Rental Ferrari 458 Italia became part of a global car smuggling ring [Video]

April 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Imagine being the owner of an exotic car rental company and you notice that your black 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia has been rented out but hasn’t moved for a few days. You would think something is wrong, wouldn’t you? Exactly this happened to Eric Blumberg, owner of Rent in Style. Using a GPS tracking system he found out that the 458 Italia, which rents at $2000 per day, was staying still for several days instead of being wildly enjoyed. After Mr. Blumberg notified the police they found out that the vehicle was loaded into a container bound for export to Hong Kong, probably about to be sold on the black market there. The Italian exotic left the port of Los Angeles as a cargo labeled “used fitness equipment”. After all, the 458 can serve as a nice machine to exercise the neck muscles.

Apparently the black 458 Italia was part of a car smuggling ring. After the police investigation took place, about 20 other luxury vehicles were returned to US shores awaiting their original owners. Sounds almost like the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”, starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Watch the video report by CBS This Morning for more details after the jump.