Man Finds Stolen Car on eBay 42 Years Later
Robert Russell and his wife reunited with his 1967 Austin Healey at his home in Texas. (Los Angeles Sheriff's Department)
Robert Russell, who now lives in Texas, had his 1967 Austin Healey stolen when he lived in Philadelphia in 1970.
Russell never gave up looking for the car and continued his search, scouring the internet.
In May, with his original certificate of title, Russell was able to match the vehicle identification number on a car being sold on eBay from East L.A. to his Austin Healey.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives recovered the car and returned it to Russell, who took the car back to Texas.
Russell said the car was intact and in fair condition, requiring a bit of exterior and interior work.
Russell said he continued to search for the vehicle not for its monetary value, but for its sentimental value to him and his wife. He paid $3,000 for the car and in its currently condition, is worth about $23,000.