What’s the most incredible or unusual thing you might find in your backyard? Say you pick up a metal detector and find an old coin, or perhaps comes across an arrowhead. That’s all well and good, but nothing even comes close to what two California boys found in 1978.
Because these kids found a Ferrari!
This is the front yard in a Los Angeles neighborhood where the vehicular treasure was discovered in early February of 1978.
A new family had just moved into the house when their two boys struck gold. The family called the authorities, and an excavation began. It turned out that the car was actually an insanely valuable 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS.
The car had been poorly mummified with towels and cloths. It was
obvious that someone wanted to come back for it. But who? And why did they bury it?
After an investigation by the police, the nefarious reason as to why it was down there was discovered.
The previous owners hired criminals to drive the car into the ocean so they could claim the insurance money. But those thieves hid the car in the ground in hopes of coming back for it.
With the mystery solved and the car making headlines all over the nation, it was auctioned off to the highest bidder. A mechanic with his own shop bought it and restored it.
The gorgeous car was like new again, except this Ferrari had a story unlike any other.
In addition to entering the buried Ferrari in car shows, the new owner put a vanity plate on it that read “Dug Up.”
Not a bad thing to find just lying right under your front yard.