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Old August 7th, 2018
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Default Wisconsin Court Decides Fate Of 1938 Talbot Lago

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Wisconsin Court of Appeals rules against collector who unwittingly bought a $7 million classic automobile that had been stolen in 2001.

"The fate of a $7 million car stolen 17 years ago is about to be resolved. The rare 1938 Talbot Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupe was stolen from the Milwaukee garage of its owner, Roy Leiske, on March 4, 2001, and his family wants it back. Rick Workman, a respected classic car collector, had purchased the missing Talbot Lago in Europe without realizing it was stolen. The state Court of Appeals last month sided with the claim made by the original owner's family.

Leiske, who died in 2005, bought the valuable French coupe in 1967 with the intention of conducting a full restoration, a process that had begun at the time thieves broke into the warehouse. Police investigating the theft found evidence that the thieves forged papers to ship the car to Europe. The car did not turn up again until 2016 when Workman attempted to title the car in Illinois."
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Old August 7th, 2018
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"Roy Leiske was not just angry and disappointed, he was shaken. He knew it was no ordinary burglary. Someone had cut the phone lines at his home that night. The car's parts and paperwork were hidden and stored in various parts of the building, yet they were all gone, and nothing else was taken.

Though he had locked up at 8:30 the night before, there was no sign of forced entry when he returned at 10 a.m. Sunday. Some neighbors had seen a white box truck backed up to the building's big door earlier that morning, but it didn't seem sinister; they figured Leiske finally sold his antique car.

This wasn't a classic Mustang, Corvette or T-Bird, but a 1938 Talbot Lago T150 C teardrop coupe, one of fewer than two dozen handmade in France. In recent years, the cars have become among the most coveted pre-World War II examples of Art Deco design, power and performance. It has been called the "most beautiful car ever made," and has won awards as the best of the best collectible automobiles."
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