Nearly two decades after it was stolen, a cherry red 1964 Chevelle Malibu belonging to Quentin Tarantino—and driven by John Travolta in Pulp Fiction—has been recovered near Oakland, ending years in which Tarantino was, ironically, the victim of someone stealing his style. A police investigation of two men found stripping another older Malibu led to the recovery, after running that vehicle’s identification number kicked back a match for another Malibu registered in the Bay Area. Eventually it was determined that the VIN had been cloned, and the Malibu that had been registered under that number was, in fact, the same car that had been stolen from in front of Tarantino’s house in 1994, not long after it made its iconic film debut.
While the case is still under investigation, the Malibu’s current owner apparently had no idea the car he was driving was stolen, let alone stolen and famous, so he will not be charged. In fact, although one of the men involved in the story could be prosecuted as part of a larger fraud investigation, the statute of limitations means likely no one will be arrested for the theft—not even under the charge of being a dickless piece of shit who fucks with another man’s vehicle, a crime for which one typically receives no trial, no jury, and goes straight to execution.