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Thread: Stolen 7 in Norcross Ga.

  1. #11
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    Joe, That was a seemingly very sophisticated theft given that the thieves had to steal two other pieces of equipment to get your Lotus. During the Norcross event, did you happen to remember meeting anybody or a couple of folks that showed an unusual interest in your car and were asking such things as its current value etc.? Did you also happen to become aware of anybody that might be in the process of restoring a similar year model that might have wanted to part out your car to restore one of theirs? This is a very strange saga and I am so sorry for your loss. The time and care you put into the restoration is much more painful than the monetary issues IMHO. Lastly, are there security cameras at the hotel or nearby businesses that might be accessed to determine more specific information about the theft? Bob

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Petty View Post
    I apologize for the frequent "bumps", but I am in a 2 week window before the insurance declares a total loss, so I am hoping for a quick sighting/recovery.

    Updated 9/14

    STOLEN : 1962 Lotus 7 - Ford Van - HaulMark Trailer

    Sat 9/8 8PM to Sun 9/9 7AM
    Hotel Parking Lot: Hampton Peachtree Corners, 440 Technology Pkwy, Norcross, Ga 30092

    The Van and Trailer were recovered Wed (9/12) in Chamblee, Ga

    Lotus 7 is still missing


    1962 Dark Green/Aluminum Lotus 7 SB1478 - Fl Lic: 62 SEVEN
    Dark Green fenders and nose with polished aluminum
    Red interior and dash
    1500cc Pre-Crossflow Cosworth Ford

    This is a real Lotus 7 Series 2 restored to original condition.

    These are some of the easily identified (and hard to disguise features):
    - Right hand drive
    - Wooden steering wheel
    - 155x13 tires on Minilite rims
    - Air scoop on left side of hood
    - Tow ring under right front frame rail

    While these features "may not hold up in court", I did a nut and bolt rebuild of this car and can provide photos, details and unique modifications.


    If you see this car on the road or advertised, call the police, then call me!

    Don't be a hero and don't fall for a scam!

    Thanks - Joe Petty
    (904) 524-9717
    joepettyjr@yahoo.com

    Here is a picture from the Norcross show, it was stolen later that night.
    The bonnet is behind the car leaning against the chain link fence.

    Last edited by Astro Bob; 09-14-2018 at 07:26 PM.

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    Police say this is not that uncommon, they steal the rig and open it up to see what's inside.
    They asked me several times if I left the key in the van, finally realized that 2005 was before the "smart keys" with the chip in them.
    Without the chip, they just slim-jim the door and pop out the ignition cylinder and drive off.

    10K spectators at the show, so hard to say who or why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Petty View Post
    ...finally realized that 2005 was before the "smart keys" with the chip in them.
    Without the chip, they just slim-jim the door and pop out the ignition cylinder and drive off.
    While that may be true on the Econoline van the keys for my 2004 F-150 have the transponder chip in them which requires the ECU to be programmed to recognize any given key.

    I sure do hope that your Lotus is located safe and sound and that the thief is caught and sent away for a very long time.
    Last edited by Nick O'Teen; 09-14-2018 at 08:17 PM.

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    Make sure you let the Lotus Seven register know that your car has been stolen. Someone buying it may check with him to determine authenticity and that may help catch to low life who stole it. I hope that it isn't parted out and that it doesn't have it's identity wiped away. So few of the real thing. Good luck.

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    Here's the link to the register, http://www.lotus7register.co.uk/regipage.htm

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    Thanks - Joe

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    Good luck recovering your car! I'm surprised they wanted to take the risk after seeing what they had. A 7 like this is so unique that about all they could do is use it for personal entertainment. Any respectable buyer would likely join one of the few 7 groups and quickly figure out what was going on.

    Daniel

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    Agree with the above... Joe, do you mind if I grab the photos and descriptions and put them up on SimpleSevens now?

    Also, I trust you had an agreed value policy on the car... but if you need help with valuation I am happy to provide support on that.
    John Donohoe
    SimpleSevens.org

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    Yes, please feel free to grab anything you see posted here and copy to SimpleSevens.

    I have Chris T. (Sevens and Elans) and Tom Bungay (Legacy Motorcars) both local and with personal knowledge of my car for valuation/appraisal.

    Thanks for your help and interest - Joe

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    As Gabriel Heatter would say - "There's good news tonight!"

    My car was recovered in Doraville, Ga, probably within 10 miles of where it was stolen and a suspect arrested.

    I'll know more once I get up there, but right now hurricane Michael is making it difficult.

    Thanks to all and I will update as more comes clear. Joe

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