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Judge: Rare 1954 Ferrari must be auctioned

CINCINNATI – A southwest Ohio judge has ruled that a decades-long international dispute about a rare luxury car must come to an end in an auction within a year.

The vehicle in question is a 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Spider, one of six ever made.

It once belonged to a Cincinnati car aficionado who later sold it to a Westwood man. Court records show the man removed some of the car’s parts to prevent its theft, but the 12-cylinder vehicle later was stolen and disappeared until 1989, when it was imported into Europe.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reported the judge last week ordered the car’s parts that are still in Cincinnati, the refurbished car and its original motor be auctioned to end a 2010 lawsuit brought by one of the alleged owners.