Thieves steal rare SUV off Chaplin's lot
September 26, 2012 · 4:32 PM
The 1993 GMC Typhoon parked at Chaplin's Chevrolet in North Bend proved too much of a temptation for a car thief. The vehicle was stolen from Chaplin's lot last week.
"It's a bit of a desired vehicle, because of what it is," said Chaplin's general sales manager Michael Lawrence, who reported the theft on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The truck is modeled after the GMC Jimmy and looks like an ordinary SUV, but it has a 262.4 cubic-inch, 280-horsepower engine and a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. According to factory specifications, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, and drag a quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds. Less than 5,000 of them were produced from 1992 to 1993.
"If someone knew what it was, they might have known that it had a high performance engine in it," said Lawrence.
Lawrence couldn't remember another vehicle being stolen from the business since he started there in May of 2009.