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EmpireCovers Highlights On This Day in 1963

On August 8, 1963, an ex-British Army truck and two stolen Land Rovers were part of one of the most famous heists of all time, the Great Train Robbery.


A well-known burglar and mastermind of the Great Train Robbery, Bruce Reynolds, and 14 other men stole nearly $7 million. Inspired by American westerns, the men held up a train headed for England. They tampered with line signals in order to get the train to stop. After ambushing the train, the men loaded 120 bags filled the loot and took off in the Land Rovers and ex-Army truck.

Police eventually tracked down the Land Rovers and arrested 12 of the men. A majority of the loot was never recovered.  The men were sentenced to a total of 300 years; one of the men, Ronnie Biggs, escaped prison after 15 months, underwent plastic surgery and eluded law enforcement until voluntarily returning in 2001 to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Prevent your car from being involved in future heists with an EmpireCovers vehicle cover! Not only do car covers protect your paint job, they are also a great theft deterrent. While our car covers are easy-to-use, thieves want a car that is easily assessable. They also want to see what’s inside the car before breaking in to it. A car cover is the perfect solution, especially one with a cable and lock kit.

About the Author

Courtney Iovanovich is an automotive expert and the Public Relations Specialist for EmpireCovers. Growing up near Detroit, she is the granddaughter to three General Motors factory workers. After graduating from Wayne State University, Courtney moved out to Philadelphia to work for EmpireCovers.

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