1982: Rod Stewart Was Mugged, Gunman Steals His $50,000 Porsche

By | April 20, 2020

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English Rock singer Rod Stewart performs onstage at the Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, January 12, 1982. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Rock star Rod Stewart has always been mad about cars, especially Lamborghinis and Ferraris, but having his 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo stolen in broad daylight must have left him furious. In fact the experience, in which he had to help the inept thief start the car, was so upsetting it might have been a reason Stewart fled Los Angeles for the comfort of his English homeland. An old raincoat won't ever let you down, but a crook with a gun saying "gimme your keys" will ruin your day.

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As a child, Rod Stewart saw his career options very simply: soccer or music. Most kids dream of one or the other but Rod the Mod really thought those were his only two options. After not getting a call back with Brentford Football Club, he decided it was music. "Well, a musician's life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music." So -- music it is. Luckily for Stewart, he was incredibly talented. Otherwise, he would have had to continue meeting girls at protests and sleeping under bridges as he did before stardom hit.

Thankfully, for Stewart, he made it big in music and the girls, money, and cars came rolling in. One particular car, a black 1977 Porsche Carrera Turbo caught the eye of a Los Angeles criminal who gave Stewart, his young daughter, and assistant the fright of their lives.