• May 2nd 2008 at 4:32PM
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Car thieves are a resourceful lot. Despite whatever technical wizardry automakers incorporate to thwart them, they find a way. Of course, they don't just go after the new stuff. Older cars are fair game, too -- many of which are bereft of those pesky security systems the bad guys are masters at defeating anyway. Suppose, however, your car was sitting outside without a gearbox. That's gotta be enough to keep it from getting swiped, right? As the Scottish owner of an unknown-vintage Ford Grenada Scorpio learned this week, it is indeed not enough. The lack of a gearbox did nothing to deter thieves, who police believe simply towed the car away one day earlier this week. Hey, it's common practice for some regular folks bring a trailer when they go to pick up a car they've bought, so why not thieves? It's like the same thing, minus the whole "buying" part. Any U.S. readers who own Merkur Scorpios, take note and keep your heads on a swivel. These guys might have passports.
[Source: The Scotsman]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      thieves targeted my uncle's delivery truck in london numerous times. he was always trying to outsmart them by removing things like ignition wires, etc. however, much as the Scorpio owner discovered one day the thieves simply towed his truck away.

      a few years earlier, thieves stole his ford sierra right out of his driveway and then abandoned it in scotland.

      anytime one of his sons forgets to take the faceplate off the car stereo, it usually gets stolen as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Merkur Scorpio was an excellent car. Too bad Ford didn't continue to import their Ford Europe cars. Things might be different today if they had. They should have named the division something other than Merkur though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ford Scorpio was a great car. Subtle styling, great handling, and rear wheel drive. I had one for a few years, and I still can't believe how much fun I had with a large sedan with a small engine (2.0L) and a lot of weight.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I used to take my ignition coil wire with me back in the day to try and prevent theft... like my father used to say, a lock only stops an honest person.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is amazing to me that car theft is tolerated as much as it is. It is a huge inconvience and expense for the victim, but nothing of any real consequence happens to the thieves when they are caught. I would like to see death be the punishment for messing with some one else's primary means of transportation. We used to execute horse thieves - let's extend it to car thieves.
      At least it will cut down on repeat offenders.
      • 7 Years Ago
      scorpio still looks good today. I remember drooling over them back then as a kid.
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