John Travolta was left stranded in Santa Monica over the weekend, after his car mysteriously vanished off a local street corner.
And this wasn’t any old car, either. The thief got away with John’s 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, estimated to be worth around $100,000. So where was the star when his baby got stolen? At a car dealer of course! Because when you’re John Travolta, one $100,000 car just isn’t enough. The 57-year-old was checking out Jaguar’s at a car showroom nearby.
Ah, the irony of it all.
The Los Angeles Times writes: “It was not known whether the theft was captured on video because Travolta parked in a residential area and walked to the Jaguar dealership on Olympic Boulevard. Also unclear was whether the thief or thieves had followed Travolta or just happened upon the emply vehicle.”
Apparently, the Saturday Night Fever star was only away from his prized Merce for 10 minutes, and returned to the dealership to wait for cops once he realized the car had been swiped. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis says the investigation into Sunday’s theft is still ongoing.
“It’s a grand theft auto investigation for a crime that happened in a 10-minute window. I don’t want to specualte because it’s very early in the investigation.”
John, 57, is known as a plane enthusiast, but revealed he had to satisfy his love for engines with cars before fame and fortune allowed him to indulge in planes.
“I had to content myself with cars before I could ever contemplate owning a place,” he once said. “My first, in 1974, was a 1962 Oldsmobile. I had some minor TV work, got paid and wanted to get on the road. It was a small step to what I wanted to achieve.”
John’s collection of wheels reportedly includes a Rolls-Royce, a Jaguar, and his beloved Thunderbird.