Someone stole the iconic Papa John’s Camaro over the weekend, reports USA Today. Yep, the very same one that can be seen in a fair amount of the pizza chain’s commercials.
The tale of Papa John’s Pizza is really a rags-to-riches story. In 1983, John Schnatter sold his 1971 Camaro Z28 for some money to start his pizza business. He got $2,500 for the car and set off to build his dream of a pizza company.
Eventually, Schnatter found his original car and bought it back for about $250,000. Chump change if you’re the head of a massive pizza empire. Especially for something with such a sentimental value.
Schnatter had driven it to Detroit for a car show over the weekend. He woke up Sunday morning to find it missing. After calling they authorities, the car was found in the driveay of an abandoned home by a landscaper who recognized the iconic design.
Other than a missing plate and a bent license plate holder, the car remained unscathed.
Also, there was an Altoid wedged between the steering wheel. Animals.