolen in 1976,” continued Davis. “We were then faced with the difficult task of contacting the consignor, Al Jardine, to notify him of the problem. We reached a representative of the consignor late yesterday, and passed on the unfortunate news. We have no reason to believe that this consignor had any prior knowledge of the VIN discrepancy or any knowledge of the stolen vehicle report dating back to 1976.”
“Particularly in light of the circumstances that arose with the ‘Buddy Holly’ Impala earlier this week, we’re obviously very disappointed about this situation,” added Davis. “We regret that this happened, but are gratified that our diligence process uncovered the problem before the car was sold. At that stage, it would have involved another unsuspecting owner in what is clearly a decades-old story.”
Barrett-Jackson has released the vehicle to authorities for further investigation, and the car will not be offered for sale by Barrett-Jackson pending the results of that investigation.
Earlier this week, the auction giant announced it was also cancelling the planned sale of the 1958 Impala convertible that was believed to have been originally owned by Buddy Holly. The car was one of the highest-profile cars in this year's Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale lineup, but apparently was surrounded by too many questions about its legitmacy for it to cross the block.
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