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Antique Porsche Destroyed by Fire

(Michiana Shores, IN) - A Chicago woman was enjoying the recent beautiful Harbor Country weather in her 1956 Porsche convertible then suddenly her high dollar sports car was engulfed in flames.


It appears the cause of the fire had something to do with the engine.


Barbee Bancroft, 70, was at an intersection late Monday morning in Michiana Shores, according to LaPorte County Police.


Police said Bancroft was preparing to turn onto Michiana Dr. when hearing what she described as a “loud bang.”


The next thing she noticed were large flames coming from the rear of the red car.


The engine was in the back end of the vehicle.


She pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived, police said.


Fortunately, she had insurance on the car, police said.


Cars of that type depending on condition are listed for sale on eBay for as much as $400,000.


Bancroft, who has a second home in Michiana Shores, was not injured.

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