Stolen car recovered after 42 years
A MAN in the United States man has recovered his prized sports car stolen 42 years ago after spotting it on eBay.
Robert Russell told police he had never given up searching for the 1967 Austin Healy after it was stolen from his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home in 1970.
The 66-year-old retired sales manager paid a friend $US3000) for the car.
It had sentimental value because it was stolen the morning after he took his wife-to-be on their second date.
Mr Russell says he spent years surfing the internet looking for the car, but did not have much hope of finding it.
“The fact that the car still exists is improbable,” he says.
“It could have been junked or wrecked.”
He says he checked on eBay periodically and spotted it a few weeks ago.
Mr Russell immediately called the Beverly Hills car dealership that was selling it.
He says 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.
Mr Russell contacted Philadelphia police for help and learned that the stolen-car report was not showing up because one number was entered incorrectly. The report was then found and the file was reactivated, enabling Los Angeles authorities to impound the car.
Mr Russell and his wife, Cynthia, drove to Los Angeles and took possession of the car.
It is now valued at $US23,000.
“It still runs, but the brakes don’t work well,” he says.
“We’re going to put it back the way it was.”