Ask men what type of car they'd like to own, and you'll receive numerous answers. While pickup trucks are the best-selling vehicles in the United States, most men would prefer to own a sports car. Nothing is better than cruising at high speeds in a lavish vehicle while onlookers snap pictures of your car to post on their Instagram page. Although most men say that they prefer a sports car because of the speed, what they won't admit is that they hope to attract the attention of the opposite sex. While some ladies prefer a sports car over a regular sedan, they want a ride in a car that has all the parts. Nothing is less alluring than a Ferrari that's missing wheels.
When the National Insurance Car Bureau investigated to determine the most stolen vehicles in the United States, the organization discovered that thieves loved Honda, Toyota, and the F-150 pickup. Since thieves don't discriminate against any vehicle, they attempt to steal also sports cars. Most cars are equipped with a state-of-the-art security system that provides a great challenge for thieves. Although most thieves struggle to steal a sports car, they target the next best thing: the car's wheels. To find out how sports cars look like without wheels, we gleaned photos from vehicles that thieves targeted.
20 Nissan Skyline R35 GTR
When you park a Skyline R35 GTR in "safe" neighborhood, you expect to find it the way you left the car. Thieves, however, won't discriminate and will invade the so-called safe neighborhoods to get to your precious ride. I'm sure that the thieves would've preferred to have gotten away with the vehicle but settled for the next best thing: the tires. What amazes me is that the thieves fled with the tires without being spotted despite the fact that houses surround the Skyline and other cars. How did nobody witness the theft?
19 BMW M4
When the German manufacturer unveiled the M4 in 2014, BMW enthusiasts were in awe.
The high-performance vehicle came with a powerful and responsive, twin-turbocharged engine, aerodynamic body enhancements, interior and exterior accents with tri-color M badging, a stiffer chassis, and an extensive use of carbon fiber.
Consumers weren't the only ones to notice the impressive features of the M4, as thieves swooped in at the first opportunity to steal the wheels off this vehicle. They didn't get away with all the tires, as they needed two to hold up the vehicle. You have to look at the positive aspect of every negative situation.
18 Corvette Stingray
The first-generation Corvette, a front-engine and two-door sports car, came onto the market in the '50s. The vehicle is known for its performance and distinctive plastic, which is either fiberglass or composite bodywork. Having built a good reputation throughout the decades, many car pundits recognize the Corvette as America's Sports Car. Chevrolet introduced the Sting Ray to the second-generation Corvette in the early '60s. The Sting Ray proved to be a consumer's favorite sports car, as Automobile Magazine ranked the 1963 till 1967 models on its 100 Coolest Cars list. Thieves weren't interested in the older models, as they decided to target this new Stingray by stripping its wheel and leaving the vehicle suspended on two bricks.
17 BMW M2
Consumers who want to own an unreal sports car that even Jeremy Clarkson ranks as one of the best in the world should have a peek at the M2.
The German manufacturer has gained a reputation for building reliable vehicles that provide great performance and luxury.
BMW has produced the 2-series since late 2013. When you buy the M2, you'll experience the N55 turbocharged straight-six engine. Although the car provides great performance, the owner of this M2 cannot experience the power of the engine until he replaces the stolen wheels.
16 Porsche 911 Turbo
You park your sports car in a parking lot that looks like one that thieves don't victimize. Imagine returning to your Porsche after shopping to find that thieves have stolen your wheels in broad daylight. That was the unfortunate fate that this owner had to endure. The German sports car car is one of the best performance vehicles on the road, so it's not surprising that thieves would target the magnificent ride. This 911 convertible looks spectacular on the road but not without its wheels. The thieves who took the wheels off this pristine vehicle should be ashamed of themselves.
