Fancy surfing the internet and more particular Ebay and to your amazement you see right in front of you, your pride and joy from the 1960’s
Bob Russell, when living in Philadelphia, USA was about to take his now spouse out on a second date, key in his hand, dressed to the nines, only to find that his 1967 Austin Healy 3000 had been stolen from out side his apartment.
In 1968 he paid over $3000 for this genuine piece of British Motoring History from his friend.
Over the years he had thought that it was long gone, either smashed or wrecked and crushed, but his gut feeling still niggled him and every so often he would look in news papers and recently since the birth of the internet, Ebay. To his surprise in May this year, he saw his car up for auction in Beverly Hills LA.
He soon raised the alarm and contacted his local police department. He still had the key and log book for the car, however, they needed definitive proof that he was the owner, research at first implied that there was no record of the theft, only to then discover that there was a small printing error in the filed records with the police back when the theft occurred.
The car never reached its auction price and the final bid was just over $19K, there was a few weeks of haggling with the dealer who tried to sell the car back to Russell, Finally the paper work turned up and with a few affidavits from his friends the local police impounded the car until Russell could sort out the logistics of getting it back to his home. A few $1000 later the owner and car was re united.
The car was in running order abate a little shabby with years of neglect and the brakes had failed. Russell went on to say that he was going to restore it to its full glory and when finished could be worth over $50’000.00
Sometimes ‘There is God’ :-)
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Nice, to have a happy ending !
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