John Travolta parked his vintage car for 10 minutes before it got stolen. The 1970 Mercedes Benz 280-SL is worth $100,000 and was parked at a Jaguar dealership in Santa Monica. Police Sgt Richard Lewis said the thieves had about a 10-minute window to make off with the vehicle.
Authorities say no witnesses have come forward in the case. Police do not know whether the thief, or thieves, followed Travolta to the street, or if they happened to come across the car. Authorities also said they do not know if the theft was caught on camera.
“I was out looking for Jaguars, and it was a beautiful, spotless dealership, and I left it parked on the side,” Travolta said in a statement. “And eight to 10 minutes later, my car was gone. And it’s like that movie, Gone in 60 Seconds, like, who can explain it,” he added. “But at least it wasn’t a jet, though that might be easier to find.”
Travolta collects concept cars. His vehicles include a Rolls-Royce and Jaguar XJ6, but he once said that his classic Thunderbirds are his favorites.
“I have a ’55, ’56 and ’57 Thunderbird — American Fords in the great old tradition. I love the fact that they could achieve speed and distance with such style. I don’t use them for long journeys anymore, but to just enjoy the drive,” Travolta told The London newspaper in 2007.
In the meantime, Travolta’s researching his next role as mobster John Gotti and planning for more lengthy plane rides with wife Kelly Preston and their kids Ella, 11, and Benjamin, who at 10 months has been to Paris and will be seeing Australia for the first time in November.