Texas Man Reunited With His ‘Love’ After It Was Stolen 42 Years Ago [VIDEO]
Miracles really do happen! Just ask a Texas man whose "love" was stolen in front of his house over 42 years ago. Bob Russell, a retired sales manager from Southlake, Texas, has searched for his "love," a 1967 Austin Healy 3000, ever since it was stolen in front of his home in 1970, while living in Philadelphia over 42 years ago.
Russell spent a lot of time looking for his beloved car online, and finally found his car on eBay. It was listed with a dealer in an online auction. It had a final bid of $19,700.
According to ABC News, Russell knew it was his car because the vehicle identification number matched the one on the title he had kept since the theft. Russell explained to the dealer that the car belonged to him, but the dealer countered that the car was bought from a man who claimed it had been in his family since 1970, according to AP.
"Well, the car was stolen in 1970, so you can draw your own conclusion," Russell said. "They either stole it or bought it from the guy who stole it."
The dealer offered to sell the car back to Russell for $24,000. While the vehicle identification number of the dealer's Healey matched that of his missing vehicle, it took a while for Russell to obtain a copy of the stolen-car report he filed so long ago, due to an FBI database error.
When it was sorted out, Philadelphia police reactivated the file and contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to impound the car.
Here is what ABC News reported Russell saying about finding the car:
"The fact that the car still exists is improbable," he said. "It could have been junked or wrecked."
Russell and his wife Cynthia drove to California on June 16 to claim the car. They paid about $600 in impoundment fees and another $800 to have the car shipped back to their home in Texas.
"We were probably out $1500 plus six days of travel and hotel costs," Russell told AP. "I'm not complaining about any of that. I couldn't get the credit card out of my pocket fast enough."
Russell plans to restore the car to its original glory and afterward the car could worth as much as $50,000. the story has a happy ending, well for Bob Russell anyway. The dealer probably had a bad day!