Faustino Ibarra is facing charges related to stealing Tim Allen's 1996 Chevrolet Impala last week. Ibarra took the modified sedan from Allen's garage in Los Angeles and drove it more than 1,000 miles to Denver, where family members turned him in to local authorities. But the story took a turn for the strange once a local reporter sat down with the thief for an interview. While speaking to a local news outlet from behind bars, the 32-year-old Ibarra said Allen actually gave him permission to take the car because the celebrity had adopted him as his son some years back.

"I emailed my dad the morning I got the car in and everything is fine and I've got the car and it's ready for you and we need to talk about me coming to live with you," Ibarra said. He is currently being held without bond. He will be extradited to California to face charges ranging from grand theft auto to stalking.

Allen had the Impala built with a 32-valve Corvette ZR1 engine with 446 horsepower and a custom interior to serve as his ride of choice to black tie events in the '90s. You can view the interview for yourself below.


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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some douchbag in a Honda totalled my cherry super clean '95 SS this year (original owner). :( Miss the car when I see others on the road or get reminders like this thread. One of Chevy's truly great vehicles, and ultra-reliable to boot.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Sorry to hear that. I would have thought the Honda would just bounce right off like a gnat hitting a freight train.
          penstate79
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          My condolences for your loss, Ducman. I hope no one was injured. I would think it would be repairable since it is a body/frame design, am I correct about that?
      beverlyamy1
      • 2 Years Ago
      al did it.
      Victor A. Frederick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure celebs adopt kids that are young. Not 20-30 year olds. And his family members turned him in, yeah mental health issue.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car is a "sleeper", a stock appearing car that normally wouldn't turn heads but will whip your butt at the stoplights. It sure beats driving a Prius like many other stars drive!
      davebo357
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm assuming this car has the engine from the 90's ZR1, not updated with the current ZR1? Which brings me to my next question: can someone please put the current ZR1's engine in a '96 Impala, then adopt me and leave the keys where I can find them? Thanks in advance.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @davebo357
        They got it correct, they just forgot to include the "-" in the ZR-1 name that the 90's version used. They knew which car they were talking about, give them a break.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tim Allen is a far right wing loon who continually interjects politics into his performances. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Who cares? As mentioned, plenty of comedians do this. I mean, most people have opinions on things. comedians are, in fact, people as well. You must not listen to many comedians. Frankly, I didn't even know Tim Allen does shows, so that goes to show that you may not be up to date on following the latest comedians lol.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Plenty of other comedians interject their politics into their routines. So what?
          dukeisduke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @prince_david
          It's only allowed if you're a lefty. Didn't you get the memo?
        El Sunbird
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        No one cares.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        People who lean right politically should have their stuff stolen. Gotcha. Fortunately for you, you have the right guy in the White House.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        The 1996 Impala is a classic, and most people are in agreement with that.
          acrcpe45
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          True, but it is still a "whale car"
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
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          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          Okay smart Alecks, it may not be a "classic" in the literal sense, but the fact of the matter is that the 1994-1996 Impala SS does have a lot of appeal among enthusiasts. It may not be a classic the likes of a Tucker Torpedo, but you never know. It could one day come to be considered a true "classic".
          penstate79
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          The word "Classic" is often used as a substitute word for "very collectible". As handsome and slick as it looks, there is nothing classic about this lovely mid 1990s Impala, as opposed to, say, a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, 1946-49 MG-TC, or a 1933 Auburn Boattail Speedster. The Classic Car Club of America is said to have invented the word, "classic car", defining it as a "fine" or "distinctive" automobile, American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. I cannot verify that as fact, but please hear me out. Generally, a Classic was high-priced when new and was built in limited quantities. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork, luxury accessories, power brakes, power clutch, automatic lubrication systems, etc., help determine whether a car is considered to be a Classic. The CCCA has an admittedly narrow focus, tending to be interested only in "distinctive" cars available in a limited time period. Racing cars and serious sports cars are not covered by the CCCA, either. I am NOT a CCCA member. I am an Antique Automobile Association of America (AACA) member. The AACA has a broader focus, tending toward "collectible" cars, American or foreign built, produced approximately more than 25 years ago. This magnificent Chevy Impala will be eligible in just a few short years. As for the whale lovers, remember Rain Man, the '48 Roadmaster? It may have been a whale but it was a BEAUTIFUL whale. And it smiled nicely, even at people who called it a "whale car".
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        I thought it was a parade float
        marcosc
        • 2 Years Ago
        It could be worth more if he turned it into a waterbed.
        • 2 Years Ago
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          Slizzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'm thinking you're the loser here for slinging that slop about. Just because you don't like the idea of this car doesn't mean it's not a good idea. The 1995-1996 Impala SS was a great car (and still is). The seats in this car are perfectly comfortable, and the car is a great cruiser. The fact that it has some power is icing on the cake. The point of this car wasn't to handle great, there are much smaller platforms from that era that can do that better (like the Corvette).
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          What is a "decent car"? That depends who you ask. The reason you were down voted is because your comment purely based on opinion. This is meant to be a big cruiser with some decent performance. It's not a Porsche or a sport compact, and no one here is saying it is, so please, go away if it's not your thing.
      Nick42`
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who builds a 96 anything? I thought this would be a classic 60'smodel Chevy.
      Sekinu2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its pretty simple. Hey Mr Allen did you tell this guy he could take your car? Also do you have any adoption papers? No? Ok looks like a mental case.
      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tim copuld go a little retro. Put an old set of Cragars ob the car. The ones with the fake spinner hubs.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Dad" Tim Allen should punish the hell out of his "son" by suing his worthless lazy butt!
      aleopard00
      • 2 Years Ago
      How can a car be beloved?
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