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Pink Limousine Vanishes at Repair Shop

Posted on September 15, 2004 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – A pink stretch limousine, custom-made and built out of six VW Beetles, disappeared.

Entrepreneur and three-time Mr. South Africa Ray Novak, owner of the unique car, was anxious to have it returned to him. "Someone knows where it is, because it's not exactly the kind of car you see around all the time.”

Novak had the car built several years ago for use in a TV production. When the deal ended, he continued to use the bright pink car as his private vehicle.

He recently signed another production deal involving the car, and is anxious to get it back.

Novak decided to have the car fixed and refurbished ahead of his movie deal because it had been involved in an accident. He took it to Formula One Motors in downtown Johannesburg to have the work done.

But when he went to Formula One to pick up the car, the shop had closed down. That was two months ago and he has still heard no word about his vehicle.

Novak said he planned to report the matter to the police if his car is not returned soon.

Famous Pink Limo Is Found
Unfortunately, it’s all in pieces

It’s no stretch of the truth, just like his remodeled pink stretch Beetle, Ray Novak looked sad and battered.

The limousine owner’s missing car has been found, but not in the pristine condition Novak and his fans got to know it. Everything, from the wheels to the seats, has been stripped.

Apparently, Novak waited too long to try to track down his vehicle.

The stretch limo, which had chauffeured the high and mighty, was found in a scrapyard in Denver, east of Johannesburg. The famous pink car, which had a TV, sunroof and a sliding- door partition inside, was being revamped for a reality documentary.

That documentary will now incorporate how the car was stolen, tracked, recovered and rebuilt to look as it used to be.

"I was shocked when I saw it, I could not recognize it," a distressed Novak said.

The car was sold to a scrapyard by a man servicing its engine while Novak was out of the country. It had been in the mechanic's possession for four months.

When the man sold the car in May, it was on the strength of an affidavit that he was the true owner.

Now Novak is taking legal action against his former mechanic. "I cannot believe that I trusted him for months and that he would sell my car under false pretenses. This constitutes theft and fraud."

Novak said, "People would stop and admire it on the road because it was such an unusual and beautiful car. Many called in and offered help in rebuilding the limo after reading that it had been stolen.”

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