Man recovers stolen car after 42 years

    Some good news out of Texas: A man whose 1967 Austin Healey was stolen 42 years ago from his Philadelphia home has recovered the car.

    The Dallas Morning News and the Associated Press are carrying stories about Robert Russell of Southlake, Texas, and his tireless decades-long search for the prized sports car.

    After spotting the vehicle on eBay, he called the Beverly Hills car dealership that was selling it. The vehicle’s identification number was a match for his stolen car, and he had the original key and car title — but he didn’t have a copy of the stolen-car report to prove that it was taken from him.

    With the help of Philadelphia police, he tracked down the report and reactivated the file, enabling L.A. police to impound the car.

    The 66-year-old retiree told the Morning News he paid a $3,000 for the car when he bought it. Today it is worth $23,000, though Russell says it needs some brake work.

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