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Criminals in failed bid to steal Enzo Ferrari's body

Published: 29 March 2017

► Bid to steal Enzo Ferrari's body
► Italian police foil ransom plot
► Extraordinary criminal tale 

Italian police have foiled a daring plot to steal the body of Enzo Ferrari from its resting place in Modena.

The criminals were planning to take Ferrari's body from its above-ground tomb in the San Cataldo cemetry in Modena, near the eponymous factory in Maranello, and then blackmail the family.

Ferrari died in 1988 at the age of 90 and is still a proud figurehead of the world's most famous sports car brand that he founded 70 years ago.

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How police foiled the plot to steal Enzo Ferrari's body

Prosecutors investigating arms and drug trafficking in the Italian underworld uncovered the plan.

Police in Nuoro on the island of Sardinia told reporters that the criminals were planning to demand a ransom from the Ferrari company and family. Several arrests have been made.

The news comes as Ferrari is preparing to mark its 70th anniversary later in 2017.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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