Actor John Travolta’s 1970 Mercedes 280SL convertible has gone to classic car heaven. The vehicle, which was stolen from a Santa Monica neighborhood back in September, was gutted by thieves for parts. The car’s remains were discovered by police in an illegal “chop shop.” Santa Monica police Sergeant Richard Lewis said today of the Mercedes:
It was not recovered in whole, it was chopped. We have numerous pieces recovered but not the entire car.
Thanks to police, the streets of Los Angeles are now a little safer for classic automobiles. Two men, believed to be running a classic car theft ring, were arrested for the theft in December. D.L. Rayford Jr., 52, was sentenced to 16 months in jail and ordered to pay Travolta $50,000. Michael Green, 58, remains in custody awaiting trial.
Car pictured is similar to the one stolen. Photo via the Santa Monica Police Department.