15 Mustang Shelby GT350
The Ford F-150 series is the best-selling vehicle in the United States and also one of the most stolen vehicles. Thieves seem to love Ford, as the brand has delivered some of the most reliable cars that provide great performance. Ford has done a tremendous job by producing one of the best muscle cars. Drivers who want an upgrade from the regular Mustang can opt for the Shelby GT350. Those who purchase the vehicle should note that they're not exempt from vehicle parts theft as the thieves demonstrated with this beautiful Shelby. The worst part is that the vehicle looks new.
14 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
If you want to know what a Corvette Z06 looks like when in despair, then feast your eyes on this vehicle. The American manufacturer started producing the Z06 since 2005 as a 2006 model.
Chevrolet equipped this sixth-generation vehicle with the largest displacement small-block engine produced.
The latest model has a 6.2-liter V8 engine capable of pumping out 650 horsepower, according to Car and Driver. When the owner of this Z06 returned to his vehicle, he discovered that the thieves had a field day. To make his day more unpleasant, he incurred further costs by having to tow the vehicle.
13 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Most men will admit to fantasizing when they were a boy about owning a Porsche. The German vehicle is remarkable, as it delivers great performance, handling, and reliability. The best part about owning this fantastic sports vehicle is that it won't break the bank as much as a Ferrari or a Lamborghini will. The German manufacturer has gotten only better since it started producing the 911 series since 2011. I can only imagine how the owner of this magnificent 911 Turbo S must've felt to discover that his ride was missing all four wheels, considering that private parking is supposed to be safe.
12 Subaru Legacy Sport
After stripping the tires off your vehicle, thieves head to the black market to sell your precious wheels. Car owners have invested a tremendous amount of money into their vehicles, but that doesn't phase thieves, as they care about making a quick buck. The owner of this Subaru Legacy Sport was devastated when he returned to his car and discovered that the tires weren't attached to the vehicle. The Legacy provides great performance, but the owner will have to delay that performance until he settles the hefty bill to replace the tires. The incident occurred in what appears to be a peaceful suburb.
11 Chevrolet Camaro
Considering that Chevrolet has kept the Camaro in production since the '60s, it makes the car one of the most reliable and popular muscle cars in history.
The American manufacturer made the Camaro to compete with the Ford Mustang.
The car shares its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird. Most thieves have expensive taste, as they were unconcerned about the owner parking the car in the vicinity of numerous residents who park their cars in front of their houses. With a lot of human movement in the vicinity, how did nobody see thieves steal four wheels off a sports car?
10 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Drivers who want a top-of-the-line Mercedes should opt for the AMG, which was an independent engineering firm specializing in performance improvements for Mercedez-Benz vehicles. The AMG models have a more aggressive look, a higher level of performance, better handling, and a more extensive use of carbon fiber than the regular Mercedes-Benz. The manufacturer usually badges the AMG variants with two numerals, as opposed to the standard Mercedes, which have three. The thieves wanted only top-of-the-line wheels, so they targeted this 2011 model. Is it me or does an AMG look better with wheels?
9 Honda Accord Coupe
The owner of a Honda returned to it in Riverdale to find that thieves had stolen all four of his wheels, according to the Riverdale Press.
A series of tire and rim thefts in the Bronx prompted a councilman to propose legislation that would require all tires to contain serial numbers.
“If [a stolen tire] shows up somewhere else, we can say, ‘Hey, this is coming from a car in a certain section of the Bronx,’” said Brittany Cesarini, the spokeswoman for Councilman Fernando Cabrera. “That will help with the investigation.” “It’s been happening for a long time. It’s going to happen to a lot of cars,” said Officer Juan Ventura, a spokesman for the 50th. “It happens here; it happens everywhere. I’ve seen a Mercedes on milk crates.”
8 Lexus IS 250
The Japanese vehicles from Toyota and Honda are the most stolen vehicles in the United States due to the high resale value parts that thieves get on the black market. The tradition of stealing parts from Japanese vehicles continued when thieves targeted this Lexus IS 250. Japanese manufacturers are known for producing the most reliable vehicles in the world, and thieves like to target them. Although the owner of this Lexus felt the pain of losing his tires, he should be glad that he's retained the vehicle unlike the thousands of Honda and Toyota owners in the United States. The bad weather and stolen tires must've dampened the owner's mood.
