The AP is reporting on a Texas man who was reunited with his 1967 Austin-Healey after it was stolen 42 years ago.
The 66-year-old retired sales manager from Southlake told the Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/ML2fBq ) he paid a friend $3000 for the car. It had sentimental value to him because it was stolen the morning after he took his future wife out on their second date.
Russell said he spent years surfing the Internet looking for the car and didn’t have much hope of finding it.
“The fact that the car still exists is improbable,” he said. “It could have been junked or wrecked.”
He said he checked on eBay periodically and spotted it a few weeks ago. He immediately called a Beverly Hills car dealership that was selling it.
He said the vehicle’s identification number matched that of his car. He had the original key and car title, but not a copy of the stolen-car report to prove that it was stolen from him.
After a number of phone calls, the report finally surfaced and Russell and his wife drove off into the sunset with their car…
Oh, and by the way, the car is now valued at $23,000.
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department