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Quentin Tarantino

Stolen 'Pulp Fiction' Chevy Coming Home

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4/30/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0428_quentin_chevyQuentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" '65 Chevy has been through the wringer since it was stolen nearly 2 decades ago ... but it's no worse for the wear ... because the current owner spent more than $20,000 to restore it!

TMZ broke the story ... the red Chevy that Vincent Vega drove on his "date" with Mia Wallace in the 1994 movie -- was stolen from outside Q's L.A. home back in May 1995.  The car was finally recovered last week after the arrest of a suspected classic car thief.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the Chevy was in mint condition when it was jacked ... then went AWOL for several years before being passed around a couple of collectors.

At one point the car was abandoned in Oakland ... but the VIN number had been tampered with, so officials couldn't connect the car back to Quentin.

A collector in Northern California bought the car roughly 10 years ago ... and has had it ever since, completely unaware of its stolen past.

When cops came a-callin', after the arrest of a suspected classic car thief, the collector told cops the ride was in rough shape when he bought it ... and he's spent more than $20k to make it pretty again.

We're talkin ... new wheels, new tires, new top, fresh paint job, new chrome and plenty of interior work ... clearly it didn't get the TLC a classic car deserves.

Authorities say Tarantino should get his old rig back in the next few weeks.

The current owner should be able to make an insurance claim ... but it's unclear if he'll be reimbursed for a mint '65 Chevy ($$) ... or a mint '65 Chevy that was in 'Pulp Fiction' ($$$$$$$$$$).

Stay tuned ...

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Cool ride.

360 days ago
2.

Mrugowsky    

Quentin finally got his tight whip back. He must be pleased.

360 days ago
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Boogie Onerism    

Il buy that for a splat dollar

360 days ago
4.

NOT ELMO    

i'm into New SUV's Not Old Cars....

360 days ago
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mr.howell     

Wow,she's a real beauty!..lucky Quentin!.

360 days ago
6.

21stcent    

Getting it back after 20 years with 20 thousand dollars of restoration? Some people are just lucky!

360 days ago
7.

static    

The people of California can finally rest easy knowing this case has been solved.

360 days ago
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Marciano2424    

Gorgeous ride classic not like that plastic junk car they make today civic lol junk cars

360 days ago
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mrz16    

This car has a 1964 Chevelle front end. I haven't seen other pictures of the interior or rear view of the car, but like the front end, they differ from model year to model year. Any true Chevelle enthusiast will know the difference between a 1964 and 1965 Chevelle. This picture depicts a 1964 model.

TMZ employees youngsters that weren't even born when these cars were built. As a "news" organization you should investigate and know your facts before touting your ignorance.

360 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

sad thing is.all they will do with the car is end up putting it in a musem.meanwhile the owner who had it probably cherished the car.it was stolen though its rightfully quinetens but i feel bad for the guy who bought it and put all that money into it to restore it

360 days ago
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disembedded    

"...new wheels, new tires, new top, fresh paint job, new chrome and plenty of interior work ... clearly it didn't get the TLC a classic car deserves." It didn't? I don't understand....

360 days ago
12.

verlinda    

Does this car belong to Quinton, I mean, I am sure the insurance company paid him when it went missing. Looks like it belongs to the insurance company

360 days ago
13.

Gretel    

I love old cars. My dad has a 1969 Chevelle SS that he's been restoring for years.

360 days ago
14.

Danielle    

I wonder if it is the same Chevy Malibu that was also in Navy Seals that Charlie Sheen owned?

360 days ago
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RATTLESNAKE     

fawk tarantino dude is a violence whore , and he thinks that his fat a zz make believe world is sooooo important , he is just as much a puppet as the others in hollywood.....

360 days ago
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