Cizeta V16 Confiscated By US Federal Agents

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We recently received news of a very valuable seizure in California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency recently confiscated a Cizeta V16 from its owner in the course of investigations for breaching U.S. customs and environmental laws.

The Cizeta V16 is probably one of the rarest Italian supercars you’ll ever come across. Developed by ex-Lamborghini engineer Claudio Zampolli with financial backing Giorgio Moroder, the Cizeta production run lasted only four years (1991-1995). Only ten were made in this time, all with a V16 creating 560bhp and propelling the car to a top speed of 328km/h (204mph).

This particular owner imported his car in 2001 on the grounds that extensive work needed to be carried out by the manufacturer who had, by then, relocated to California. After applying for an extension, the car was supposed to leave the country by 2004. It seems the car has remained in California ever since, regularly being spotted at car events running on foreign plates and a manufacturer plate.

From what we understand, two issues are being investigated. The first is that of the cost of the vehicle. When it was imported authorities were told it was worth $125,000 (€87,000) when in fact, the car retailed at around $600,000 (€419,000). The second issue was the fact that the car never passed the stringent U.S. import safety regulations.

It’s expected that the U.S. authorities will now push to have the car forfeited to the federal government, at which point the car will be auctioned to a foreign bidder.

[Via LATimes]

Published: December 20, 2009 4:06 pm

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8 Comments

  1. D'Artagnan says:

    Once again those gay tree-huggers and the capitalist system work hand-in-hand to legally steal from the people…
    Well in this case it’s a filthy rich-ass moron who tried to make low-buck savings on customs fees, plus he never uses it as intended and considers it as an investment, so maybe this time i’m gonna praise them for confiscating his money and turning that mechanical marvel into rolling dream again…

  2. Rob says:

    Uncle Sam walks in to a bar. He says “Hi! I’m the Government and I’m here to help.” At this point everyone takes out their pistols and proceeds to kill themselves. Looks like politicians and the Eco-Mentalists want to make government just small enough to fit in our garages! God help us!

  3. Shawn says:

    usualy people who have a super rare italian exotic can afford the cutoms and import fees tokeep the feds happy. next time the guy wont be a cheapass

  4. mike says:

    It is not as the person who owned it is some poor cripples, he is probably an extremely wealthy man and then cheated the government just to save what to him is a few pennies.

    Let us not be sympathetic.

  5. Chad says:

    Wow. It’s one car. And I am willing to bet that the guy- besides going to those car events- never drives it. How stupid.

  6. Zinn says:

    thats so F@#ked up!

  7. mrk1 says:

    its just one car, leave it alone, stupid feds

  8. Zeph says:

    Or, to put it short, government stole the Cizeta.