Owner Recovers Lost Jaguar XK-E After Very Long Trip
|   Sunday, September 21, 2014
When Ivan Schneider woke up one day recently, he probably never expect to receive the news that his stolen car had been recovered. Now, there's nothing really new in a story about a car-recovery, so why has the 82-year-old been featured in publications and wire service stories around the world?

The simple answer is that the car was stolen from New York City 46 years ago.

At the time, Schneider was a 36-year-old attorney from New York. He used the fee he received for his work on a successful case – $5,000 – to purchase the then-brand-new Jaguar XK-E, one of the most sought-after vehicles on the road.
The two-place XK-E sported a great-looking, nicely curved body with a two-place cockpit far to the rear. Using the styling favored by Italian specialty designers, Jaguar crafted a vehicle with a look that was far in advance of its time. Indeed, the XK-E's lines still look contemporary, a half-century after it went on sale.

Schneider's XK-E was stolen from New York and managed, after a mystery tour that last 46 years, to end up in Los Angeles Harbor. Schneider's Jaguar was found in a container about to embark on another trip to the Netherlands. Units of the U.S. Customs Department and Border Patrol found the vehicle, along with several others, also bound for foreign locations.

Schneider, now retired and living in Florida, told The Los Angeles Times: "This is just a miracle, a miracle. I was 36 years old then and now I'm 82. It was my first good car and favorite. It's a wonderful car," Schneider told the U.S. Customs official who called. "I used to get up at 4 or 5 in the morning on either Saturday or Sunday and drive it 90 to 100 (mph) on the highway in New York. It was good for the engine in a car like that. I bought it brand new. I had it less than a year. I'm going to restore it. And, if anyone asks, I'll tell them I'm very proud of my government."

According to U.S. Customs, Schneider, who has plans to restore the vehicle, called the return "a miracle...It was my first good car and favorite. It's a wonderful car." At the time of the theft, the retired lawyer was 36 and today he is 82.

He described his routine with the XK-E. On Saturday or Sunday, Schneider said, he would "get up at 4 or 5 in the morning and drive it 90 to 100 mph on the highway in New York. It was good for the engine in a car like that."

He also said that he bought the Jaguar new and had had it "less than a year" when it was stolen. Customs officials estimate that Jaguar, bought for $5,000, today has a value of $23,600.
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