This is the remarkable story of lost love and found. A man in Texas, Bob Russell never lost hope that one day he would reunite with his British roadster, a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000.
The vehicle was stolen 42 year ago! Yes 42, outside his Philadelphia apartment.
Last month, Bob was looking on eBay … and guess what – he found a cream-colored 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 car was listed for auction by a Los Angeles car dealer – the same color and the same year as his car. Then after a closer look – the vehicle identification number (VIN) matched.
“I’m not trying to sound indelicate, but you’re selling my car,” Russell told the dealer.
The dealer had the car in Los Angeles with a final bid of $19,700.
After Los Angeles police told Russell they could not recover it because it was not listed as an active stolen car, Russell called the Philadelphia Police Department, which, luckily for him, had a few tricks up its sleeve.
Once the case was active again, LAPD impounded the car.
The Austin-Healey 3000 was built from 1959 to 1967 by Jensen Motors. The 3000 Mark III was the most powerful model and was produced between October 1963 and the end of 1967 when production of Austin-Healeys ceased.