Mystery: How Did a Ferrari End Up Buried in a Backyard? In the 1970s, a Ferrari Dino 246 GT was unearthed in a suburban Los Angeles backyard. How the stolen vehicle ended up buried remains a mystery! This is no way to treat a Ferrari or Ferrari rental, why steal a supercar only to bury it?
The Dino being unearthed from its layers of mystery
The Dino was produced by Ferrari from 1968 to 1976 in efforts to produce a lower cost sports car and reserved for cars with fewer than 12 cylinders. Those with 12 plus received the Ferrari name. Eventually, the Dino name was retired and the Ferrari brand became more cohesive. A typical Ferrari Dino was around $22,000 USD back then.
The Dino 246 GT was discovered by a group of kids digging in the mud, after which a team of men unearthed the sports car. The metallic green Dino had certainly seen better days, and investigators soon discovered that it had been purchased in October of 1974 by Rosendo Cruz of Alhambra, California, thanks to the serial and plate numbers. Cruz was a plumber, and had purchased the Dino as a gift for his wife. It did not take long for the car to be stolen—it was taken while parked outside of a restaurant on their anniversary!
It was quite the undertaking to remove the sports car from its grave!
Based on the condition of the buried Ferrari Dino, whomever hid it intended to come back for it because the car was coated with plastic and towels. Unfortunately, they did not roll the windows completely up, and the Daytona seating was ruined. The overall condition of the car was terrible–with the Campagnolo wheels in disrepair, rust pockets, white spots bleeding through the 21 layers of paint coating the Pininfarina body, mud plugging every crevice. Basically, erosion and elements had destroyed the Dino as the Earth attempted to reclaim it.
But the mystery remains. How did the Dino get there? The world may never know! Don’t miss our fleet of exotic car rentals in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami on your way out!