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Why Can't the Dubai Police Sell An Impounded Ferrari?

The Dubai Police department is already known for having one of the most diverse fleet of police vehicles in the world. But they are also known for impounding a Ferrari Enzo, one of the most iconic supercars from the Italian sports car maker. And one that has been in their custody since 2012.
Posted: February 8, 2016 - 9:09AM
Author: Will Maley


First a little bit of background on the impounded Enzo. In 2012, a Ferrari Enzo was found abandoned in a parking lot, covered in layers of dust. The British owner left the vehicle in a parking lot twenty months earlier for an unknown reason. When news came out of this abandoned Enzo, it generated a lot of interest.

But then, the story took a twist. Police impounded the Enzo when it was discovered the vehicle was wanted as part of an Interpol investigation outside the UAE. Since then, the Enzo has been kept an impound lot. Recently, the police made the decision to move the vehicle into a warehouse to prevent further sun damage.

Now at this point, you might be wondering why hasn't the Enzo been sold off. The Dubai police will auction off seized vehicles after a certain time has passed. Well, the Dubai police department can't because there is a 'complicated legal case' around it.

"The car remains in limbo as there is a legal dispute about it," said Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department at the Dubai Police to UAE newspaper 7Days.

"This legal dispute has delayed us doing anything with the car so it’s still in our detention centre.”

What is the legal dispute?

It comes down to who owns the vehicle. Many parties - including the dealership and buyer - say it is their car. This is currently being argued in Dubai courts. There is also the question of whether or not the Enzo is stolen or was bought with stolen assets.

Despite the ongoing battles in the court and investigations, the Dubai Police are still getting calls from people who want to buy the Enzo.

"Recently an American man, who is interested in buying rare cars, offered us Dhs6 million for it, but we can’t do anything with it for the moment,” said Al Mazroui.