Small cars that can be chopped into parts and sold for use by street racers dominated the list of the most-stolen autos in the U.S. last year, but high-priced cars and expensive sport-utility vehicles also ranked high. Leading the way was the 2001 BMW M-Series Roadster, which was stolen at a rate of one for every 200 on the road, according to the Chicago-based CCC Information Services, an industry group that tracks theft and vehicle damage.
Six of the top 10 most-stolen cars were models of the Acura Integra, which has a powerful engine that easily can be swapped into a lighter Honda Civic, making it a quick street racer, reports the Associated Press. The Acura models in the top 10 are from the mid-to-late 1990s through 2001. Thieves grind serial numbers off the Acura’s double-overhead-cam engines and drop them into Hondas. The 2004 and 2005 Suzuki Aerio, another small car with a powerful engine, appeared in the No. 11 and 12 slots.