7 Toyota 86 GT
New Country Toyota of Clifton Park was the victim of thieves who wanted to steal wheels from sports vehicles, according to the Daily Gazette. One of the vehicles that thieves took wheels from was a Toyota 86 GT. Frustrated with the nefarious activities, general manager Michael Raucci said, "To the dirtbags that decided to shop when we were closed last night and vandalize and steal from us, we will catch you!"
Raucci estimates the total theft to amount to $48,000.
He also stated that the lowest price of the tires and rims stolen were valued at $1,000. “We’re gonna make it more difficult for these kinds of things to happen,” he said.
6 An Entire Fleet
Car owners who've had their tires stolen will understand the anguish that this dealership suffered. If you thought that the theft of one car's tires was bad, try imagining losing $200,000 worth of wheels. That's what a Texas Chevy dealership experienced when thieves broke into their lot.
“They cut the locks on the gates to the rear where all the inventory stock was kept,” said Don Martin, Department Public Information Officer.
Surveillance videos show a large truck arriving after one o'clock in the morning. The dark premises impeded the police from discovering the number of thieves involved, according to Autoweek.
5 Bentley Continental GT
When you spend $160,000 on a vehicle, you believe that the manufacturer has taken every precaution to equip the car with anti-theft devices. Although stealing a Bentley is difficult, thieves proved with this Continental GT that its tires are exposed to danger. The owner of this Continental GT suffered the theft of his wheels not once or twice; this was the third incident in the prior 16 months, according to the Daily Mail. The owner will incur a wheel replacement fee of $7,000 for the third time. Thieves snatched two wheels the first time then targeted the car again three weeks later.
4 Aston Martin DBS
Returning to a DBS without its tires would horrify anyone. That's what the owner of this Aston Martin felt when he returned to the $230,000 vehicle to find it sitting on bricks after thieves had fled with three tires and alloys. According to the Daily Mail, thieves were probably startled while taking off the fourth tire.
An expert on Aston Martins estimates the incident to result in a bill of $40,000, considering that the owner will have to do bodywork repair, as well as a brake pads repair and tire replacement.
I wonder if thieves care about the havoc they cause to people by stealing. Probably not.
3 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
Talk about daylight robbery. The owner of this magnificent AMG GT thought he was going to have a good day after parking his car to go on a shopping spree. When he returned, he was aghast to discover that the expensive wheels that allow the car to reach a top speed of 190 mph were gone. Considering the starting price of the AMG GT is $150,000, the owner will be furious to replace the four missing wheels. Although the stolen wheels are an inconvenience, the owner would have suffered a worse fate had the thieves stolen the vehicle. Then, he would've lost all his marbles.
2 Lamborghini Murcielago
If you thought that paying $200,000 for a sports car allows you to have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is safe from thieves, then you need to think again. The Italian manufacturer has gained a reputation for building some of the best sports cars in the world, and while it's done a brilliant job ensuring that thieves cannot get their greedy hands on your Lamborghini, some criminals have proven to circumvent its strategies. Although the car has 640 horsepower and reaches a top speed of 210 mph, that means nothing if the car doesn't have wheels.
1 Ferrari California
Ferrari owners aren't exempt from theft. Regardless of the amount of effort that the Italian manufacturer exerts to ensure that its vehicles are safe from nefarious activities, thieves find a way to complete their mission.
Ferrari had produced the California since unveiling it at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
The 4.3-liter V8 engine provided a lot of joy to fortunate owners of the vehicle. Unfortunately, the owner of this California will incur exorbitant costs to enjoy the thrilling ride, considering that thieves have taken all four of his tires. The California doesn't look so glamorous without the wheels.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk; autoweek.com; caranddriver.com