Stolen "Pulp Fiction" Chevy Malibu Recovered

Tarantino’s "Pulp Fiction" Stolen Malibu Found

Victorville, CA. deputy helps find Quentin Tarantino's stolen Malibu
Los Angeles News Group Headline

Nearly two decades after its disappearance during the 1994 production of “Pulp Fiction”, Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino’s 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, was recently recovered in Oakland, CA. during April 2013.

On April 18th, Deputy Sheriff Carlos Arrieta observed two men apparently stripping an older model Chevy Malibu near the Mojave Vista Elementary School in Victorville, CA.  While investigating the situation, Deputy Arrieta ran the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle and learned it was registered as a Malibu from the Oakland, CA area.  One of the gentlemen stopped by Arrieta insisted the car had been his since the 1970's.  Suspecting something wasn't passing an experienced deputy's "smell test", Arrieta asked for assistance from the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force.

Bay area investigators Carlos Flores, the DA's Senior Investigator and CHIPs (California Highway Patrol) Officer Brian Layva learned the VIN number for the car found in Victorville investigated legitimately belonged to that vehicle, but it hadn't been registered with the CA. Dept of Motor Vehicles for several decades.

This also put the VIN number on the radar of multiple police agencies, and shortly thereafter the Bay Area authorities were alerted to the fact the VIN number also matched a 1964 Chevy Malibu in their area.  The investigators then contacted the owner of the second Malibu and confirmed the fact his Malibu had a cloned VIN number

Additionally, the investigation revealed the second Malibu was stolen from Tarantino in 1994. The individual who possessed Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" Malibu was not believed to have been involved with the original theft and was deemed to have been a victim of fraud.  As of today, it has not been confirmed if the vehicle has been returned to Tarantino.

For Movie-Goer Historical Significance - 
The car plays a role in the scene in which John Travolta's Vincent Vega character takes Uma Thurman's Mia Wallace character dancing. Later, after Mia has a drug overdose, Vega crashes the car into the home of a his drug dealer, Lance (Eric Stoltz), hoping his friend can save Mia's life.

Also, the "Pulp Fiction" Chevelle is not the only classic car owned by Tarantino with celebrity history.  He also owns the "Pussy Wagon" from his movie "Kill Bill" and has been seen driving it around L.A.