After his second date with his future wife 42-years ago, Bob Russell of Dallas, TX discovered that his 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was missing from his Philly-area apartment. Although he assumed that the car was wrecked or brought to a chop shop, he never gave up hope that it may still be out there, and checked eBay constantly for a car that matched the description.
In May, all that persistence paid off when Bob once again laid eyes on his beloved Austin Healey as it was offered for sale by the Beverly Hills Car Club. To add to his good fortune, “The car didn’t meet the auction’s reserve price and Russell still had the original keys along with signed affidavits from friends and the original owner that he never sold the car.”
Philadelphia and Los Angeles Police reopened the case, and Bob was able to get his car back for about $1,500 in impound and transport fees – a far cry from the $24,000 the dealer wanted. Now that he has it back, Bob is planning a restoration… hopefully with an added security system.