• Jun 24, 2007

In 1976, the Palo Alto, California owner of a 1956 Ford Thunderbird had his car stolen from him. In an unwitting stroke of fortune, he still lives not far from where his baby was taken. This week, he got a call -- thirty-one years later -- that his 51-year-old car has been found in Southern California. Turns out a SoCal woman bought it from a seller in Ohio, but had to get help with the VIN number from the California Highway Patrol. When they ran the mismatching VIN numbers, they realized it was stolen, and then tracked down the records of the owner. Even better for the now-restored owner: the car is still in "cherry" condition, and has only 24,979 miles on it. (The '56 Thunderbird in the pic isn't the actual stolen car.)

Thanks for the tip, Chuck!

[Source: Sports Car Market magazine]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      "I wouldn't be surprised that whoever winds up getting arrested for stealing this thing doesn't submit a bill to the rightful owner for 'up keep'.. LOL"

      I`m sure there`s a lawer out there that would take up a case for this. (Crooks)

      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Such a nice car! I am happy the rightful owner is getting it back. I still miss the 79 Ford truck I was raised in. However, I am pretty sure it was taken to Mexico never to be recovered again. That was going to be my first vehicle when I was 16. =( Luckily, my grandparents old neighbor was playing with the "explorer" hood ornament and broke it off. At least I still have that to remember it by.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder why anyone would steal the car, then stow it all those years. Perhaps they thought the theft would have been forgotten. Maybe the TBird was bought and sold before getting on EBay. Thirty one years is a long time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The insurance co. paid off long ago and could ask for the car or a refund, and if nasty, with interest!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is great news for the owner but too bad for the innocent buyer.
      This is much like the corvette recovered a year ago or so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wonderful news for the owner.