• Apr 11, 2006

In 2002, Matt Frame's 1967 Camaro SS was stolen from outside his hotel room. Losing such a wonderful car is bad enough, but sentimental reasons meant that the vehicle was truly irreplaceable. Purchased as a $1,000 basket case while Matt was in high school, the restoration was a father-son project; with the elder Frame later succumbing to cancer.

While searching across eBay a couple of weeks ago, though, Frame came across a familiar-looking car while browsing eBay. Located in Crystal River, FL, the current owner apparently (and understandably) denied that it was Frame's car. That is, until Frame popped the center caps to reveal his name and contact information.

This is the second story in a month that involves a first-gen Camaro and a father-son connection; in March, Anthony McCoy was reunited with the '69 Camaro that was built for him by his since-departed dad.

[Sources: Charleston Daily Mail; Camaros.net]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Paulo, you assume he had a great deal of coverage. He might only have had liability (minimum requirement).

      I can guarantee he'll be glad to repay the insurance company!!

      Possession of stolen goods can be a felony in the U.S. regardless of how the seller got the car...
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a gorgeous car that was!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad he got it back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In the UK, Frame would have been paid out and the car if recovered, would be owned by the insurer. The buyer (the ebay seller), if he bought at reasonable terms, would also be considered the rightful owner and would probably keep it. Thus, it would have been the insurer that lost out.

      Is this also the case in the US?

      Since it seems that Frame got his car back, he must have had to repay the insurer. I hope that the auction house pays back the guy that bought it from them though.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you all for the nice things you have said my family and I are very happy to have our camaro home. That car is our whole life. Police are working hard to catch the people involved if any of you would like pics of the car email me ay mframe67@hotmail.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      In Germany one can never rightfully own goods stolen from somebody else even if those goods were sold by a third party. The ebay seller would actually lose both the car and the money but could of course try to recover the money from the ones who auctioned off the car.
      I can't believe it to be different in the UK.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if they filed charges against the seller.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's a touching story. It's great to see his wife to be just as jazzed about the car as he is, and that it embodied quality time with his dad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The seller bought it at auction. They'll go through the auction to find who brought it there. Great story though. Feel sorry for the seller if they lose $38,000.
      • 8 Years Ago
      AJC:
      The article said they are looking for the theives. The guy selling it on eBay bought the car at a guaranteed auction for $38,000.