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42 years later man finds his stolen car on Ebay

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/h...is-stolen-classic-car-42-years-later-on-ebay/

    Hey, that’s my motor! Man finds his stolen classic car 42 years later – on eBay

    For most people unlucky enough to have their car stolen, that’s the last they ever see of it. Sure, it might turn up in a field as a burnt-out shell, wrecked by joyriders out for a good time, but in most cases, once it’s gone it’s gone.

    And that’s precisely what Bob Russell thought when his classic sports car, a UK-made 1967 Austin Healey 3000, was taken from outside his apartment complex in Philadelphia.

    Determined to be reunited with his beloved automobile, Bob, 66, spent hours online, trawling through numerous car dealership websites. Incredibly, his perseverance paid off, as Bob recently located his cherished car in an online auction on eBay. But what makes the story even more remarkable is that his car was stolen way back in 1970.

    According to a Dallas Morning News report, Bob paid out $3,000 for the Austin Healey in 1968, a princely sum back then. The young Bob had been having fun taking out his then girlfriend (later wife) in his snazzy new motor, but after just two dates, the car was taken.

    With the advent of the World Wide Web, Bob, who now lives in Dallas, began his mammoth online search. “Ever since eBay showed up, I’d check it periodically,” Bob told the Dallas Morning News.

    His determination to locate his lost love paid off when one morning in May he came across it being sold on eBay by the Beverly Hills Car Club dealership. As you might expect, Bob wasted no time in calling the seller, choosing his words carefully. “I hate to sound indelicate, but you’re selling a stolen car,” he told the dealer.

    Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/h...sic-car-42-years-later-on-ebay/#ixzz20QS5MMjX
  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    That's pretty friggin cool
  3. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    I guess it was good he kept all the paperwork on it.
  4. Bill Wooten

    Bill Wooten Active Member

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    "It’s not clear what security precautions Bob has taken to prevent a repeat of the Philadelphia crime, but presumably it’s now one of the best protected cars in the country."


    I think it is very clear what security precaution he has taken. He moved out of Philly.
  5. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Sure wish I could find my 1966 Candyapple red mustang that was stolen in 1987, loved that car :(
  6. yimyammer

    yimyammer Well-Known Member

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    www.ebay.com

    :popcorn:
  7. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Nice story.
  8. Yeagermeister

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