A Ferrari stolen from Formula One star Gerhard Berger 28 years ago has been recovered by the Metropolitan Police.

The red Ferrari F512M was one of two Ferraris taken at the San Marino Grand Prix held at Imola in Italy in April 1995.

Met Police officers received a report from the car maker in January 2024 after the firm had carried out checks on a car being bought by a US buyer through a UK broker last year.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: The Ferrari stolen from Gerhard BergerThe Ferrari stolen from Gerhard Berger (Image: Met Police)

The Organised Vehicle Crime Unit discovered the car had been shipped to Japan shortly after being stolen until it was brought to the UK in late 2023, and they swooped to take possession and prevent it from being exported.

The second car remains missing and no arrests have yet been made, the force added.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Inside the Ferrari 512MInside the Ferrari 512M (Image: Met Police)

PC Mike Pilbeam, who led the investigation, said: “The stolen Ferrari – close to the value of £350,000 – was missing for more than 28 years before we managed to track it down in just four days.

“Our inquiries were painstaking and included contacting authorities from around the world.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: The back of Gerhard Berger's stolen Ferrari 512MThe back of Gerhard Berger's stolen Ferrari 512M (Image: Met Police)

“We worked quickly with partners including the National Crime Agency, as well as Ferrari and international car dealerships, and this collaboration was instrumental in understanding the vehicle’s background and stopping it from leaving the country.”