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Friday, 21 December, 2001, 11:04 GMT
'Stolen' supercar found
Allard Marx, Chairman and Founder of Delfino, pictured with the supercar
Mr Marx feared thieves had taken the prototype car
A 2m prototype supercar which was reported stolen has been found - in a police compound.

The chairman of the company behind the unique Delfino Feroce phoned the police in a panic when the convertible sports car went missing a week ago from outside a friend's home in Fulham, west London.


It's been found, rather embarrassingly, in a car pound

A friend of Allard Marx
Allard Marx, chairman and founder of the Delfino company, had left the car there for less than an hour and feared thieves had stolen it.

Scotland Yard launched a full-scale search for the turbo-charged jet black car.

200 bill

But it turned up in a police pound in Chelsea where it had been taken after being clamped.

His friend said: "It's been found, rather embarrassingly, in a car pound.

"Allard was gutted to have lost it and is delighted to have it back, there was an emotional attachment to it."

Mr Marx will now have to pay more than 200 to get the car out of the pound.

The friend said: "It's cheap at the price - it was probably cheaper than leaving it in the long term car park at Heathrow."

A retail version of the car, whose name translates from Italian to mean "fierce dolphin," is due to go on sale next year for 55,000.

The 280bhp convertible sports car can hit 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds.

After it disappeared on 14 December, Mr Marx said he did not take it out very often because it was the only one of its kind.

He was returning from a film studio, where the car had been "auditioning" for a major film role, and left it alone for less than an hour when it was clamped.

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